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Veterans Affairs paper-records system penalizing private doctors who pick up the ball when the VA drops it

The seemingly endless stream of scandals and misconduct coming out of President Obama’s Veteran Affairs department is sickening. The latest travesty revolves around the reimbursement documentation private healthcare providers who take care of veteran patients otherwise neglected by the VA have to file to be compensated for services – a process that moves slower than molasses! The Daily Caller has the story: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs wrote to VA Under Secretary of Health David J. Shulkin May 24 saying TheDCNF’s findings were consistent with what the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found across the department’s entire ...

CBO: Medicaid, Social Security expected to balloon budget deficit over next decade

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the budget deficit will continue to grow over the next 10 years as the elderly retire and seek more medical care. Meanwhile, budget expenditures this year already exceed expenditures from this time last year. ABC News has the details: Economists at JPMorgan Chase are predicting that the deficit for this budget year will total $425 billion. The Congressional Budget Office, which will update its forecast later this month, had predicted in August that the deficit this year would shrink even more to $414 billion but then begin rising for the rest of the decade and will top $1 trillion again by 2025. The ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...

Obamacare: The Retirement Wrecking Ball

After years of working, many seniors look forward to retirement where hobbies and passions can be fully pursued. For James and his wife, their enjoyment was camping in a small motorhome – a simple way to escape from the everyday and reconnect with each other. Yet, this favorite pastime is being placed on hold as the Affordable Care Act is creating a new financial hardship for them. “We lost our Medicare Advantage plans after the Obamacare law went into effect,” shared the California resident. “That was the only Medicare Advantage plan available in our area, and it was cancelled, so we both had to buy a Medigap policy and Part D.” For ...

Small Ball and Scraps: GOP Strategy Aims Low

With the “shutdown” over and the debt ceiling once again raised, attention is shifting to the budget conference required in the law ended said “shutdown.” An article in The Hill, for example, examined whether House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) would be able to close a deal with his Democratic colleagues. When it comes to deal-making, Democrats, emboldened by their recent public relations victory are once again demanding tax increases as a substitute for sequestration’s cuts in 2014. They are also opposed to reforms to Medicare and Social Security – necessary for America’s fiscal survival. Inexplicably, Republicans are holding ...

Softballs from National Review Online

Over at National Review Online, Robert Costa has published a softball interview with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The interview delves into the job of the Majority Whip, which is very simple: Get votes for bills leadership wants to pass. With respect to both Costa and Whip McCarthy, the interview all but totally ignored what has been a defining issue for the GOP-controlled House since 2011: The balance (or, as many fiscal conservatives see it, the imbalance) between principle and strategy. Consider this section of the interview: The recent farm-bill drama was a window into McCarthy’s method — and a sign that on immigration, he ...

State Department Stuffing Prom Queen Ballot Box

The State Department has been caught paying money for Facebook “likes.” What a great use of your tax dollars: State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says. Adding to the embarrassment, the money was spent going after the wrong target audience: The spending increased the bureau's English-language Facebook page likes from 100,000 to more than 2 million and to 450,000 on Facebook's foreign-language pages. Despite the surge in likes, the IG said the effort failed to reach the ...

Tea Party Patriots Call for Secret Ballot so Members Can Vote Conscience on Next Speaker

Members Must be Free from Fear of Retribution Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, called for a secret ballot in the House for the next Speaker so Members can vote their conscience without fear of retribution from leadership. "Through this 'fiscal cliff' crisis Congress has demonstrated once again its incapability of actually cutting government spending and preventing tax hikes. Republicans who stood on principle, and did not cave to political pressure instead should not be impeded from voting for a Speaker with whom they have confidence will help take the country in the right direction. The American people ...

Senator Lankford releases second “Federal Fumbles” report

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently released his second edition of “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” documenting wasteful government spending of the last few years. “The book highlights irresponsible grants, similar or even identical programs that exist across multiple federal agencies, and money spent inefficiently. For many of the entries, you will find legislative solutions to eliminate wasteful spending and force agencies to make more responsible decisions,” writes Sen. Lankford. U.S. national debt will round $19.5 trillion by the end of December and will reach $22 trillion within the decade, projects ...

Prager University: No, getting rid of the electoral college is not the answer

Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton as far as the electoral college goes but appears to have lost the popular vote (a number of states are still counting ballots for a final tally) – something that has some questioning our system of government and wanting to do away with the electoral college altogether. Here’s why that’s a bad idea. Prager University has the details: The President and Vice President of the United States are not chosen by a nationwide, popular vote of the American people; rather, they are chosen by 538 electors. This process is spelled out in the United States Constitution. Why didn’t the Founders just make it easy, and ...