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VA supervisors instructed employees at facilities in seven states to falsify veteran wait times

Veterans Affairs supervisors told employees at facilities in seven states to  falsify veteran wait times, according to 70 reports investigating the agency. USA Today has the inside story: Overall, those reports — released after multiple inquiries and a Freedom of Information Act request — reveal for the first time specifics of widespread scheduling manipulation. Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly “zeroed out” veteran wait times, the analysis shows. In some cases, investigators found manipulation had been going on for as long as a decade. In others, it had been just a few years. In many ...

Report: VA staff falsified time it took for suicidal vet to get care

  A Veterans Affairs report alleges staffers at the San Diego VA in 2014 falsified wait times of veterans seeking mental-health care, arguing one veteran even attempted suicide after his doctor cancelled numerous appointments. KPBS has the story: The report released last week said the unnamed veteran’s provider canceled four appointments in a row. The local VA concedes the report is true. “We rescheduled him — that got canceled. Rescheduled him — that got canceled,” said Ray A. Deal, deputy chief for health administration at VA San Diego. “But typically, if a provider calls in sick, we contact all the patients, let them know ...

Bereaved father estimates nearly 4,000 people are killed annually by unlicensed, illegal immigrants

  A man whose son was killed in a hit-and-run by an unlicensed, illegal immigrant estimates 7,500 Americans are killed every year by unlicensed drivers and that half of those people are killed by illegal immigrants behind the wheel. Fox News has the story: As many as 7,500 Americans — 20 per day — are killed annually by unlicensed drivers, and Rosenberg calculates that more than half are the victims of illegal immigrants. Now, by testifying before lawmakers, speaking to parents who have been through the same ordeal and posting his research on his nonprofit’s website, unlicensedtodrive.org, Rosenberg is shedding light on a frightening ...

Join us in the Constitutional Battle of Our Lifetime

Our beloved American freedoms have never been more at risk. We face not only a historic presidential election this year, but also a potentially radical liberal justice if President Obama ignores precedent and pushes through his nominee. After the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, and it’s up to us to hold Senate Republicans accountable as they refuse to cave to President Obama's demands. As National Review points out, the SCOTUS fight isn’t about one justice—it’s about America’s future on a dozen political issues. Help us in the fight by flooding the Senate with petitions, phone calls and ...

One Of The Best Super Bowl Ads Of All Time Was About A Farmer

RAM Trucks ran an advertisement during Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 commemorating U.S. farmers that includes commentary from deceased conservative radio legend Paul Harvey set against a montage filled with evocative all-American imagery — Harvey begins his story where God apparently left off in the Genesis account of creation. "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer ... God said, 'I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.' So God ...

Iowa-based CEOs: It’s time for Washington to tackle our national debt

Chief executive officers from three Des Moines, Iowa-based businesses – Fred Buie of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing; Dan Houston of Principal Financial Group; and Robert Ritz of Mercy Medical Center – sounded off this week about the national debt during a pre-caucus roundtable, saying our debt curbs innovation and growth. The Des Moines Register has the details: “I expect to see the next administration … control costs, but we’ve got to figure out a way to grow the economy. It’s been about 2 percent per year for the last three or four years and that’s just not enough,” said Fred Buie, president of Keystone Electrical Manufactur...

Support for tax reform grows as Wall Street CEO says current tax code is ‘legitimate concern’

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon in an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo this week says that he, whose company received bailout money, thinks Congress needs to reform tax policy and structure it to “help everyone compete.” FOX Business Network has the exclusive: DIMON: Tax reform, if it's done right, would help business grow faster, and would help all Americans. And, you know, we've had this debate, this corporate tax and individual tax, and we're not going to help the companies, or we don't want to help the individuals. What you want to do is help everyone compete. Remember, when companies do well they also pass better prices onto consumers, ...

Economist: It’s time for a ‘massively simpler’ tax code

John Cochrane, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is calling on legislators to overhaul the tax code in a way that puts fewer burdens on everyday Americans. Cochrane outlines his plan in a column for The Wall Street Journal: The first goal of taxation is to raise needed government revenue with minimum economic damage. That means lower marginal rates—the additional tax people pay for each extra dollar earned—and a broader base of income subject to tax. It also means a massively simpler tax code. In my view, simplification is more important than rates. A simple code would allow people and businesses to spend more ...

5 Times Obamacare was terrible for America

It’s no surprise that President Obama set a red tape record this week, reaching 545,857 total pages of regulations since his administration began in 2009. What can you expect when a president’s landmark legislation saddled American businesses and families with a costly, complicated healthcare mandate? Whether it’s shutting down schools or closing your favorite local restaurant, Obamacare has been bad for America since it was signed into law more than five years ago. Here are five examples from this year showing how badly we need to repeal Obamacare. The healthcare mandate was too much for a Nashville, Tenn.-based deli that closed its ...