109 results for tag: Big Government


House of Representatives could vote to purge Obamacare of its calorie-count regulation

The Obamacare calorie-count rule that applies to the mom-and-pop pizza shop in your hometown is on the chopping block, with the House of Representatives set to vote to roll back the big-government regulation. The Daily Caller has the story: Obamacare, as it stands, requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensure that restaurants and other outlets selling food print calorie counts. The FDA has also made it a felony to break the calorie count rules. “Few people realize ObamaCare’s tentacles extend all the way into your favorite corner pizza shop, even making an error in posting calorie counts a felony. Congress now has the opportunity ...

Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

Veteran dies of cancer that went undetected by VA doctors for a year

Disabled Army veteran Barry Coates, who became one of the many faces of the Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal, died of cancer Jan. 23 — less than two years after testifying before a House committee to the “gross negligence” he suffered at the hands of the VA. Military.com has the story: Coates, only 46 when he died on Jan. 23, became the face of the Veterans Affairs Department wait-time scandal — in which patients whose appointments were put off by a system unable to handle the volume of men and women needing its services. "It is likely too late for me," he told the House Veterans Affairs Committee during an April 9, 2014 hearing. "The ...

DHS: Majority of visa violators not investigated

Homeland Security officials Wednesday told members of the Senate that 99 percent of the more than 500,000 foreign nationals who overstayed their visas in 2015 weren’t investigated, adding most were deemed “nonpriorities” while others left voluntarily. The Washington Times has the inside story: Meanwhile, the government deported only about 2,500 visa overstays last year, and has only about 3,000 active cases — accounting for just a small fraction of the problem. “Probably the chances are that in our prioritization scheme, we will not get to those individuals unless they rise to the level that it meets either the national security, the ...

ICYMI: Americans say big government is biggest threat to our future

A recent Gallup poll reveals Americans feel most threatened by big government. CNS News has the details: When asked to choose among big government, big labor and big business, Americans overwhelmingly name big government as the biggest threat to the country in the future. According to Gallup, almost nine in 10 Republicans (88%) say big government is the biggest threat to the future of the country, 67% of independents and 53% of Democrats say the same. Results for the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6, 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 824 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 ...

Teacher on compulsory union dues: ‘No one in the U.S. should be forced to give’

Harlan Elrich, an educator fighting California law that requires teachers pay union dues, is speaking up and demanding the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the law, saying "[t]eachers deserve a choice" in deciding who they give their money to. Elrich writes in the Wall Street Journal: I am one of 10 California teachers suing to end compulsory union dues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will be heard by the Supreme Court Jan. 11. Our request is simple: Strike down laws in 23 states that require workers who decline to join a union to pay fees anyway. In our view, paying fees to a union should not be a prerequisite for ...

VA spokesperson: Elimination of disability-claims backlog ‘may not be achievable’

A spokesperson from Veterans Affairs says his agency has made a dent in squaring away veterans’ disability claims but that it likely won’t come close to bringing the number all the way down to zero. The Military Times has the details: The Veterans Affairs Department's backlog of disability claims will finish 2015 near its lowest level in six years, but still will not come close to the publicly promised goal of zero … “While complete elimination of the backlog may not be achievable under our current processing systems and procedures, we know there is still more that we can do,” they said in their statement … In a statement this ...

The new Common Core is the same old thing: Government gone awry

President Obama's No Child Left Behind successor — dubbed the Every Students Succeeds Act — glided through the House and Senate recently and is said to be the solution to the one-size-fits-all Common Core standards but is actually the latest liberal permutation of big-brother government education. The Federalist has the details: ESSA does nothing to protect students and parents from further federal mining of personal data. Through its regulatory powers, the Obama administration already has gutted federal student and family privacy protections, notes the APP analysis. Coupled with the ramping-up of psychosocial assessment, the prospects ...

Tea Party Patriots Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in opposition to the latest spending bill that was released last night: “Tea Party Patriots opposes the latest spending bill to come out of Washington, which will add to our national debt without any plan to balance our budget. Rather than forcing President Obama to consider a real plan to balance our budget in five years and offer our children and grandchildren a debt-free future, the Washington establishment is once again proving they don’t understand the fundamental issues facing our nation. We simply can’t afford to keep ...

Experts: 12 states under no obligation to participate in President Obama’s unconstitutional refugee resettlement program

A Michigan-based law firm says 12 states may refuse and even sue the Obama administration for its efforts to resettle refugees – including some 10,000 from Syria – under the Refugee Act of 1980, which makes participation in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program voluntary. Breitbart has the details: The constitutional argument is that the federal government, without the permission of these 12 Wilson-Fish states, has “commandeered” state funds by placing refugees in their states, thereby obligating states to pay Medicaid expenses for the refugees, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The powers not ...