135 results for tag: Big Government


Arkansas VA spent $408 million on solar-panel project as veterans faced brutal wait-times

Officials at an Arkansas Veterans Affairs hospital over a five-year period spent $408 million a so-called “green management” solar-panel project that went over schedule and over budget as former servicemen and women awaited care long overdue, according to a VA inspector-general report spurred by members of Congress. The Daily Caller has the details: The move to solar is part of the VA’s Green Management Program, which is tasked with installing renewable energy sources at various medical facilities. The probe included 11 out of 15 solar panel projects awarded from 2010 through 2013, which were still incomplete in 2015. Each of the 11 solar ...

Justice Department denied FBI request to probe Clinton Foundation

President Obama’s Justice Department declined a request from the FBI to look into the Clinton Foundation to determine whether Hillary Clinton – during her tenure as secretary of state – engaged in corrupt practices, according to a recent CNN report. The Washington Examiner has the story: The Justice Department's public integrity unit declined to pursue the probe given what it characterized as insufficient evidence, according to a CNN report Wednesday. The State Department's seemingly preferential treatment of foundation donors under Clinton's leadership has raised questions about whether she and her aides ignored conflicts of interest in ...

Report: Detroit VA spent $300,000 on televisions it can’t even use

Staff at the Veteran Affairs medical center in Detroit, Michigan signed off on the purchase of $300,000 worth of incompatible televisions now languishing in a dark VA office, according to a report recently released by federal inspectors. ABC 7 has the details: The report says the items were purchased before an installation contract was awarded, and it was later determined the units were not compatible with design plans. The VA spent nearly $20,000 to adjust their installation design, but still, the majority of the units have not been installed. Adding further to the frustration, the warranties have since expired, which could lead to additi...

Here’s what you have to go through to become a hair braider in some states

If our leaders really wanted to create jobs, they could start by keeping government from crushing small business ventures. In yet another example of bloated regulation, an Institute for Justice report has found that burdensome licensing laws require hair braiders to spend as much as 2,100 hours in training and thousands of dollars on tuition. These barriers prevent entrepreneurs, many of whom are lower-income, from working at a job that many learned in childhood and have practiced for years. Via the Washington Free Beacon: The report also finds that these requirements kill jobs and prevent hair braiders with less capital from entering the job ...

Yes, Obamacare increased healthcare premiums substantially

Outrage against Obamacare isn’t just a conservative talking point—it’s the natural response when big government sticks it to the little guy. Overwhelming evidence from scholars shows that the Affordable Care Act “significantly increased premiums.” Two Brookings Institution researchers attempted to show through analysis that the ACA had caused average premiums in the individual market to drop; however, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg left out some important points. A Forbes contributor reported: Economists at the University of Pennsylvania, also using actual pre-ACA individual market data, estimated that the total expected price of ...

VA purchased $16 million worth of art on President Obama’s watch while veterans died awaiting care

An investigation into art acquisitions by Veterans Affairs officials shows the department bought millions of dollars worth of art while our men and women who served in our armed forces passed away on VA waiting lists. The Washington Examiner has the story: Hundreds of veterans have died while waiting to get care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while the department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end art. According to an investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and American Transparency, the VA has spent $20 million on high-end art over the last 10 years, $16 million of that spent during President Obama's tenure. ...

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployed more likely to shop for non-essentials than job search

  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that shows unemployed Americans on an average day are more likely to shop for things than look for employment opportunities. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Only 18 percent of unemployed Americans spent time searching or interviewing for a job on an average day, while 41.1 percent shopped online, in store, or by phone. About one in five unemployed Americans, or 21.2 percent, went shopping for items other than food and gas… “The fact that unemployed people choose leisure over job hunting suggests the ongoing economic malaise has discouraged them from even looking for a job, ...

Sens. Mike Lee, Ben Sasse endeavor to slash bureaucratic red tape hindering job creation

Conservative Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) have partnered to roll back costly occupational-licensing laws that hurt the bottom line and job prospects of Americans nationwide. The Daily Signal has the details: Most agree that jobs that deal directly with public health and safety should require some sort of license to do. However, a 2015 study conducted by the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that the share of the U.S. workforce needing a license to work increased five-fold from 1950 to 2008. In the District of Columbia, for example, someone looking to work as a shoe shiner must attain four different licenses and ...

VA study: Veteran suicides comprise nearly 20 percent of all suicides in America

Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals nationwide 20 veterans per day commit suicide, a number that accounts for nearly 20 percent of all suicides committed in the U.S. every year. Military Times has the story: Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs — a figure that dispels the often quoted, but problematic, “22 a day” estimate yet solidifies the disturbing mental health crisis the number implied. In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up ...

Report: Houston-area Veterans Affairs office falsified wait times for Texas vets seeking appointments

It's again come to light Veterans Affairs employees falsified wait times of veterans who were seeking medical appointments – this time in Texas – according to a report released this week. Fox News has the details: The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General said more than 200 appointments were incorrectly recorded for the year that ended in June 2015. Two former scheduling supervisors and a current director of two VA clinics instructed staff to incorrectly record cancellations as being canceled by the patient, the report shows. Veterans in many instances then encountered average wait times of nearly three months when the ...