135 results for tag: Big Government


New York congressman rips into VA over veteran’s benefits denial

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) this week requested Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald issue an apology after his deputy undersecretary for field operations, Beth McCoy, in a House Committee on Veteran Affairs’ subcommittee hearing refused to acknowledge the military service of a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was wrongfully denied Veterans Affairs benefits. The Daily Caller has the scoop: [Veteran John Mitchell] applied for special monthly compensation owed to vets who have TBI, and Mitchell’s physician supplied all the requisite information to the VA, but the VA refused to take that information into consideration when ...

Columnist responds to President Obama’s ‘cult of small government’ comment

Columnist Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, in a recent opinion piece pushes back against a comment President Obama recently made criticizing those comprising “the cult of small government” – in other words, the many Americans that rightly believe in checks and balances and the separation of powers prescribed in our Constitution. The Washington Times has the commentary: If you believe the federal government is too large and powerful, you’re in what our current president calls “the cult of small government.” That’s what he said in a speech last week in Elkhart, Indiana, in which his aim was “to bust ...

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 ...

National Association of Home Builders: Government regulation over last five years has driven price of single-family homes up 30 percent

Owning a home for many American millennials faced with student-loan debt and skyrocketing real estate has become a distant dream while older homeowners struggle to keep up with mortgage payments and property taxes year after year. These difficulties aren’t alleviated by big-government regulations that push dreams of home ownership even farther out of reach. How far out-of-reach? $84,671 per home out of reach … Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: Government regulations are responsible for adding $84,671 to the final price of a new single-family home, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders. According to the ...

You will not believe how many credit hours it takes to qualify for this Tennessee license

A longtime hairdresser in Tennessee was driven out-of-state when Tennessee shampoo-licensing laws became too burdensome to handle. The Daily Signal has the story: In 1996, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring natural hair stylists to attain a cosmetologist’s license through the state’s Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. Natural hair braiders like Nutall had excelled in their craft for years, learning braiding from their mothers and grandmothers. But now, the state was telling them they had to log more than 1,500 hours of education through an eight-week course with costs topping $12,000, Nutall recalled, and all for ...

Sen. Reid dubbed ‘Porker of the Month’ for stonewalling IGs looking into fraud, abuse

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) received the March Porker of the Month award from D.C.-based government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste for supporting a bill that would stonewall inspectors general from looking into waste, fraud and government mismanagement. The Review Journal has the details: “Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have ...

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 ...

Feds to impose fines on schools that ‘disregard’ Obama administration lunch program

Public schools that don’t comply with the Obama administration’s school lunch program rules are coming under fire from the federal government, which has announced plans to fine schools that “disregard” the program. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama. The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for “egregious or persistent disregard” for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains. ...

Veterans Affairs suspending supervisor of women involved in hiring scandal

  Veterans Affairs announced it’s suspending the head of Veterans Benefits Administration in charge of overseeing the two lower-ranking officials who gamed the agency’s hiring system for their own profit. U.S. News & World Report has the story: Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says acting VBA chief Danny Pummill will be suspended without pay for 15 days for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for months. Pummill failed to exercise proper oversight as Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their ...