135 results for tag: Big Government


Tea Party Patriots Thanks NorCal Tea Party For Their “Relentless Pursuit of the Truth” About IRS Targeting

Tea Party Patriots Thanks NorCal Tea Party For Their “Relentless Pursuit of the Truth” About IRS Targeting Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to reports about the NorCal Tea Party’s victory over the IRS in federal court on Tuesday. "Tea Party Patriots thanks the NorCal Tea Party for their relentless pursuit of the truth about IRS targeting of Americans for their political views. The Tea Party movement started as a reaction to big government overreach and the IRS program targeting political speech was a chilling episode that should give pause to Americans ...

Brief: No ‘compelling’ evidence to support efficacy of Common Core assessments

New studies show imposed standards like Common Core, combined with high-stakes testing, have decreased student engagement, produced no apparent uptick in student achievement and actually decrease the likelihood a student graduates. The Washington Post has the details: More than 100 education researchers in California have joined in a call for an end to high-stakes testing, saying that there is no “compelling” evidence to support the idea that the Common Core State Standards will improve the quality of education for children or close the achievement gap, and that Common Core assessments lack “validity, reliability and fairness.” The ...

State Dept. wants more taxpayer money to cover FOIA requests from Clinton email scandal

Hillary Clinton’s emails aren’t just a hot topic this election season—they’re a taxpayer expense thanks to an extra flood of Freedom of Information Act requests that has the State Department scrambling. In the wake of controversy over Clinton’s private email server, State Department officials have asked for a major increase in their record-keeping budget. The Washington Examiner reports: Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, said Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the State Department received 22,000 FOIA requests in 2015. That was a significant uptick ...

Former Veterans Affairs director pleads guilty to felony

  Sharon Helman, former director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, Tuesday pleaded guilty to a felony for hiding gifts from a lobbyist. The Daily Caller has the scoop:   The charge of filing a false financial disclosure carried up to five years in prison. Federal prosecutors said she took a car, cash, and a trip to Disneyland from a lobbyist and contractor seeking business at the hospital, and lied about the gifts, which were valued in excess of $50,000. Helman presided over a government hospital that systematically falsified data on how long veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The false data was used to insure that ...

VA executives who pocketed $400,000 in moving expenses will keep their director-level positions

Two Veterans Affairs executives accused of embezzling $400,000 in moving expenses will keep their director-level positions despite attempts to reassign them. Military Times has the details: Diana Rubens, Philadelphia Regional Office director, and Kimberly Graves, director of the St. Paul, Minn., regional office, have faced harsh criticism since an inspector general report last fall accused them of pocketing more than $400,000 in moving costs for questionable job moves. Lawmakers have repeatedly accused the pair of gaming the promotion system for personal gain, at the expense of veterans care. VA leaders have criticized the two only for “jud...

Veterans’ crisis calls to New York VA went to voicemail

Veterans and family members of veterans who called the Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, New York never reached an expert on the other end of the line and instead had their calls routed to voicemail, according to a Veterans Affairs report released Feb. 11. The Brighton-Pittsford Post has the details: The report, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, follows an investigation into "caller response and quality assurance concerns" lodged against the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), in Canandaigua. According to a report signed by Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., complainants ...

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 ...