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When people are free to associate as they please, we can’t be surprised if they sometimes self-segregate. People self-sort along many affinities, including ethnic affinities. This is what lawyers call de facto segregation, and it’s none of the law’s business. De jure segregation — segregation imposed by law, including segregation promoted by public policy — is, on the other hand, very much the law’s business.
In 1866, Congress passed a Civil Rights Act (the 1866 CRA) asserting the equal rights of blacks before the law, including property rights, and real-estate rights in particular. The 1866 CRA warned
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic after the Supreme Court appears to support the constitutionality of President Trump’s proposed travel ban. They also shake their heads at the sudden outrage over presidential physician Admiral Ronny Jackson, as Democrat Sen. Jon Tester and the media run wild with stories of Jackson’s drunkenness and prescription drug recklessness, yet somehow none of this ever came to light while Jackson served as doctor to President Obama and his family. And they sigh as the conservative love affair and liberal outrage over Kanye West hits another level after Kanye tweets that he loves Trump, slams Obama, and Kim Kardashian tweets in strong support of Kanye’s right to think for himself.
Jim Geraghty is back! Today, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America agree that it was time for VA Secretary David Shulkin to leave after months of ethical woes – but also a year of some progress at one of government’s biggest and most important bureaucracies. They also take on the identical script recorded by dozens of anchors at Sinclair stations, noting that the commitment to reporting facts is good but making every station say exactly the same thing looks really bad. And they slam Hillary Clinton for adding the Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act to her endless excuses for losing in 2016.
The Senate voted Monday to confirm Steven Mnuchin as President Trump’s Treasury Secretary. The 53-47 vote included Joe Manchin (D-WV) as one of the “ayes.” All other Democrats and Independents voted against him. Mnuchin spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs before founding a hedge fund and later financing major Hollywood movies.
Following that decision, the Senate confirmed David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs in a unanimous vote. For the past 18 months, Shulkin served as Obama’s Under Secretary for Health for the VA.
Replace Medicare, Medicaid and VA care with Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) cards and charge the cards with taxpayer money once a month, quarter or year. Benefits allow HSA cardholders to: Preview Open
By maintaining a volunteer military, we choose to provide those who fight for our country and our interests with a comfortable existence past their war-time duties. This is the ideal that is portrayed in all recruiting centers. A weekend of duty. A lifetime of benefits for you and for yours. If anything, we have failed […]
I am an admirer of Jeb Bush. He was a first-rate governor in Florida. Unlike Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio, he would not have to learn all that much on the job. He has executive experience. He has dealt with emergencies. He knows where the buck stops, and I am confident that he would handle foreign policy well.
This is no small matter. Foreign-policy competence is the sine qua non for everything else. Defending the national interest is the main reason we have a federal government. Paul, Cruz, Rubio — none of them has ever run anything larger than a medical practice. They would make freshman mistakes, and you and I would pay dearly for their blunders.
That having been said, I am wary of Jeb. He is too close to the Chamber of Commerce. He is too sympathetic to illegal immigrants. I would not trust him to put an end to the mass influx into the United States from abroad, and I do not like his stance on Common Core. He is a big-government Republican who is perfectly happy to encroach on state and local prerogatives. There is no way that he would cut back on the administrative state. With the right folks running the show, he would think, all will go well.
About five scandals ago, the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix was accused of allowing dozens of patients to die while awaiting medical care. Following this shocking revelation, several other VA hospitals around the nation were found to have falsified treatment data and waiting lists. As care for our sick heroes was deferred and denied, VA administrators gained large bonuses and sterling performance evaluations.
Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix facility and career VA employee, was placed on administrative leave earlier six months ago. Today, finally, some slight justice was served —Helman was fired.
Before Cantor and Bergdahl, Washington was transfixed by the shocking Veterans Administration scandal. Thankfully, many officials inside and outside of the Beltway continue to investigate the unconscionable mess that left America’s heroes without health care.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the bureau’s Phoenix branch has opened a criminal investigation of the Veterans Affairs Department, amid mounting calls on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to get more involved.
Comey confirmed the bureau’s involvement during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Officials previously made clear that federal prosecutors were helping in an inspector general investigation, but the probe by Phoenix FBI agents marks a new phase.
Sitting in the boardroom, a dozen social workers, salesmen and developers were waiting for the Health IT CEO to kick off the meeting. As we rocked in our chairs, my boss — an MSW-cum-Chief Sales Officer — complained about his “black sheep” cousin who was shaming the family name.
“The rest of us went to college but he’s stuck in the Army,” he said.
Another lifetime ago, those five words were spoken to me in a VA hospital in New Orleans. Another typical civil service, morbidly obese nurse biding her time until retirement. The patient was a WW1 vet (who’d been gassed, etc.) and he needed to have his bladder catheterized. I wrote the order that was countersigned by a resident but it didn’t happen.
A few hours later I returned. I asked about it and was told,”Do it yourself, white boy!” So I did, although I fumbled my way through the procedure since his 90-year-old prostate was the size of Delaware. He’d been hurting for hours while this lady did her very minimal job as well as her nails.
Now let’s go to an actual VA doc who, when he resigned after a couple of years, was told by his boss that he was the worst employee ever. Funny thing, that doc was as bright, compassionate and motivated as any I’ve ever met. But being the “worst” actually meant he busted his bottom and refused to give in to the slothy culture which permeates ALL civil service life. Holding a meeting and resolving to eventually do something positive but never doing it was the norm. This “worst employee ever” could not deal with the rampant laziness and dysfunction. Having spent plenty of time in four VA hospitals, I can say this is epidemic.
Think about it – who did a good job in uncovering the VA scandal? Not the media, who came very late to the party. Not the top leadership of the administration or the VA. It was the Inspector General/OIG. And doesn’t that make sense, from a conservative perspective? We believe that government structures need checks […]
In one of my books, I wrote about the Veterans Administration’s active and deliberate assault on religious freedom, using our veterans as pawns in that effort. In summary form, here’s what I wrote about the VA’s misbehavior in that arena. At funeral ceremonies in our National Cemeteries, VA management attempted to dictate the permissible content […]
You have to understand Obama-speak to navigate this Age of Lies and Incompetence. If Obama ends a pronouncement with “…period.” that is a negation of whatever came before. It’s kind of like the old slang of verbalizing sacasm by appending “not” to the end of a statement. But “…period” is especially popular with the Great […]
In the intro to the flagship podcast, we hear Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” denial, followed by Chris Christie’s “I am not a bully.” These are great examples of how sharing the contents of a politician’s heart can leave voters with the exact opposite of the desired impression. In the immortal words […]