Archive for September, 2016

Reforms Failing at the VA

Friday September 9th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:12am PDT   •   1 Comment

In 2014, the Phoenix branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs became ground zero for the national health care rationing wait list scandal that rocked the federal agency. In response, both President Obama and the department’s bureaucrats pledged to implement reforms that would fix the problems that led to thousands of the nation’s veterans…
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How Government Mistakes “Balloon into Sizable Money”

Thursday September 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last year an independent audit revealed that the City of Sacramento, California’s capital, had overpaid city retirees by $2.8 million. The overpayments, which had been going on since 2005, prompted the Sacramento Bee to editorialize that “a mistake can balloon into sizable money,” citing a $60 million gap between projected payouts and expected revenue…
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State Stem Cell Institute Still Conflicted

Wednesday September 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, California’s $3 billion Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, Proposition 71, promised life-saving cures and therapies for a host of afflictions including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Celebrity promoters included Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2004 voters approved the measure, which created the California Institute for…
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U.S. Taxpayer Cash to Iran

Tuesday September 6th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:55am PDT   •   3 Comments

In January 2016, the Obama administration transferred $1.71 billion to Iran from the U.S. Treasury. Of that money, the equivalent of $400 million in cash was directly flown to Iran in an unmarked Iranian cargo plane, predominantly in the form of small denomination Euros and Swiss francs that had been bundled and stacked on…
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New State-Funded Center Targets Gun Owners

Thursday September 1st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:54am PDT   •   2 Comments

Thanks to bills California governor Jerry Brown signed in July, Californians now face ID and background checks to purchase ammunition, and the state will create a new database of ammunition owners. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds are banned and the state now restricts the loaning of guns, without background checks, even to close…
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