We are created with an innate sense of right and wrong and a desire for justice, so when we hear about maddening scandals like the one at the Veterans Administration last year, we expect those in charge to quickly take action to right wrongs. If only it were that easy.
A little background: Public awareness of the VA scandal erupted after evidence surfaced that a large number of veterans died while waiting for appointments at a medical care facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Investigations also found the problem was nationwide with approximately 120,000 veterans waiting for care. VA employees created "secret" waiting lists and fudged scheduling to give the appearance veterans were receiving appropriate care in a timely manner. According to the Arizona Republic, the VA acknowledged the Phoenix facility "manipulated patient wait-time records to trigger bonuses." All the while, taxpayer-funded bonuses and above-average performance ratings were divvied out for VA execs about as frivolously as the Obama administration dispenses Obamaphones.
So, after all the corruption, we should believe that government-run healthcare is better than the free market? more >>
"So what do ya' think about Trump?"
No sooner had I just returned from Cleveland, where the focus with 300 leaders was on the evening Republican presidential debate, when a fellow approached me at the gas station posing the above question. It seems no matter which way you turn Donald Trump remains in the news.
Everyone has an opinion on the billionaire businessman and his most unusual quest for the presidential nomination. What if someone on his level or even above had the opportunity to share scriptural insights with him? What if that person happened to be the richest person who ever lived on the face of the earth? more >>
After a medical blogger revealed this week that retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson participated in research in which tissue from two spontaneous abortions were used, Carson explained that he took no part in actually studying the tissue and defended the practice of using fetal tissue to advance science and medicine.
On Wednesday, Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has previously appeared in USA Today, posted on her blog an excerpt of a 1992 collaborative research paper that lists Carson as one of four authors.
The research, which is titled Colloid Cysts of the Third Ventricle: Immunohistochemical evidence for nonneuropithelial differentiation, used tissue samples from nine and 17-week spontaneous abortions that were taken from pathology labs. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was asked in a Tuesday CBS News interview to clarify whether he opposes abortion in the cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is in danger. The argument that abortion is justified when the mother's life is at risk is misleading, he answered.
While appearing on "CBS This Morning," The 63-year-old Carson was asked to respond to comments made by Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who recently attacked billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his misogynistic comments against women. She tried to lump in other GOP presidential candidates by calling their debate comments against abortion as being as "offensive" towards women as Trump's misogyny.
Carson initially responded by explaining that women have been instrumental in his life and praised his mother, wife and colleagues he has worked with. But not being satisfied with his answer, co-host Norah O'Donnell followed up by saying that the doctor's campaign website is not clear on where he stands on abortion in the cases of rape, incest and when the mother is at risk of losing her life. more >>
When it comes to books in the world of 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, "nothing beats the Bible." No, not even his second favorite book which he wrote himself, The Art of the Deal.
Stumping in Birch Run, Michigan, on Tuesday in a 52-minute speech delivered to an adoring crowd of 2,800 people who paid $25 a head to hear him speak at the Birch Run Expo Center, the "proud Presbyterian" declared his love for the Good Book above all else.
The declaration came when, according to The Washington Post, the real estate mogul asked the crowd how many of them had read The Art of the Deal, his first book. Hundreds of hands were reportedly raised. more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter announced on Wednesday that he has cancer, and will be undergoing treatment for his condition. Carter has received an outpouring of support, led by President Barack Obama.
"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare."
The Associated Press noted that Carter's cancer is believed to have widely spread in his body, but it is not known where it originated. The former president announced earlier in August that he is due for surgery to remove a small mass from his liver. more >>