Show – May 7, 2014

Segment 1

Scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bureaucracy and Corruption. Mark Flatten, Senior Watchdog Reporter, Washington Examiner.

Award winning investigative reporter, Mark Flatten speaks to RARadio, on the “the string of preventable deaths at veterans’ hospitals and the persistent backlogs in processing disability claims…” Mr. Flatten comments on the latest developments and the “monumental event” in the American Legion’s call for the “ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his deputies.” (The last time the American Legion called for a cabinet official’s resignation was in 1941) Mr. Flatten notes how  the VA hospitals and medical facilities were “cooking the books…” with “the use of scheduling tricks to hide …backlogs in patient care,”  causing the death of many a patient by this action. Pointing to the fact that this should be  a  “bipartisan” issue, Mr. Flatten mentions the “several pieces of legislation” presented to correct some of the problems, for example “a  bill amendment passed by the House that would ban bonuses for senior executives with the Department of Veterans Affairs,” and whose responsibility was the “administration” of those centers throughout the country.

 

Segment 2

Scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bureaucracy and Corruption. Mark Flatten. Senior Watchdog Reporter, Washington Examiner.

Award winning investigative reporter, Mark Flatten speaks to RARadio about the  American Legion’s call for Department Secretary Erik Shinseki and deputies’ resignation. Commenting on the various “scams” discovered by the GAO (Government Accountability Office), like the procedures used in the  VA’s  “nationwide massive purge of 1.5 million medical  records…” with “examples of delays, unsanitary conditions and  poor maintenance [at the facilities] and death,” Mr. Flatten notes that many  “officials received bonuses… despite the deaths” … Mr. Flatten speaks of the heroic roles played by whistleblowers, who often suffered “retaliation from their superiors.” He concludes the interview by recounting some personal stories…

 

Segment 3

Foreign Policy. Russia-US. L. Todd Wood, former USAF Captain, bond trader and author.

Todd Wood, a former USAF Captain, emerging markets bond trader and author of thrillers dealing with the consequences of overwhelming debt titled “Currency” and “Sugar.” His articles are published on with Fox Business News, Armed Forces Journal, New York Post , National review and The Moscow Times amongst others. He speaks to RARadio from Moscow and describes the situation in Ukraine, on the verge of a “civil war.” He speaks of his experience in the Military and Wall Street and the repercussions worldwide of a “weakened USA.”  Mr. Wood points to the millennial history of Russia and Putin’s  goals, more in consonance with its imperialistic past (pre-Soviet Union which lasted a mere 70 years)

Segment 4

The  Economy.  Repercussions Abroad. L. Todd Wood, former USAF Captain, bond trader and author.

Todd Wood speaks to RARadio about the US and the many economic mistakes…that are “threatening our freedoms,” despite having the “best system of government…” He speaks of the obstacles for starting a business today -loads of regulations (higher taxation, energy directives, Obamacare)- imposed by the federal government on small businesses and the effects of downsizing the DOD and military for national security, foreign policy and [economy]… Comparing the US to other great civilizations’ downfall… he mentions the country’s trillions $$$  in debt,  a devalued currency and   the dismantling of defense programs.

 

 

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