- Obama will be the first President EVER to not see a single annual national economic growth level exceed 3%.
- Continuing this trend, the Commerce announced last week that the economy grew only .5% in the first quarter of 2016, down from the meager 1.4% growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.
- The Reagan administration, for comparison, annually averaged 3.5% during its term in office.
- Obama’s overall annual growth average will likely end up somewhere between 1.5 and 1.6%.
- If the previous point holds true, it will make his Presidency the fourth worst ever from an economic growth perspective.
- After investigating ten VA veterans benefits offices around the country, VA investigators found that the VA was systematically destroying documents via shredding relating to veterans’ claims with some of the destruction affecting veterans benefits.
- The surprise visits to the offices by the Office of the Inspector General found that of 155 claims related documents that were scheduled to be shredded, 69 of them (almost 40%) were found to have been incorrectly placed in the shred bins at those ten offices.
- Two of those 69 documents would have definitely affected veterans benefits directly, 9 had the potential to impact benefits, and the remaining would likely not have affected benefit payouts for veterans but should not have been waiting to be shredded anyway.
- The Inspector General report was harsh in criticizing the screwups: "The potential effect should not be minimized. Considering that there are 56 [VA regional offices], and if weekly shredding is conducted, it is highly likely that claims-related documents at other VAROs are being improperly scheduled for destruction that could result in loss of claims and evidence, incorrect decisions and delays in claims processing."
- In addition: "VBA's policy is outdated, lacks standardized procedures for records management staff and increases the likelihood for VARO staff to destroy claims-related documents without supervisory-level review."
- The VA accepted the Inspector General’s recommendations for change but, of course, insisted there were no systemic problems.
- Levin never served in the military.
- The Navy has traditionally named these types of vessels after deceased Medal of Honor recipients and other combat heroes, as well as admirals and generals who played significant roles in naval warfare.
- Of the 318 Medal Of Honor recipients, 100 have had a ship named after them while 218 are still awaiting that same honor.
- This naming does not conform to the Navy’s own guidelines that were submitted to Congress in 2012, “Policies and Practices of the U.S. Navy for Naming the Vessels of the Navy.”
- This will be the only one of 71 Arleigh Burke ships that do not meet the Navy’s guidelines.
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