May 23, 2017

Today's Commentary:  Prayers for Manchester -- Minimum Wage Hypocrisy -- Who is afraid of Mike Pence? -- VA Failure?

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Minimum Wage Hypocrisy

By Mike Huckabee

A prominent Washington, DC, organization just got hit with a class action lawsuit, claiming it paid workers below minimum wages with no overtime pay, even when they were working up to 90 hours a week. Extra awkward: the defendant is the Democratic National Committee. The plaintiffs were campaign field workers who knocked themselves out trying to round up voters to support the Democrats’ campaign platform of expanding overtime pay protections and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. I suggest this defense: “You didn’t think those things applied to us, did you?”


Who is Afraid of Mike Pence?

By Mike Huckabee

While most of the media’s attention was understandably on President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, Vice President Pence also gave a speech at the Notre Dame University graduation that deserves to be heard as well. It was a forceful defense of free speech and diversity of ideas, something that used to be the hallmark of college campuses before the leftwing snowflakes appeared, demanding “safe spaces” and the silencing of any views they disagree with. Pence praised Notre Dame for refusing to give in to that anti-American trend. Not there isn't pressure: some students had demanded that Pence’s speech be canceled, and a group of them walked out during it. But then, what could they possibly have to learn from a forceful defense of free speech and diversity of ideas?

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VA Failure?

By Mike Huckabee

The story of Richard Rojas, the Navy veteran who drove a car into a crowd in Times Square last week, killing a young woman and injuring over 20 other people, just took an unexpected twist. Worries that it was a terrorist attack quickly gave way to suspicions that it was drug-induced psychosis. But now, Rojas is allegedly claiming that his mental problems date back to before he left the Navy in 2014. An anonymous law enforcement source told the New York Post that Rojas told police that he had been hearing voices and having hallucinations, and that he wanted to fix his life, so he called a VA center. He reportedly said the counselor told him he’d call him back on Monday and “Monday hasn’t come yet.” In other words, the VA never called him back.

If this story turns out to be true, it would establish a new low for the already tarnished Veterans Administration. Its lack of timely care has been exposed as having killed veterans on waiting lists, but this would mark the first time that the VA’s failure to provide care was at least partly responsible for the “collateral damage” death of someone who wasn’t even a veteran. It’s important to note that this story has yet to be confirmed, but with Washington so preoccupied with investigating ridiculous partisan nonsense, here’s something that everyone should agree cries out for a thorough investigation.

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  • Bill Booher

    05/23/2017 07:31 PM

    My 89 yr old father is now living with my family and I in our home. My father was at the VA to have a toe removed because of diabetes. I will absolutely not return him to the VA for anything. Dad has to pay out of pocket to make up what the insurance doesn't pay. However if I have him got to the reputable Butler County hospital, he is 100% covered because their is financial aid for him. He now has Pa Medicaid and that is the only thing helping right now-100%. If he goes back to the VA with Medicaid, Medicaid doesn't pay for anything because government doesn't pay government. The VA is a really bad place for anyone as far as I'm concerned - financially that is.

  • Amelia Wood

    05/23/2017 02:23 PM

    Thankfully, America is not a police state, and I agree that those who left the Notre Dame commencement ceremony in protest were within their rights to do so. However, the graduates who walked out were disrespectful and classless. They disrespected their university, their peers, their parents and family, the commencement speaker, and themselves. To remain in the ceremony would have displayed a maturity and tolerance of diverse ideas that they obviously do not possess. The apparent truth is that during their years in college, they did NOT learn that success in the "real world" is achieved by those who have a willingness to LISTEN TO OTHERS (perhaps learning something in the process) and to SHOW COMMON DECENCY and RESPECT for other human beings. Their actions show that they are clueless about good manners and courtesy. Shame on them.

  • leslie r jones

    05/23/2017 12:44 PM

    That is S O P for the VA. Either they do not call back or they call , and if they get an answering machine Then if you have the audacity to call them . it's " well I called but no one was home," this happens at least every other month.

  • J.R. Nagelkirk

    05/23/2017 12:17 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I think you should leave the name calling, i.e., "Snowflakes", to those who do it the best - Democrats and liberals in general. I can tell you from personal experience that it has already somewhat tarnished your reputation. Rather than name-calling, you should use the terms that apply to the situation. For instance, the students who walked out on Mike Pence's speech at Notre Dame are rude, inconsiderate unpatriotic hypocrites. Besides, calling such people "snowflakes" is impolite to the snowflake - one of God's many unique and extraordinary creations.

  • Bill WInward

    05/23/2017 11:14 AM

    I believe we need an investigation as to why there are so many investigations.

  • Celene Eliason

    05/23/2017 09:48 AM

    Thank you for the interesting newsletter.