It’s Time Veterans Had Freedom of Choice

It’s ironic that veterans are always characterized as having fought for our freedom, but when it comes to their health care, they have no choice. Their only options are the totalitarian VA hospital system or buying a copy of the ‘Operation’ board game at Target for DIY treatment.

EBT benefit cards are good at any store that sells groceries. Those recipients aren’t forced to buy at Uncle Sam’s Slim Pickin’s Food Store. My solution is to give vets the freedom to choose their medical care.

Details in my Newsmax column:

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/Congressional-Hearings-VA/2015/04/17/id/639271/

Social Critic Zubeidat Tsarnaev Prompts Another Look at Welfare

The surviving Boston bomber has been convicted. A taxpayer leech for the most of his life, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will still be living on the taxpayer dime for the rest of his miserable life in prison.

The whole family is living proof of the failure of the US welfare and immigration system, which means it might be a good idea to take another look at the social safety net.

Fortunately, Republican–controlled states are doing just that and making much needed reforms. Details in my Newsmax column:

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/GovPaul-LePage-Kansas-Oregon-WIC/2015/04/10/id/637738/

Social Security Administration: A Graveyard for Competence

Many baby boomers are rightly worried about the solvency of the Social Security Administration, but even if the system has the money there is no guarantee the check will arrive.

Social Security sends money to people who are dead while at the same time balancing the equation by declaring the living to be dead and cutting off their access to the system. It’s government efficiency at its finest.

I’ve got all the details in my Newsmax column. Click on this link:

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/Immigrants-SSA-Social-Security-Administration/2015/04/02/id/636142/