Posted by Tulsi Gabbard Tuesday - November 11, 2014
We all saw the news this year: Veterans in Hawai'i and across the nation waiting months and even years to get their first appointment with a doctor.
Hawai'i is home to more than 116,000 veterans - and across the country, we have seen amongst the longest waiting periods and highest numbers of backlogs for vets seeking care.
It's unacceptable, and it must change.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took a quick break from the campaign trail recently to chat with Being808 about how she stays healthy.
Gabbard, who is running for re-election to represent Hawaii’s second congressional district, told us she likes to mix up her workouts to keep them interesting and always tries to make time for surfing when she’s in the islands.
We understand how important our veterans are. Our nation's sons and daughters who stepped forward to serve our country deserve better. They deserve a VA that puts their care and well-being first, before all else. Recent stories have shown how, for far too long, veterans in Hawai'i and across the nation have been waiting months and even years to get their first appointment with a doctor. This is unacceptable, by any standard.
"Too big to fail" banks are even bigger now than ever before. In fact, the five banks that our government decided were too important to fail in 2008 are now 25% larger.
In essence, those risky "too big to fail" investments are even bigger now.
For decades, the Glass-Steagall Act separated risky investment banking from the ordinary banking of everyday Americans. But it was repealed in the late 90's, and now when banks' risky gambles don't pay off, working Americans foot the bill.
The Internet has empowered innovators and enabled advances like we've never seen before. It has leveled the playing field, providing information and opening doors of opportunity to all.
But the Federal Communications Commission wants to set up an Internet fast lane for the highest bidders, and a slow lane for the rest of us. This kind of proposal will disproportionately negatively affect our country's best innovators - who have benefitted most from the empowering principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally.