A real Obama scandal at the VA -- where's the outrage?

  • TroyAthlete

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    May 20, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    Unlike the conservatives' fake Benghazi and IRS witch hunts that will achieve nothing besides wasting taxpayer time and money, this one is real.

    After the Walter Reed Army Hospital scandal came to light in 2007, the Bush administration promised to make sure our troops were better taken care off. Of course, Bush didn't do anything but leave the VA a mess for the next President to clean up. Then-candidate Obama blasted Bush and pledged to better. Now we find out he has not kept his promise, and our veterans still are not received proper medical treatment:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-outrage-over-va-allegatons-grows-obama-and-aides-scramble-to-respond/2014/05/19/2b01ed3c-df71-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.htmlObama “has confidence” in Shinseki, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who added that administration officials will wait for the results of an internal review at the VA before taking any action against high-ranking officials.

    The controversy is particularly acute for Obama, who has joined with first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of his vice president, in focusing on veterans’ issues as a hallmark of his administration. The White House has pressed successfully for more federal funding for VA, expanded the list of what qualifies for disability treatment and urged private-sector firms to employ veterans once they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.


    This is not enough and Shineski needs to go, immediately, and the President needs to explain why -- seven years after the Walter Reed Army Hospital fiasco and five years into his Presidency -- our troops are still being thrown under the bus. We cannot count on House Republicans to investigate this with the same radid craziness with which they are pursuing their wasteful Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, [insert Right Wing Outrage-of-the-Day here] fishing expeditions, because this is not about 2016 and trying to win elections. Unfortunately, Republicans have scandalmongered so much and so often over nonsense, that voters apparently have outrage-fatigue and are tuning -out this very serious and real issue facing struggling US veterans.

    Somebody needs to stand up for veterans, since apparently neither party will do it. And the 2016 candidates need to explain what they intend to do differently. The inability of those who give life and limb to protect this nation to get proper healthcare is disgusting and despicable. Obama got some 'splainin to do, and it should start with firing VA Head Shineski.
  • tj85016

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    May 20, 2014 9:40 PM GMT
    it's amazing anyone actually joins the Army anymore

    we haven't cared about Vets since Korea, it's a shame
  • TroyAthlete

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    May 20, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidit's amazing anyone actually joins the Army anymore

    we haven't cared about Vets since Korea, it's a shame


    It's still a method of upward mobility for the very poor -- most of our best and brightest don't consider the service anymore, and the way this country treats vets why would they?
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    May 21, 2014 1:52 AM GMT
    You'll back off quietly as soon as the white house issues a lofty statement blaming the republicans. Simply because it's what you want to hear.
  • TroyAthlete

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    May 21, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidYou'll back off quietly as soon as the white house issues a lofty statement blaming the republicans. Simply because it's what you want to hear.


    I don't speak idiot -- can anyone translate?
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    May 21, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    Blakes7 saidYou'll back off quietly as soon as the white house issues a lofty statement blaming the republicans. Simply because it's what you want to hear.


    I don't speak idiot -- can anyone translate?

    Nope. I don't speak "wide load" either.
  • tj85016

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    May 21, 2014 10:42 PM GMT
    I can't believe Obama hasn't fired that short little General Peter Principle asshole in charge of the VA

    Shinseki is a disgrace to the uniform
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    May 22, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidUnlike the conservatives' fake Benghazi and IRS witch hunts that will achieve nothing besides wasting taxpayer time and money, this one is real.

    After the Walter Reed Army Hospital scandal came to light in 2007, the Bush administration promised to make sure our troops were better taken care off. Of course, Bush didn't do anything but leave the VA a mess for the next President to clean up. Then-candidate Obama blasted Bush and pledged to better. Now we find out he has not kept his promise, and our veterans still are not received proper medical treatment:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-outrage-over-va-allegatons-grows-obama-and-aides-scramble-to-respond/2014/05/19/2b01ed3c-df71-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.htmlObama “has confidence” in Shinseki, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who added that administration officials will wait for the results of an internal review at the VA before taking any action against high-ranking officials.

    The controversy is particularly acute for Obama, who has joined with first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of his vice president, in focusing on veterans’ issues as a hallmark of his administration. The White House has pressed successfully for more federal funding for VA, expanded the list of what qualifies for disability treatment and urged private-sector firms to employ veterans once they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.


    This is not enough and Shineski needs to go, immediately, and the President needs to explain why -- seven years after the Walter Reed Army Hospital fiasco and five years into his Presidency -- our troops are still being thrown under the bus. We cannot count on House Republicans to investigate this with the same radid craziness with which they are pursuing their wasteful Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, [insert Right Wing Outrage-of-the-Day here] fishing expeditions, because this is not about 2016 and trying to win elections. Unfortunately, Republicans have scandalmongered so much and so often over nonsense, that voters apparently have outrage-fatigue and are tuning -out this very serious and real issue facing struggling US veterans.

    Somebody needs to stand up for veterans, since apparently neither party will do it. And the 2016 candidates need to explain what they intend to do differently. The inability of those who give life and limb to protect this nation to get proper healthcare is disgusting and despicable. Obama got some 'splainin to do, and it should start with firing VA Head Shineski.


    I agree...this has been going on for decades and it doesn't matter is it is a Republican or a Democratic in office..both have not done justice for our veterans.