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Ed: The shameful treatment of our esteemed veterans is nothing new, though it is disheartening to see yet another partisan article seemingly laying blame at the feet of Barack Obama. Was the author equally outraged during the Walter Reed Hospital scandal in 2007? Does she even remember it? How about the ongoing shoddy treatment of veterans after Vietnam? Korea? WW2? WW1? Prior? VA problems do, indeed, go back that far.
Instead of shining the light bravely, though, the author chooses in her very first paragraph to practically suggest this is the next Benghazi to lay at the feet of this President. That could not be further from the truth.
You see, this is an ACTUAL scandal - not one made up to garner votes or accumulate partisan political capital. And this scandal should carve a deep path of destruction deep into both major political parties, across Congress especially, and back through the ages to taint most of the administrations and Congresses of my lifetime.
It is high time that WE THE PEOPLE break through the partisanship that our elected officials work so hard to maintain (as it is how they keep their jobs, despite the worst performance in history). The first step is in holding reporters accountable to report THE TRUTH, not their politically biased opinions.
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2:05 pm
John Flanagan: It is a good time to sit back for a moment and remember that the VA has operated under both Democratic and Republican administrations for decades, and yet our elected officials and many agency directors have known little about the details of day to day operations, inept financial management, and the reality of waiting lists and priority vs routine medical care. This recent happening at the VA is like a festering wound, long ignored, and has now become obviously infected. Many people wonder if this would be the case for Obamacare and socialized medicine in America. After all the hand wringing, hearings, resignations, one wonders if real solutions will follow. But to be fair to the truth, private medicine also has waiting lists, lost opportunities, specialists backed up with patients, and probably some people die while waiting to see a doctor. If the Democrats wish to sell socialized medicine, and the Republicans can't do much better, the people and the Vets suffer. Since the VA is a huge monolith, it takes prudent oversight to make it work more efficiently. I really hope our elected officials are up to the task.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 3:00 pm
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