Operative BJ swung by the Castle the other day, and the subject of the VA debacle came up. He mentioned to us:
And now we hear – yet again – that the Veteran’s Administration has failed to administrate the care of veterans. In fact, it has gone so far as to actively destroy the lives of those in its care. Actively. This worthless one cannot understand how a once-great country could allow itself to be reduced to a state where those who are willing to give up their lives in service are given short shrift – in favor of those who couldn’t be bothered to lift a finger to help others but who espouse certain political or ideological views.
For those who believe that the child-king Obama’s “signature achievement” in medical care will improve the state of care in the US, I point directly to the VA as a prime example of “government health care”. And for those who claim that the PPACA will be administered better and more efficiently than the VA, I ask this question: if HHS can’t even get the web site right, how can we expect that they will get medical care right?
Finally, for those who claim that, among with all too many other issues, the VA problems were exacerbated by the previous administration (colloquially known as “Bush Derangement Syndrome”), I ask this question: with 5 years under his belt, why has the child-king Obama done nothing to address the problems in the VA that were known to him even before he took his oath of office?
This will not shock Operative BJ or any of our readers, but in case there are readers who have not figured it out…it’s because President Obama doesn’t give a crap about veterans.
He demonstrated this most irrefutably during the Sequester, when he conducted his own Bonus Army purge, short of MacArthur burning their tents. Of course, the big difference between the two events is that the Bonus Army was wrongly petitioning for bonuses to which they were not yet entitled and grew abusive, and during the 2013 Sequester, some honored World War II vets wanted to visit a publicly accessible memorial in their honor but were mistreated on the Presidents orders. Go figure.
The President is not much better with active military members either, whether it’s treating Marines as personal umbrella holders or knowingly lying to families about YouTube videos. One of the reason the President seems to like drone strikes is perhaps not because he wishes to avoid putting Americans in harm’s way, but because drones don’t vote Republican.
The President is a dismal commander-in-chief, and will historically rank as one of the worst. If not the. Yes, yes, you will hear how he inherited a bad VA system from his predecessor (Obama even campaigned on this, to be fair), but the problem dramatically intensified on his watch to the point of scandal. He acted with reckless indifference to our veterans. But Obama knows which way veterans vote, so why bother?
The Czar might recommend to the next president, Republican or Democrat, to phase out the Department of Veterans Affairs entirely, and put the treatment and responsibility and safeguarding of our veterans where it belongswith the Department of Defense. Let our veterans have the same miraculous medical technology our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have on the field, managed by people who actually care about them and understand their unique needs. Because let’s face it: there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Commerce: a bunch of bureaucrats who have little desire or interest to solve the problems for which they were hired and are paid to sustain.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.