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Obama acts like he doesn't care about growing Veterans Affairs scandal
The Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson

Posted on 05/14/2014 8:43:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

You'll know it when President Obama really cares about something, because he can't stop talking about it.

Raising the minimum wage? Check. Climate change? Never misses an opportunity. Amnesty for illegal immigrants? Did that on Tuesday for what seems like the 100th time.

But there's one thing Obama doesn't talk about: the growing scandal over medical care for the nation's veterans.

There's a new story almost every day about how the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to fail veterans under its care. The drumbeat of media attention has led the American Legion and a growing list of lawmakers to demand the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

What was Obama's response? To say -- through a spokesman -- that he has confidence in Shinseki and has ordered him to investigate.

Remember -- this is the same guy who found the time to pick up the phone over the weekend and personally congratulate gay football player Michael Sam on being drafted by the NFL -- when he wasn't playing golf. The same guy who attended five Democratic fundraisers in California over the past week, and has two others scheduled for Wednesday night in New York City.

And Obama is the same guy who never seems to miss an opportunity to weigh in even when it's not a matter of federal policy -- remember how Cambridge, Mass., police were "acting stupidly" when they arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in 2009? Or how his son would be just like Trayvon Martin if he had one?

When Obama cares, he makes the time to let Americans know about it. That's why it's not hard to conclude that he doesn't care about the fact that veterans are dying from bad care in hospitals that are under the direct control of his administration.

And I'm not the only one who's noticed. Here's what House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., had to say about it on Tuesday:

Judging by the throngs of veterans, families and whistleblowers who keep courageously stepping forward, VA’s delays in care problem is growing in size and scope by the day. That’s why I am asking for President Obama’s personal involvement in helping fix this crisis. For nearly a year, we have been pleading with top Department of Veterans Affairs leaders and the president to take immediate steps to stop the growing pattern of preventable veteran deaths and hold accountable any and all VA employees who have allowed patients to slip through the cracks. In response, we’ve received disturbing silence from the White House and one excuse after another from VA. Right now, President Obama is faced with a stark choice: take immediate action to help us end the culture of complacency that is engulfing the Veterans Health Administration and compromising patient safety, or explain to the American people and America’s veterans why we should tolerate the status quo.

So what do all those issues Obama talks about have that health care for veterans doesn't? The ability to mobilize Democratic voters.

The White House is in full campaign mode. Everything Obama does is calculated to rally the Democratic base and prevent a GOP takeover of the Senate, which would severely constrain him for the rest of his presidency. And admitting to another serious scandal on his watch is likely to rally Republican voters instead.

Since veterans can't help Democrats win, Obama won't help them get the quality care they deserve — unless political pressure forces him to do it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: military; obama; scandal; veterans
"Acts like?" Hahahahahaha! Someone should tell them they're all homosexuals and transgendered. That'd get his attention.
1 posted on 05/14/2014 8:43:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s probably because he actually doesn’t care about it.


2 posted on 05/14/2014 8:46:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Growing number of self-investigations.

Where is the House on this?


3 posted on 05/14/2014 8:48:50 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The only things obama cares about are balls, basketballs, golf balls, Reggie's...................
4 posted on 05/14/2014 8:50:02 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


5 posted on 05/14/2014 8:51:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are missing the point!

Obama
1.) hates America,
2.) is convinced that he must create as much destruction to America, and
3.) otherwise how can you expect him to “FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” in a mere 8 years?

The more that we complain, the more convinced he is that he is succeeding.

In Obama’s Marxist World View, we are just collateral damage, less worthy than the dogs he ate as a boy in Indonesia, the Country of his still Valid Citizenship.


6 posted on 05/14/2014 8:52:10 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is what Obamacare looks like !


7 posted on 05/14/2014 8:52:23 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

nobama has managed to pussify the military. He doesn’t care about it.

There’s a race to see who likes the military less: nobama or Billy Clinton.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 8:57:29 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama acts like he doesn't care about growing Veterans Affairs scandal

So what's the news here?
He acts that way about every one of his ongoing scandals...

The Secret Service,
The FBI,
The CIA,
The IRS,
The DOJ,
The DOE,
The COE,
The NPS,
The BLM,

And probably a few more I have missed off the top of my head.
He doesn't give a rat's donkey about any of them.
Stonewall and it just goes away...

So where's the news?

9 posted on 05/14/2014 9:00:00 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama despises Americans and America. Everything he attends to (or intentionally neglects) makes perfect sense within that framework.

But we knew that. This POS Satan’s handiwork will have his reward. After all, Satan is the king of FAIL, so his best work is absolute junk, destined for the burn pile. Even the stuff made in China is of better quality.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 9:01:38 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cloward-Pliven at work!

Obama and his LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist/Fascist thugs have committed so many crimes and violated their Oaths of Office in so many ways so many times, that the Congress can’t keep up.

The Obama regime thugs have overloaded the system! By the time Congress sorts it all out, the perps will be long gone.

Hellofastrategy! And, it is working. I rather doubt any of the perps will ever see the inside of the Big House.


11 posted on 05/14/2014 9:09:33 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bush’s fault.


12 posted on 05/14/2014 9:10:08 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These veterans picked the wrong losing side.
Let them convert, and live to serve an EXEMPT."



13 posted on 05/14/2014 9:17:45 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Slightly off topic, but has anybody heard any plans for a veterans’ march on Washington over this VA mess?


14 posted on 05/14/2014 9:21:39 PM PDT by clintonh8r (#Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: morphing libertarian

“Where is the House on this?”

They won’t do a damn thing about it.

What we need is a million or more sick or dying Veterans that don’t have anything to lose to march to D.C. with buckets of tar & feathers and run the bastards out of town.


15 posted on 05/14/2014 9:22:06 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: panaxanax

Let’s wheel them up to the capitol so they can die in front of the a$$holes.

I am more angry about this issue than all the others, so you can imagine, because I was already fired up.

Ever since Clinton was in office the military has been losing ground during the democrat administrations.

No one but conservatives seem to give a rat’s a$$.


16 posted on 05/14/2014 9:24:35 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: clintonh8r

What would stop us from putting one together? Or the Tea Party, Rolling Thunder, the veteran’s groups, etc. When I was a vet. rep. at the unemployment office, I used to put together good-sized job fairs (100-250 employers & thousands of job-seekers).


17 posted on 05/14/2014 9:26:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"My side will probably not believe that an
Egyptian video was behind this. Why dont we just
blame the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, again?"

18 posted on 05/14/2014 9:33:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No need to act


19 posted on 05/14/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT by lump in the melting pot (Half-brother is Watching You!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s surprising is that Gen. Shinseki isn’t livid. This man spent a career in the military. He shouldn’t be accepting anything less than full disclosure. Maybe Shinseki should emulate Adm. Boorda.


20 posted on 05/14/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama acts like he doesn't care about growing Veterans Affairs scandal

He ain't acting.

21 posted on 05/14/2014 9:36:10 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Acts?”

No. He genuinely doesn’t care. Unless the VA directly glorifies the divinity of Obama, Obama doesn’t care.


22 posted on 05/14/2014 9:37:53 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What would stop us from putting one together?

Nothing, but some of the organized groups already have communications systems, contact info, etc., that would take a grass roots org months to put together.

23 posted on 05/14/2014 9:38:06 PM PDT by clintonh8r (#Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is the racial breakdown of the 40 who died because they were denied care? would make all the difference in the world to this White House and DOJ


24 posted on 05/14/2014 9:43:43 PM PDT by airedale
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To: upchuck
There’s a race to see who likes the military less: nobama or Billy Clinton.

Well, "Loathing the Military" is tough to top.
Talk about cognitive dissonance, being commander-in-Chief, and all...

25 posted on 05/14/2014 9:46:08 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: Steely Tom

Of course he doesn’t care.

He got his second term and he’ll just coast for the next couple of years.

.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 9:48:23 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Graewoulf
The more that we complain, the more convinced he is that he is succeeding.

Bingo!

27 posted on 05/14/2014 10:09:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Priorities...

Obamacare Contractors Paid To Sit At Computers & Hit Refresh - Lou Dobbs

28 posted on 05/14/2014 10:27:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

i see the media is now using the word “acts” like it uses the word “unexpected”.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The POS revels in it..


30 posted on 05/14/2014 10:51:06 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Are you trying to say obamacare is like the VA med system?

Not even close. The Va Med system ha always been horrible. the timing of this is very in question to me. Anyone could have exposed the VA at any tome why now.

The VA has good points but this kind of thing is no surprise, but overall, no, the VA is notorious for being bad.

And It’s nothing like what obamacare is going to be The VA has doctors. It will look like the Mayo Clinic in comparison


31 posted on 05/14/2014 11:34:48 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Steely Tom

The big picture is not secular. Bama and the brotherhood watch and wait for the great satan to fall down, implode. The 40% minions don’t know - dont care about facts and are driving the boat to ground. The default reality for bama is to punt not pass every day stuff and avoid taking responsibility. Nothing holds him accountable.


32 posted on 05/15/2014 2:27:53 AM PDT by x_plus_one (reality is not secular - islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vets don’t vote for obammy .
Since they are not truly his voters he really doesn’t give a damn for them or their problems.


33 posted on 05/15/2014 2:39:38 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not an act.


34 posted on 05/15/2014 4:30:15 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
The only thing Shinseki ever did was push the black berets on the whole damned Army, insulting the Rangers in the process.

And maybe, the Future Combat System, the creature that ate the Army while failing.

35 posted on 05/15/2014 6:33:41 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfusbutcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Acting like?” He’s not acting.


36 posted on 05/15/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama acts like he doesn't care about growing Veterans Affairs scandal

It's not an act. He doesn't care.

37 posted on 05/15/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: stanne
stanne:" Anyone could have exposed the VA at any tome why now "

They are trying to get it noticed now ,..so that by 2016 elections , it is "old news", and brushed off .

38 posted on 05/15/2014 9:13:29 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I am so ... just watching them try to incorporate it into BOdon’tCare

The VA medical service was the first thing BO went after after Jan 20 2009, the day he and mooch marched through the streets.

She still had that yellow dress on when he started going after the VA med service.

THe Vets here couldn’t believe me till they went to their groups and sure enough I was right.

No on in this country cares enough about indigent vets to do anything more than talk.

Maybe you’re right, but I do not see it as a campaign issue.

I think the campaign is get rid of the VA they suck. LEt’s Us take care of the vets.

Mooch is already on a VA parade.

It is...ugh I wish people would see them for who they are.

Without the rudimentary as it is VA med system many many less recruits will enlist.


39 posted on 05/15/2014 9:27:29 AM PDT by stanne
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stanne:".. Mooch is already on a VA parade."

Yeah , but when it comes to politics , talk is cheap .
Now let's see if there is any substance there !

I agree that the VA needs to provide better care of the Vets.
This is only another scandal in the Obdinga's long list of scandles that they want out of the way by the 2016 elections.
The timeing of this incident is to render it moot in the forthcomming elections , as it will be 'yesterday's news'
especially for those who only get their news in 30 seconds of 'sound bites' in the MSM.
Yes , it is a travesty what has happened , and yes , it will impact on future military enlistments .
But wasn't it just yesterday that the armed services announced that 80% of current applicants for enlistment were rejected ?
We need to take care of those who have already served , but I would rather see sustance and action , rather than just parade and talk .

40 posted on 05/15/2014 9:56:42 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt; stanne
Does anyone else see the irony of the WHite House conducting an investigation into the VA scandal ?
The assigned investigator is : Rob (thy) Nabor
41 posted on 05/15/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

I’m just skeptical.

It’s my impression, and after being in that environment one way and another for the past 30 years, that this is nothing new regarding the VA.

Obamacare will no - absolutely NO - doubt be many times worse. Astronomically worse. The VA has providers, Obamacare won’t. Just for starters.

BO hates the military, as does Hillary and the rest.

But this has been going on in the VA forever.

Who cares?

It is not a scandal.

Who brought it up?

And I say it with the intent of helping vets. At leas they have this, and it is much better than BO care.

See?

Why is it being released now when mooch is off on some stupid fund raising scam titled help for vets, when she could fund the whole thing for half of her yearly vacation on the taxpayer dime budget.

Fish. Smells like it.


42 posted on 05/15/2014 10:02:52 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Did the WH start It?

Whoah.

Get them outta there!


43 posted on 05/15/2014 10:03:36 AM PDT by stanne
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