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Carney: Silly press corps, we have now entered the stop-asking-questions phase of the VA scandal
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Posted on 05/16/2014 10:11:35 PM PDT by chessplayer

Carney: Silly press corps, we have now entered the stop-asking-questions phase of the VA scandal posted at 7:21 pm on May 16, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

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In most cases, I have come to realize that the Obama administration is easier to understand if you dispense with the notion that there is some sort of plan other than getting through each day by minimizing immediate political damage to the highest degree possible without regard to long-term goals.

But while I’m not always confident there’s a plan for actual policy, there’s always a plan for avoiding questions and blame on scandals.

On the VA scandal, that plan has been enacted.

Step 1: “We’re just finding out about this ourselves and are as appalled as anyone over these allegations. We vow to get to the bottom of this and, if true, right this wrong swiftly and thoroughly. Nothing less than the honor of our nation and our people is at stake, and that will not come to harm on my watch.”

Step 2: “We are investigating ourselves right now to make sure we get to the bottom of this. It’s important that we get all the facts from ourselves, and in the meantime it would be inappropriate for ourselves to answer questions about the investigation we’re conducting on ourselves.”

Step 3: “Didn’t I just tell you we started an investigation of ourselves? Also, we noted our outrage. I cannot possibly make any statements about the very obvious wrongdoing that occurred on our watch until the investigation we’re conducting of ourselves is completed, printed on paper and in my hands. Anything else would jeopardize the integrity of our investigation of ourselves. Is that what you want?”

Step 3 is where ABC’s Jon Karl found himself today, on the receiving end of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s indignation at the mere asking of questions after the administration has expressed grave concern and started an investigation.

Up next, Step 4: “Only crazy wingers even ask questions about stuff like this. Are you a crazy winger? Do you think it’s a grand conspiracy in which the President of the United States conspired to personally hurt veterans? Do you think that’s an appropriate question to ask?”

Step 5: Wait six months, refer to formerly outrageous scandal as phony.

Step 6: Slow walk investigation and especially the release of requested and possibly incriminating documents for a year or more.

Step 7: “Oh, that ‘scandal’? Dude, that was a year ago. Who’s still talking about that?”


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; va
Nothing to see, folks. It's just another phoney scandal.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 10:11:35 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

There really are a lot of veterans dying. What is up with that?


2 posted on 05/16/2014 10:18:35 PM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: chessplayer
That is exactly how the 0bama admin. handles every scandal.
As Trey Gowdy said "I'm just amazed that anybody bought it!"
3 posted on 05/16/2014 10:30:32 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: chessplayer
Nothing to see here ... just move along !
Yes , we have a memo / guidance on killing Americans , but you cqn't see that !
What is happening to our VETS is what Odinga has in Store for ACA (Afordible Care Act) American populace , in general
GOPe allowed it to happen, although none didn't vote for it, but didn't stop it !!
So What ! .. They are complicit by their INACTION and failure to confront ACA , and the VET meical problems!
and need to be REPLACED !!
4 posted on 05/16/2014 10:30:55 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: chessplayer

If the older ObamaVAcare is crumbling, then how long will it take for this new and improved Obamacare to crumble?

If these two failed Federal Medical Programs were to be combined, - - - say on Christmas Eve this year, would the surviving name be : “OBAMA VERY AWFUL CARE?”


5 posted on 05/16/2014 11:01:09 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

What I’m going to say may not be popular and sound ‘heartless’. It isn’t meant to be.

People have to die like this before the rest of society wises up to the reality they they and theirs may be next.

Throughout history patterns repeat. Tyrants rise to power in direct relation to the apathy of populations. When people stop caring about principle, morality, right and wrong, the result is a set in stone certainty.

It does not happen overnight. It never does. It’s all incremental. People give up a right here, a freedom there in order that ‘their stuff’ (money, property, recreational activities/hobbies, whatever) remains untouched. To hell with the other guy. My stuff is all that matters.

And over time we run out of little things to abandon. Thus, bigger things must be sacrificed to keep ones stuff intact and in ones possession. At this point, people start questioning what is going on around them. They have given up all these things and yet more is asked. But they love their stuff, and so the drama continues.

Finally we get to the point where large sacrifices must be made willingly or otherwise. People realize now that Granny can’t get her medication anymore because no one makes it due to some recent law designed to benefit some stock of a competitor company owned by a politician. Vets don’t get the care they signed up for. People are forbidden from using their own land for their own purposes over endangered snarfblats.

And STILL most of society turns blind eyes because ‘their stuff’ isn’t in immediate danger. The other guys’ is. their Granny is doing OK and they live in an apartment.

Eventually granny and some veterans die. Still the majority doesn’t care. Then one day, it’s so widespread an issue they have to care. They have no choice. And that’s when the ‘no fury like a liberal scorned’ thing comes into play.

But it has to get SO bad...and lots of people have to die. Because that is the way the world works. And it sucks. But we can look back through the history books and see it played out repeatedly. We could stop it. We could not let it get to that point at any time we choose.

But we don’t. because of situational ethics, our stuff and the belief that it can’t happen to America.

It can. It is.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 11:15:54 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: TigersEye

Just a matter of time, probably hours, before the media declares this another racist witch hunt.


7 posted on 05/17/2014 12:01:32 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

The MSM is the Country’s greatest threat.


9 posted on 05/17/2014 12:35:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: FreeperCell
There really are a lot of veterans dying. What is up with that?

Death panels.

10 posted on 05/17/2014 12:49:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Yup. And we should all take a moment and thank all the PDSers that helped the libs with their constant discrediting of Palin.

The one woman with the guts to speak the truth and half the ‘right’ wing does all they can to make sure she’s minimized at all times.


11 posted on 05/17/2014 1:10:31 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: chessplayer
More dead Americans = more phony scandals with these traitors.
12 posted on 05/17/2014 2:18:07 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Gene Eric

That’s the problem with a media which has hoisted Obama on their shoulders for so long. If you try to pull out from below, he will come down on you with full weight.


13 posted on 05/17/2014 2:38:29 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

And STILL most of society turns blind eyes because ‘their stuff’ isn’t in immediate danger. The other guys’ is.
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One of your good posts I can agree with, Norm.


14 posted on 05/17/2014 2:38:37 AM PDT by octex
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To: Norm Lenhart

Right on!!


15 posted on 05/17/2014 2:49:48 AM PDT by RAY (God Bless the USA!)
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To: octex; RAY

The other day I was thinking about doing a column about starting “Teach a liberal the word ‘No” Day. But WE are the ones that could benefit from learning that word a little better I think.

All those little things we just give up? How about saying ‘No’? If only we would stop conditioning ourselves to accept bigger and bigger concessions.

It’s so simple a thing. But we really would rather just accept ‘whatever’ than to have to actually fight, even verbally. Can you imagine what will happen when it goes beyond having to fight verbally? We are going to have a repeat of the German trains for a lot of people.

Liberals conditioned us to give in. They have been teaching the avoid confrontation thing since the 70s at least, in schools. They have made us actually FEAR confrontation because it can cost you your job to argue and lately even disagree with a liberal.

So we abandoned the whole Chivalry/fight the good fight mentality to keep our stuff intact. And we will only turn this mess around when we get over the conditioning and realize the alligator will eventually bite us too. The founders understood the hang together or separately thing. We would do well to remember their wisdom.


16 posted on 05/17/2014 3:19:07 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

You can tell a liberal “NO” all you want and they will still do what they damn well please. Look at odumbo, Holder and the rest of the administration ilk, they all do what they want, Constitution be damned.

It is time someone in Washington got enough backbone to insist on “NO”.


17 posted on 05/17/2014 3:54:02 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: chessplayer

Chop shop, I worked there for years and my father was a patient until he died


18 posted on 05/17/2014 4:05:44 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Norm Lenhart

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.

Mark twain


19 posted on 05/17/2014 4:10:01 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

sacrifice...along with accountability, responsibility, honesty, modesty....the list goes on. Sadly, it’s just another word that means nothing to so many.


20 posted on 05/17/2014 4:18:54 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Norm Lenhart

+1


21 posted on 05/17/2014 4:33:01 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

They are accessories to murder High crimes and misdemeanors?


22 posted on 05/17/2014 4:35:07 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Norm Lenhart

What’s the fable about a guy having dinner at an event with 0bama and 0bama first asks for they guy’s dinner roll and the guy gives it to him... and 0bama continues to ask for more and more stuff until the guy only has something really valuable remaining.

ANother guest says “you should have stopped him at the dinner roll”.

I wish i could find that somewhere...


23 posted on 05/17/2014 4:37:26 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: DaveA37

Actually that’s what I was getting at. “Teach was just a polite way of saying ‘forcing it on them whether they like it or not’. Sort of like teaching a puppy by rubbing their nose in their ‘mistake’.


24 posted on 05/17/2014 4:51:09 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: FES0844

Hey it’s a lesser evil right? It must be OK! I learned that from staunch rock ribbed conservatives right here on FR last election.

Odd that some of them are awful quiet about it and seem to have forgotten they ever said it though... But we didn’t.


25 posted on 05/17/2014 4:53:50 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: exit82; Norm Lenhart
Here is the parable I was looking for...

Thanks exit82 -

...snip...

The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

"Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry."

"I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

"And his brother Eric is very thirsty." said the President.

I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don't want to seem unkind.

...snip...

good short read....

26 posted on 05/17/2014 4:59:28 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
What is happening to our VETS is what Odinga has in Store for ACA (Afordible Care Act) American populace

Living Vets and Senior Citizens cost money, dead ones are a source of income via confiscatory death taxes.

Everyone should be able to do the math on these motives.

Damn, I'm in both categories...been nice knowing you.

27 posted on 05/17/2014 5:10:29 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: FreeperCell

Come on people, there are veterans being mistreated and neglected here, what difference does it make now how this happened?!


28 posted on 05/17/2014 5:36:10 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: chessplayer
UP Yours Herr Goebbels.
29 posted on 05/17/2014 6:48:40 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: chessplayer

I’m starting to believe that the Carney is an android, because no human being could do what he does daily with a straight face.


30 posted on 05/17/2014 6:55:22 AM PDT by windsorknot
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Here is a winner for Republicans. Force that company Sertec to process every VA claim within the next 3 months or their contract will be terminated and forced to pay back every nickel.


31 posted on 05/17/2014 7:02:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: windsorknot

He is a democrat party drone.
Just like all the others who work for the heartless and soulless individual who claims to be have been born in Hawaii.


32 posted on 05/17/2014 7:02:51 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: chessplayer

If the administration is going to get to the bottom of every scandal that has come up,& which they have “vowed” to do in most cases....they better get started real soon while this administration is still in power & the right people are still in place to answer the charges.


33 posted on 05/17/2014 7:05:33 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: chessplayer

I do believe that we are way,way,way past believing ANYTHING this corrupt lyng mac daddy administration has to say about anything.


34 posted on 05/17/2014 7:37:52 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Damn, I'm in both categories...been nice knowing you.

Have no fear. I heard a rumor that Hillary Clinton will now be put in charge of the VA.

35 posted on 05/17/2014 7:38:32 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Gene Eric

“The MSM is the Country’s greatest threat.”

Winner of true comment of the week contest.


36 posted on 05/17/2014 7:51:15 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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