Skip to comments.Memorial Day: Obama and the Faculty Windbags' Waterloo
Posted on 05/25/2014 5:00:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The first Memorial Day I can remember was just a few years after the end of World War II. I was in second grade and my teacher, Miss Frank, told us, choking back her tears, what it meant. Her beloved brother had died just a few years earlier, training another young aviator in taking off from the deck of a carrier. Something went wrong and they both plunged into the sea and their deaths. My classmates and I had then still vivid memories of separation from our fathers, uncles, and brothers, and war deaths of our own loved ones. Memorial Day was sacred.
In recent years the days meaning has often been lost in the holiday atmosphere of an early summers three-day weekend. But I do not think this will be one of these years, for the Veterans Administration scandal has legs and this one (of so many administration scandals) cannot be swept under the rug. Every Memorial Service will remind those who care -- and most of us still do -- that their government is often managed by callous bureaucrats who seriously, even fatally, withheld medical care for those to whom we owe an eternal debt. It touches so many families and reminds those of us not still in the Woodstock cannabis haze the dangers of putting important functions in the hands of a government without workable checks, a diligent honest press, and honorable officeholders.
It also underscores the incompetence of this administration, the presidents utter refusal to listen to reason, and his partys refusal to play by the established rules of Congress....
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I agree. However, this administration is quite “competent” in intentionally advancing the decline of Free America, American values and American cultural morals. Very competent, indeed.
Fox had a whistle blower doctor on today who said he worked at both a VA hospital and at a prison. The veterans received worse care than the prisoners, That is a shameful fact this Memorial Day.
Yep, if they were “incompetent”, they’d “get it right” once in a while, if only by accident.
They never get it right; therefore every act of evil that issues from them is clearly intentional.
Do the kids these days really know how much suffering, sacrifice, and death it took previous generations to give them the legacy of freedom?
Do they care?
No and no.
I’m afraid you’re exactly right.
My earliest memories of Memorial Day and Independence Day were probably around age 4 or 5 which was 1955 - 1956 for me. I remember watching lots of Army vehicles in the parades, long speeches, and sitting on Dad’s old scratchy dark olive green Marine Corps blanket to watch fireworks. We learned the anthem of every branch of the military in elementary school and you still hear them every year on Rush or Mark Levin...but rarely otherwise. Only ten years after WW II and and just after the end of the Korean War, the nation was still in a patriotic mood and honored its vets. And didn’t let them die in phony lines at VA hospitals.
“Every Memorial Service will remind those who care — and most of us still do — that their government is often managed by callous bureaucrats who seriously, even fatally, withheld medical care for those to whom we owe an eternal debt. It touches so many families and reminds those of us not still in the Woodstock cannabis haze the dangers of putting important functions in the hands of a government without workable checks, a diligent honest press, and honorable officeholders.”
I’ve always wondered by we have done the disservice of forcing our service men and women to wait on military Doctors instead of allowing them to see any doctor they like like the rest of us. You would think those who risked their lives to help keep us free from other hostile governments should at least be granted some level of freedom from our own often incompetent state.
The military system has often received far more praise than it honestly merits as an institution. This is usually because we love our honorable service men who often run theses systems under the command of Washington Bureaucrats. But the truth is tricare like the rest of the military as a government institution is an extremely wasteful and expensive bureaucracy.
Being Routinely subjected to incompetent and misguided political leadership doesn’t really even account for all of TRICAREs institutional problems. Because to be frank many of theses are problems inherit to any Government run monopoly over time. They are the product of natural institutional rot from lack of competition for their client’s money.
That client I remind you is our military men and women who have no choice in what healthcare provider and/or manager their money goes to fund, and from whom they get service. So its not like tricare has to keep up with the neighbors to keep from losing their business.
Instead the very men we have asked to fight for our freedom to choose how we manage our own lives and money are themselves subject to the same kind of tyranny by our own government. In this case at the needless risk of their lives and well-being.
As a disabled Vet myself (partial deaf due to gun fire), I cannot say I have been treated badly by the VA. In fact, I have been treated VERY WELL and with great respect by all who have worked with me. I believe what we are hearing about in the news is related to certain VA hospitals and services and specific individuals, NOT SO where I go.
Obviously odumbo bares some responsibility and there is no excuse for what has happened and it needs to be resolved but we should not “throw the baby our with the bathwater” and blame ALL VA facilities nor the people who work there.
Im glad to hear you’ve been treated so well at your VA hospital. I’ve unfortunately known a few veterans who’s medical care has not necessarily been so top notched at the hands of the VA. I acknowledged that you may be right in that most VA places may be just fine, and I’m sure a lot of their people are fine practitioners as well.
But I firmly believe members of our military such as yourself deserve more choice. That the VA itself needs to be in competition for your business. This is not just for your own good and the Good of all veterans but for the VA itself which like any institution rots without such competition.
We ain’t throwing the baby out with the bath water, we just letting the baby take its baths more places if it wants to.
“That the VA itself needs to be in competition for your business. This is not just for your own good and the Good of all veterans”........
Interesting that you said that since my VA doctors have been exceptionally good at working with “outside” doctors who are treating me for something the VA is not equipped to handle at my local VA hospital/clinic and the VA in Madison, WI. Every exam and followup has been communicated between both entities and I can assure you they are indeed working together.
As I stated in my initial post, I believe the problems with the VA that the news media are exploiting are more isolated than not although like anyone, I could be wrong.
You may be spot-on regarding the broad brush approach to the VA situation being taken the media. Personally, I have never had any problems with the Palo Alto VA. Fortunately, I’m not dealing with any serious health issues but a friend of mine did get excellent care for spinal surgery he had last year. YMMV.
“As I stated in my initial post, I believe the problems with the VA that the news media are exploiting are more isolated than not although like anyone, I could be wrong.”
Indeed we both could be, but let me ask you this as a vegetarian do you like being in a position where you need to choose places to live in part based upon the availability of VA hospitals?
As a Tax payer I certainly don’t like the idea of paying for dedicated military hospitals all over the country.
The real closer for me on this issue is the matter of cost, in the past 5 years Congress has increased spending on the VA by 50% an unprecedented level of growth for any government program at the request of Obama’s hand picked leader of the VA. Dispute that enormous sum of money your seeing worse performance not better. This is probably a direct result of incompetent management locally, and ultimately at the top where such local military locals are suppose to be monitored.
Whatever you might say about how ‘isolated’ this Innocent might be it doesn’t change the venerability to Centralized miss-management. Nor does it leave Vets living in such areas with real timely alternatives. A simpler, and better solution is what is already being done and to let vegetarians just uses the private healthcare system.
Now im not going to tell you that Vets can keep their VA doctor’s, obviously as more vets simply pick private doctors we are going to want to close down the underutilized VA medical facilities in the area. I am convinced many of these are already unnecessary money losing burden’s to tax payers. But the market will tell when vets are encouraged & empowered to pick their own doctor for themselves and their families.