We are going to do something that we don’t do very often here at Eagle Rising. We are going to praise a couple of Democrats. Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) are both standing to decry the Obama administration’s response to the Veterans Affairs Scandal. Both Rep. Scott and Barrow are demanding the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Here is Rep. Scott’s excoriating remarks on the floor of the House Wednesday.
“The first person we need to fire is the secretary of Veterans Affairs. We respect him, we respect his sacrifice for his country and everything else, but the buck stops at the top.”
Rep. Barrow made similar remarks earlier on in the day.
“Unfortunately, this administration has fallen short in providing the kind of care that our veterans have earned. While I don’t think a change in leadership will immediately solve the serious problems that plague the VA, I do think it’s time to give someone else an opportunity to lead the agency and begin the rebuilding process to ensure these issues never happen again. Secretary Shinseki deserves the utmost respect for his service, but it’s time for someone new to get to the bottom of what’s happened on his watch.”
However, my favorite line came from Rep. Scott when he cut to the quick and demanded more urgency from president Obama.
“I listened to the president today, and I was very disappointed with President Obama today. There was no urgency. Mr. President, we need urgency.”
That’s what we’ve been saying for six years, Mr. Scott.
Now, I’m not delusional.
I would bet that some of these remarks are at least partly to do with the fact that Democrats are struggling to tread water politically and the midterms keep getting closer and closer. Many Democrats in conservative areas realize that they can’t keep taking on water because of the ineptitude of the Obama administration – and so I would expect to see more attacks like this from Congressional Democrats on President Obama as November nears.
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