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Voters Blame Obama Administration for VA Scandal

In a newly released CBS poll, voters seem to blame the Obama administration most for the recent Veterans Affairs Scandal.

Now look. I’m not in the habit of defending the Obama administration. They certainly have fault in how this scandal has been handled, and President Obama has fault in believing that he could fix all of our problems simply through the power of his personality. (Remember back in 2007 President Obama already knew of the problems at the Veterans Affairs Administration.)

The problems at the VA are endemic and systemic. The Obama administration is no more at fault than all the other previous administrations for the plethora of problems that exist within the VA. The honest truth is that this is simply how socialized healthcare operates. It has to by its nature. Before you argue that the VA is not socialized medicine… that is EXACTLY what it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGJOtiffyRw

The problems at the VA are the same problems we see in every other socialized system of healthcare around the world. The only difference is that this is happening in America now. We can expect to see more problems like the ones at the VA once Obamacare is up and running at full capacity too. In fact, you should be as worried as you are angry about the VA Scandal… because it is simply a picture of what we should expect for ourselves in the coming years. (Unless Obamacare can be repealed.)

There is a scandal unfolding at the VA that the Obama administration SHOULD be blamed for. It’s strikingly similar to some of the other Obama scandals like the Benghazi Scandal and the NSA Scandal… the similarity is all about the COVER-UP.

The government operating secretly in the dark corners of our society. Hiding things that shouldn’t be hidden. Lying to us about what is actually happening and why it’s happening. Covering up the death of Americans and trying to slink away from any discussion about blame or justice.

So, while I don’t blame Obama for what is happening at the VA, I do place all of the blame for the scandalous behavior of the VA squarely on President Obama’s shoulders.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

  • Blessings

    I Blame him for having the knowledge of this issue and doing absolutely nothing about it for five + years! His allowing this to evolve into this monster, that is accountable for over 40+ deaths of our honored veterans, has no appropriate word in our vocabulary that can be attached to it…
    These are our Americans soliders that have given their blood, their flesh, their limbs, their minds, their lives, my nephew’s life, to allow us our freedom, and “scandal” doesn’t even touch it!

    Don’t respond if you’re going to look back and blame.. That sorry excuse has nothing to do with what obama had in front of him and chose to ignore! You obama kiss a$$ minions have no clue of this pain WE family’s feel when our Honored soliders die on the battlefield, and now this…On our soil!

  • Blame HUH??….. Just who the hell is to blame if not obozo?…. Yes this is what socialized medicine is however it is exactly what he wants for everyone. BTW he ordered the destruction of the records of veterans in order to hide the fact that many were on waiting list for up to two years as to hide the numbers from the voters during his “re-election”. He did this not Casper the ghost…. You all are completely delusional if you believe otherwise!….

  • Remington 870

    obama has been hiding behind his supposed black race shield and uses the race card on all who oppose him….as does Holder and other Race mongers. The cowardly GOP congress does nothing for fear of being called racists. But, the GOP is called racist all the time…so what difference does it make? Grow some balls GOP and attack this interloper who occupies our White House and calls himself Dictator.

    • savannarose55

      we should all become immune to the word racist, since its used for everything now….

  • obfusk8

    Here’s the link to the promises Obama/Biden made after they stole the 2008 election to help us veterans and make the VA into a showcase. It’s a showcase, all right. For coffins. OBAMA IS TO BLAME because this administration wants all veterans DEAD. Read and re-read this bucket of crap.
    http://change.gov/agenda/veterans_agenda/

    • I for one am in total agreement with you…. Now lets set here for a minute and count the number of obozo zombies that come here in the defense of this traitor.

  • Cheryl Lynn

    This is exactly what happens when you put people in charge where there is no respect for their job, veterans, the American people or themselves. This administration is rotten from top to bottom. Nasty oozing rotten. Seems the only thing they can do with any amount of skill is give each other bonuses, raises and awards…..Oh yeah…and trash previous Republican administrations. War on women = ask women to provide their own birth control in a few cases and require unborn babies not to be aborted after 5 months. War on Veterans = neglect them till they die. Most vets vote conservative anyway which of course means sub-human. Voters are watching. There will barely be a liberal in office in a red state after this November election. Which is a shame cause this country really does need checks and balances….but they did it to themselves….and STILL doing it.

  • TOTLAM

    HE KNEW! The bxxxxxd KNEW! And he did two things – 1 – This was bad news and he does not handle bad news well at all 2 – It did nothing to further his rise in the popularity polls there was no way for that, seemingly “little”, issue to increase his standing in the eyes of the American people. It was useless to him so he “might” have listened, but he did not HEAR! Therefore it, like many other things in his administration, was ignored – then “kicked” under the carpet at some later point! I DID NOT! Come home from “Nam” in one piece only to have a complete stranger decide that my time was up! If God wants me He knows right where I am – at all times – it is He who has the authority to call to me and I will answer His call – willingly!.But for some “bean counter(s)” to decide that, He / She / They, have such of an excess of Veterans who, “are gonna die anyway” that some are put on a separate “list” for a time when the “pace slows down some.” And with two wars going simultaneously, the ever growing crush of incoming injured Veterans, sadly helped seal the fate of those on that “list!” Rather then throw money away on a daily basis, it should have been directed at this debacle already many years in the making. He alone had the power to pick people, organize a budget, and have them “wade” in there, and don’t come out until it’s fixed. That WOULD have put many feathers in his “crown” among both active and inactive Veterans and their families.Yet he chose the “easier” route and it is now sitting prominently IN HIS LAP!.

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    Destroyer-In-Chief. “Presiding over the controlled decline of America.” His words.

  • JARHEAD

    Of course he knew! But lets fix the VA problems first & as fast as possible…..if the VA cannot be fixed then lets consider defunding the VA, selling all the assets and give our disabled vets the money to purchase health care where they live.
    …that will not only provide faster, better medical help to veterans but reduce our Income Taxes as well. Same could be applied to the IRS, which I’m sure everyone agrees is too corrupt to fix?

    • Well….. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but doing away with the V.A. will only land you in obozo-care in which will be much worse.

  • howe joseph

    In 2008 and on other occasions during several of his hundreds of campaign speeches and fund raisers, he did in fact talk about how he was going to fix the V.A. problem he inherited from Bush. The fact of the matter is that we have a President who has the gift of gab and no balls to carry out productive action. It’s bad enough to have a President that talks the talk but does not walk the walk, but the devastation that he leaves in his wake with the ongoing and continual lies about everything that goes wrong under his watch is breath taking. It’s hard to imagine that so many democrats buy his rhetoric.

  • howe joseph

    When the President lies, people dies. Think about it-Benghazi, ATF Gun Running, V.A.
    If this President is doing his job someone tell me why people are dying.

  • worldwatchers

    The Voters finally see Obama has nothing but contempt for the American way of life!
    His treatment of the military has been nothing short of distaste and mockery!

  • worldwatchers

    As far as the Veterans and their deplorable treatment remember They are
    American Veterans and as such have no room in Obama’s America!!

  • chris

    Yes, I along with many others due blame Obama and his administration for the neglect, scandal of the VA along with several other scandals. He is the one in office and our so called president. He goes around giving executives orders left and right. But he doesn’t know nothing about what is going on so he says. Why not? He should be aware of everything that is happening. What a joke!. This is what many people elected to run the country??

    • Linor34

      What a joke indeed! We need a President not a Sergeant Schultz.

  • http://yahoo.com/ DustyFae

    Obama is on his own as far as who to blame on the killing of our Veterans and the attacks on our Military.. He is afraid they will rise up against him and throw him out of the WH… All Communist Dictators are afraid of the Military and that is why they usually have their own private army, but they will throw them under the bus as soon as he does not need their service any longer.. Obama wants only those who will gun down their own people to be in his army…

    • Combatvet52

      Things might just backfire for the liar in Chief.

      • Hellhound

        F#ckin’ A !

        • Combatvet52

          Ditto Sam he’s gotta go down big time.

          • Hellhound

            I pray to the good Lord every day for that to happen, and to be part of the patriotic Americans that will make it happen.

  • t

    He has known for over 5 years now and has run out of excuses on his inability to lead this nation. National and global issues have proven to be far to much for him and his administration and has proven his skills are best suited to small town community organizing and fund raising not our nations highest office.

    • southern tom

      …THE PROBLEM is 0 isn’t interested in “leading” this nation, he’s only interested in fundamentally transforming this nation… and standing in the way of that transformation, are our veterans, the Tea Party, and the militia’s that have sprung-up all across the nation…

      …A BATTLE is brewing…

  • seeymour kleerly

    Bush/Cheney’s collateral damage has flooded our VA system. Obama has almost ended the carnage of young American dying for lies!

    • loulun

      Who has been President 6 years ?

      • seeymour kleerly

        Did I faint and hit my head?

        • loulun

          You must have cause your as bright as a door knob

    • sanman99

      I see you speak I am a liberal with no brain, you are on the wrong page. CNN is over there. They will understand your mumble. Here you just sound like a disgruntled drunk.

    • Fred Doe

      Are you paid for such stupid remarks, or are you truly stupid?

      • Hellhound

        Both.

        • seeymour kleerly

          Sadly it’s only one.

    • ECwashr

      Oh that’s right you Obama useful idiots always find someone else to blame for the worst president in US history! Highest gas prices EVER, highest food prices EVER, has home energy bills EVER, highest unemployment since the Great Depression, over 90 MILLION Americans out of work, Benghazi, Solyndra, Fast N Furious, NSA, Verizon, IRS, VA scandels, muslim brotherhood terrorist in Obama administration, Obama sending millions of our tax dollars, jets and tanks to muslim brotherhood, we are still in Iraq, Afghanistan, because of Obama Political Correctness is destroy our nation, because of Obama people (especially black and whites) are divided as ever, etc. Because of Obama the United States is now the laughingstock of the entire world. Its been SIX YEARS since this muslim brotherhood usurper pathological LIAR son of Lucifer has illegally taken office. Yet somehow, someway, NOTHING IS HIS FAULT!!, “Its Bush’s fault, its the GOP, its those ATM machines, its those Ticket Kiosk at the airports, its those Christians in Western PA holding on to their guns and Bibles”!! WAKE UP you FOOL!! The only difference between Obama and the pilots on 9/11 is the method of destruction!! “Excuses are the first sign of weak, poor leadership”! General Dwight Eisenhower

      • seeymour kleerly

        Just adding perspective and proportion.

  • DavidE

    The reason why Obama is being blamed for the short comings of the VA Hospitals and treatment of our veterans, or lack thereof, is because of his negative and uncaring attitude and policies toward our vets and active military personnel, i.e., lower pay raises, cuts in Tricare, removing our top dedicated military officers who will NOT condone shooting our own citizens, allowing homosexuals to openly express their sexual beliefs AND LETTING THEM CHASTISE AND HINDER THE PROGRESSION OF HETEROSEXUAL PERSONNEL. Now for the real insult to our Christian Military Personnel, they nor their Chaplains can mention or give sermons regarding Jesus Christ. You can praise Allah and the Islam Religion all you wish. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • sanman99

    Obama and EVERY politician should get their medical care at the VA!!!! It would be AAA by next week.

    • slapjack

      I’m happy with my VA health care. I don’t want it ruined by allowing the politicians using it. Damn political MORONS would screw itt up even further.

      • sanman99

        I want to see YOU treated like royalty. You deserve it!!!

  • sanman99

    Obama and his crew are self destroying the DumboCRAPS.

  • Fred Doe

    Welcome to the future and your soon to be had personal experiences with obamacare. But don’t sweat it though. When you become dangerously ill. the MSM will show you a photo of obama with a halo around his head for inspiration.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=obama+with+a+halo&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=XGl_U7OGEIiIogTQ0YGIAw&ved=0CCgQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=947

  • AnnaGraceS

    When are those freaking moron dumocraps going to call for barry hussein soetoro to step down and go away… barry is the most inept POS ever to walk and play golf… he hasn’t a clue how to run the greatest country in the world. He is destroying it day by day and no one does anything about it. He is an embarrassment to America!! Too bad barry and his inept supporters aren’t patients in the VA Hospitals. They might be left to die … aww well I can dream can’t I?!?!?

  • ECwashr

    This sinister anti American muslim clown has been in office SIX YEARS now. Yet somehow the liberals will blame Bush for this VA scandal. It will have nothing to do with the fact that muslim usurper pathological LIAR Obama has gutted our military and VA staffs throughout the nation. Oh no no no no, its Bushs fault. Why hasn’t this son of Lucifer been arrested on treason charges yet??

  • BGills

    Of course people will blame the Obama administration for these problems, and rightfully so! After making it a campaign issue in the 2008 presidential election, and repeated assurances that the problems would be remedied since then, who in their right mind would blame anyone else for the failures of this administration? Clearly their solutions don’t work, and blaming others for their failures is simply no longer acceptable! The only thing this administration is good at, is wasting valuable time on failed approaches, to solve critical problems, with absolutely no indications of accountability. Sounds like a recipe for disaster that will end-up costing many more lives before they are done.

  • Ben Frank

    I see it that the rethug’s should shoulder the blame too. They have blocked and turned their back on our vet’s. Here are some bill they have blocked, added poison pills to the bill or just stalled.

    Here’s a concise extraction for easy viewing for those who are INTERESTED IN VETERANS ISSUES and need to know which party supports veterans and which party does not.

    The rejected Bills are named:

    H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.

    H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act

    H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

    H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans

    H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009

    H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act

    H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act

    DETAILS OF BILLS REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS:

    H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act – This bill would actually provide job security for veterans who are receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered while fighting in defense of their country. It would prohibit employers from terminating employees who miss work while receiving treatment for a service-related disability.

    H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act – This bill would provide for assistance to help veterans who are currently unemployed with their expenses while retraining for the current job market.

    H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization – This bill would reauthorize programs in support of homeless veterans, to assist them with job training, counseling, and placement services through the Department of Veterans Aff

    Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans which does nothing more than direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about scholarships for veterans.

    H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009 – Here’sanother bill in support of those who have fought for their country, passed by House Democrats and blocked from becoming law by Republicans.

    This would increase the amount paid by the VA to disabled veterans for necessary home structural improvements from $4,100 to $6,800 for those who are more than 50% disabled, and from $1,200 to $2,000 who are less than 50%, disabled. This means, if a veteran lost the use of his legs in service of his country, the country will pay for the wheelchair ramp so that he can live at home.

    By the way, the last time this ceiling was lifted was in 1992. There isn’t even a fiscal reason for being against this bill, as the total cost of this bill, according to CBO estimates, would be a “whopping” $20 million. That’s about a quarter (25 cents) per family of four.

    H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act –This bill would set up a Veterans Business Center program within the Small Business Administration, which would specialize in such programs as grants for service-disabled veterans, help them develop business plans and secure business opportunities. In other words, folks, it would create jobs and offer opportunities those who have fought in defense of our country.

    H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act – This bill essentially combines a number of other bills that Republicans had blocked in the Senate previously, and adds a few elements. The bill would again establish a Veterans Business Center Program; …. it would establish a Military Entrepreneurs Program; …

    VOTERS NEED TO SEE THIS LIST to offset the distortions offered by the GOP and the silent media.

    This GOP record does not says We Do Not Support the Troops.

    • Ted Crawford

      This is your second, disingenuous attempt to distract and deflect the responsibility from Obama and his Progressive Administration, Comrade.
      Saddly for you, most of us are very well aware that “All that Glitters IS NOT Gold”, and that the overwhelming majority of the time, ANY program initiated by a Progressive, turns out to be exactly opposite of it’s Named intent! PPACA for example!
      Before you climb on your high horse about not understanding the needs of disabled veterans, I’m a Disabled Veteran of Vietnam, with a Purple and two Clusters! The very best thing that can be done for our Veterans Is to GET THE ECONOMY MOVING! We don’t need any hand-out!
      In case you are unaware, we’re not just Broke, we have a $17.5 TRILLION Deficit! One more disingenuous Government Program will do NOTHING of any real value for Veterans and simply increase the Deficit that our Children and Grandchildren will have to pay!

      • Ben Frank

        Thank you, for your services to our great country. And I truely mean that.

        Now Comrade, you have no clue who I am or what I do with my timee to help my fellow soldiers. Not one clue. In fact, I may have help you or one of our soldiers thalt you know, that are in need of help or someone to lean on, talk to or what ever they need. So get off your “high horse”.

        • Ben Frank

          To set the record straight,* for those who need reminding:

          Senate GOP Obstructionists Throw Veterans Under The Bus-Vote Down Bill To Help Vets In Need Of Jobs

          9/23/2012 @ 4:29PM

          For those who continue to believe that obstructionism at any cost is not the goal of the Senate Republicans, consider the behavior of the GOP Senators who, on Friday, blocked a bi-partisan effort to pass a bill that would put veterans to work in jobs that look after the nation’s federal land while also giving our fighting men and women a leg up when it comes to getting them hired by local police and fire departments.

          The legislation would have provided a relatively small allocation of $1 billion in funds to accomplish the goals of the program.

          In order to bring the bill to the floor, a procedural vote was required to waive a technical limit placed on such spending as agreed to in Congress during last year’s budgetary fiasco. Despite the sum of money having been fully offset by cuts and modifications to other planned expenditures, Senate Republicans used the required vote to shoot down the proposed legislation as the Democrats, with some Republican assistance, were able to manage only 58 of the 60 votes required to accomplish the waiver.

          GOP blocks COLA on benefits for disabled veterans and survivors

          September 28, 2012

          Despite what has traditionally been overwhelming support both in the past and unanimous support earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs announced on Thursday that at least one Republican Senator was holding up a bill which would provide a cost of living adjustment (COLA) on benefits for disabled veterans and the spouses and children of deceased veterans.

      • Hellhound

        Thank you for your service, sir !

    • Bannorhill

      Not one of those bills would have changed the VA and the problems it now has.

    • cordeg

      Alas, a good name on a bill doesn’t make a good bill. A well-intentioned program doesn’t make a good program. Legislation that sounds like it is good for specific groups which NO AMERICAN would reasonably disregard — and our vets certainly qualify for such a group — get voted down in virtually every case for very good reasons. Typically, it is because they are pie-in-the-sky, unworkable, ill-conceived, poorly-planned, underfunded, throw-away bills that politicians seeking to generate good PR for themselves create without sufficient seriousness or fore-thought and introduce on the floor in order to allow them to send a newsletter to their constituents back home proclaiming how they are a co-sponser on the “Save American Mothers, Children, Veterens, and Cute Bunnies Act” — and often intentionally design the bill to be so haphazard as to guarantee its defeat so they can use their support and someone else’s opposition for another round of good PR come the next election cycle. This is how we ended up with Health Care Reform legislation so poorly designed that even President Obama has had to make repeated ad hoc (and quite likely illegal) changes to various parts of the legislation as they are discovered to be counter-productive, punitive toward the people they are supposed to help, impossibly complex, ridiculously expensive, and otherwise so much crap cobbled together so Democrats could claim they are “For Sick Americans” and those dastardly Republicans just want Americans to “Die Quickly” (as the oh-so-eloquent Congressman Grayson put it). Frankly, any American who believes this kind of nonsense is a moron.

      No Republican or Democrat would seriously vote against a bill implementing a workable program that had a reasonable chance of producing the advertised positive benefits to American veterans. Thinking otherwise is an indication NOT that you are God’s gift to humanity and others are evil slugs, but rather that you are seriously full of yourself.

      Seriously. Republicans are veterans too, just as are Democrats. They have no interest in voting against themselves. And in what twisted fantasy world do you have to live to imagine that Republicans would vote against GOOD legislation for veterans in order to — what? — please that giant anti-veteran constituency? It’s a nonsensical concept on its face. To even ask the question is to provide the answer. It’s insipid.

      The sad fact of political life is that most of the legislation proposed in congress is Dead On Arrival not because of some powerful “Anti-Everything-That-Is-Pure-And-Good” lobby, but because it’s designed to achieve impossible ends with insufficient resources and geared more to generate good PR than good policy. (The late and very Liberal Washington Post editorial page editor Meg Greenfield told an exemplary story in her autobiography about 15 years ago in which she described how she discovered upon coming to Washington that the REAL supporters of civil rights in congress were NOT the conspicuous Northern Liberals she had covered so often back home — those who were always eager to TALK to a reporter about it — but instead congressmen she had rarely or never seen covered in the news on the subject, and that learning this was a real blow to her theretofore comfortable understanding of politics.)

  • DOOM161

    Voters should blame Obama for everything else his administration does, too. The first rule of being in charge is that everything is your fault. Obama had hag more than five years to reshape the VA in his image, and this is the result.

    I didn’t think I would see a president worse than Bush in my lifetime. Obama killed that fantasy.

  • Ben Frank

    The Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012 would have spent $1 billion over five years to put veterans to work tending to federal lands, and in the nation’s police and fire departments. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) based her plan of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), but Republicans opposed the bill because they said there is no proof that it would work.

    Here are the 40 Republicans who voted to keep America’s veterans unemployed,

    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Coats (R-IN) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Enzi (R-WY) Graham (R-SC) Grassley (R-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Hoeven (R-ND) Hutchison (R-TX) Isakson (R-GA) Johanns (R-NE) Johnson (R-WI) Kyl (R-AZ) Lee (R-UT) Lugar (R-IN) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Portman (R-OH) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rubio (R-FL) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Toomey (R-PA) Vitter (R-LA) Wicker (R-MS)

    • cordeg

      Utter nonsense, for reasons i’ve posted below, but in this specific case for yet another reason that reminds me of many “great ideas” i had when i was too young to know better. as a pre-teen, i wondered why the government didn’t just “hire” people on unemployment (or able-bodied people on other forms of welfare) to do things like clean-up parks, sweep streets, and do other sorts of work like that envisioned in Senator Murray’s insipid legislation. When i grew up, i learned that the greatest obstacle to such notions was the fact that most of those very same jobs were typically filled by unionized employees, and no politician was going to go up against any union and tell them they had a plan by which people who hadn’t paid union dues or worked their way up through the union-negotiated processes by which such jobs were awarded and workers advanced. Imagine the outcry when men and women who followed the rules for years suddenly had newbies come in and work beside them! It’s a non-started, and I’m sure that Senator Murray isn’t so ignorant as to fail to recognize this, but that’s not going to stop her from trying to score some valuable political points for her next election — especially with so many of her fellow Democrats running scared over the ObamaCare blow-back. The sad fact is that FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps wouldn’t stand a chance of passing today. Let’s face it — if it COULD, don’t you think President Obama would have proposed doing an almost exact duplicate of the whole dang program back in 2009 when the country was in a panic over the collapsing employment situation with millions of Americans continuing to lose jobs? He never even CONSIDERED such a thing because he knew very well that his Party would be committing political suicide to even suggest such a stab in the back of its union supporters. And frankly, if he’d have called my phone number at random to ask a typical American what they thought of such a proposal, i’d have told him i thought he was completely correct in concluding that it was unworkable both politically and practically (for LOTS of reasons beyond union discontent). In the case of Murray’s bill, it’s no less absurd to think that the Americans who already work “tending to federal lands” or working on police/fire forces would welcome a sudden influx of “outsiders” competing with them for jobs that are already hard to get. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be a nice idea in a perfect world, i’m just saying that this is about as pollyanna-ish as a 10-year old saying “We could solve the problem of terrorism if we just sat down and talked with the terrorists and explained how we want to be friends!” The Murray bill is a prime example of the kind of BS that clogs the political system so badly that serious attempts to solve our problems never see the light of day. REAL workable solutions are just “too hard”.

      And, frankly, anyone who believes that ANY political faction would actually have an inclination, impetus, or political profit in voting to “keep America’s veterans unemployed” — as if THAT were the actual difference between passing and rejecting this bill — is seriously UN-serious about the whole subject. i just can’t take such a person — or such illogic — seriously. But, hey, if you donate $1M to my 2014 election campaign, i promise to spend ALL of my time proposing the “Do Good Things for All Deserving People Act” — surely you aren’t against THAT? Or — WAIT A MINUTE! — could you be ONE OF “THOSE” PEOPLE who are AGAINST doing good and deserving people???? Egad!

    • flea1989

      What else was stuffed into that bill? Most of the time they stuff either pork, or something that goes against what the party to make the other party vote against it!

  • Iloveamerica

    Our Veterans are the 1% of Americans that should be taken care of first. They risked their lives for our Freedom. They earned it. This is shameful on our Govt. Democrats and Republicans alike, Should be ashamed.

  • ste1021

    The latest Rasmussen poll states that 50% of Americans APPROVE of Obama. How can this be? Dos that mean half of us don’t mind being lied to on a daily basis?

    • BigC

      Well, when you tally the total Blacks, Illegals, teachers, union members and complete idiots, there’s your 50%! You would think there would be some patriotic Americans in this bunch, wanting to put the welfare of the Country as priority one but the selfish bastards only have THEIR interests at heart!

      • ste1021

        I would add those on the public dole to your list.

      • seeymour kleerly

        You just called Black American UNPATRIOTIC! And you wonder why America thinks Conservatives are RACIST!

        • BigC

          Well moron, you want to call them what they are, then we’ll call them racist instead! There, happy now?? When 96% of Blacks vote for a totally unqualified community “rabble-rouser” to lead this Country it’s because of his race and therefore unpatriotic!
          Clear enough for you?? Let me answer for you………..after reading your comments for months, I know the answer. You are one of the dumbest a**es ever to disgrace the internet! NO; right?
          Here’s a clue; if you extract your head from your a**, you MIGHT actually be able to live up to your name!

  • Combatvet52

    All those who are responsible for letting my veteran buddy’s die should face a firing squad military style.

  • Hellhound

    A national disgrace !

  • anne

    I think our military should protect us from our rotten, lying, criminal government!

  • anne

    Everything is a*** backwards

  • anne

    According to the Rasmussen poll, is false just like the jobless report. And all the other reports that say there isn’t any crisis.

  • Bannorhill

    After doing so well with the VA this is the same government that now wants to run all health care.

    • WVF

      What a freakin’ joke!

  • 10579

    Why are they blaming Obama when it is his whole administration that is screwing the Vets, and every one else in the country. Are you going to put another democrat senate and president and congress men back into office? If you do you deserve every thing that is going to come your wayFood stamps living in new urban gettos ,maybe even living in cars and vans. Soup lines,very little money no welfare checks when no one is working to pay taxes. Go ahead vote the democrats in again.You can’t change the dirty bath water, if you don’t throw it out and replace it with new clean water.

  • Paul Brown

    I place all the blame for everything on this muslim terrorist pig. This jackass has his death squads and this is how they work, let the real bad cases wait until they die of natural causes that way we can’t be blamed. If they die, we’ll blame it on Bush again and then call them all racists if they don’t like how we are controlling costs.

  • WVF

    I don’t blame BHO for the problems of the VA, but I do blame him for doing nothing about what he knew.

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