Saturday, May 31, 2014

Conservatives Ignored What Was Coming, as to Veterans, That's Normal

And had long existed from previous decades and wars from, as issues were ignored by those served so no need to fulfill their end of the contracts with those that served then in those flag waving patriotic wars, mostly of choice like these two recent occupation theaters!!

Anthony Orlando: VA scandal was foreseen, just not by Republicans
May 30, 2014 - Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz predicted the VA scandal.

Back in 2008, the eminent researchers — one a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, the other a Nobel laureate in economics — published a book called The Three Trillion Dollar War, where they argued most Americans were drastically underestimating the cost of the Iraq War. They didn't specifically describe the events that have unfolded in recent weeks, but they did point out the enormous burden that would be placed on the VA system as veterans returned from Iraq — a burden that we were not preparing for.

And that was before the surge in Afghanistan.

Upon taking the oath of office, Barack Obama tripled U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, sending over 60,000 troops into combat. Only now, five years later, have troop levels reverted to the level they were when he took office. So you can add 60,000 troops for five years on top of the costs projected by Bilmes and Stiglitz — projections that were verified and replicated by the Joint Economic Committee of Congress as well as Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, the father of modern economic forecasting.

And yet, Congress refused to boost the VA budget. read more>>>

"The Three Trillion Dollar War"

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