Friday, July 25, 2014

VA 'scandals', DeJa-Vu, 'that's like oh soooo last week'

The conservatives got their 'Mission Accomplished', clearing the target on Gen Shinseki held since speaking Military truth and getting fired by then CiC bush, their problems thus solved, so move on to other 'scandals' they caused or are making up to see if it sticks to the wall so their followers can parrot it far and wide and ignore the reality!

The Conservative all the time line about money, funding, shows the disconnect, and who they really work for, and total lack of concern as to their congressional charges as a rep of those served and those served like it that way!! But does, finally, explain, in not just recent history, why it was so easy for them to Rubber Stamp All Costs of Wars, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, and with No-Bid Private Corporation War Contractors Contracts including the very rapid build of their private merc army at huge expense and then morphed into another intelligence gathering agency and like in the wars no accountability nor oversite, just like the rest of the now private government contractors!

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days
07/24/2014 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise.

On Thursday, Sanders told reporters he may have been similarly victimized by that opposition.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced that after weeks of trying, negotiations between him and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs had ground to a halt.

The disagreement wasn’t only substantive -- though major details still needed to be hammered out. Rather, Sanders accused his Republican counterparts of not being honest brokers. He chastised them for valuing political theater over actual negotiation, and insisted they were demanding votes only on their proposals.

Miller’s "idea of negotiation is: ‘We have a proposal. Take it or leave it,’” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “Any sixth-grader in a school of the United States understands, this is not negotiation.” read more>>>

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

They have no problem Not being 'skeptical' about any and all costs of wars as they rubber stamped all the wants and all borrowed and off the books till executive administrations changed. Wars that quickly added to the needs of the decades long under funded peoples responsibility, especially as to wars, the VA. Country ignores and denies the issues from, since Korea and many issues from previous World conflicts.

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

To Miller and the conservative mentality wars are righteous to Over Fund, Wealth to be made off the investments in, but Caring about those sent after most certainly isn't!! Until they get what they've sought, to Privatize for Corporate Profit off the peoples treasury and thus as a still, but stripped down, Government Agency they can then build bigger budgets for growing bottom line profits and returns on investment and bringing in all the problems of the private sector already flush with cash but not taking care of those problems till others notice they exist, that happens already and the government agencies get blamed not the private contractors!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Keep grossly under funded, decades and wars from, causing problems which compound into more and it's easier to convince those served that privatizing is better, it certainly will not be cheaper, if profit is made from privatization. Care and the People's, yet to Sacrifice as they ignore and deny, Responsibility doesn't come into their equation, so Bring On More War!!

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

And the just above is just recent history, not all that has been for decades and wars from!!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

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