“IF IT FEELS THIS GOOD BEING USED …”
By FITSNews || Earlier this year FITS published a series of stories examining the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia, S.C. – which played a starring role in the national scandal that brought down Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs (VA) chief.
We view the VA scandal as a perfect example of government’s broken promises to the men and women who (foolishly we might add) still enlist in the armed forces under the mistaken belief they are advancing freedom at home and abroad.
First of all, they’re clearly not advancing freedom at home … and second of all, it’s not America’s job to advance freedom abroad.
They are lured into sacrificing life, limb and mental health by our warmongering interventionist leaders – yet when the time comes for their needs to be taken care of, they get forced into a broken government-run health care system.
The scandal is also a perfect example of how government-run care is inferior to private sector care – and an example of why our leaders need to be unwinding government’s role in the health care industry, not dramatically ramping it up.
Anyway, two stories earlier this month landed on our radar regarding the (ongoing) VA scandal.
One of these stories – published by The Daily Caller – focused on a VA bureaucrat who was convicted of stealing $15,000 from the agency (which she then used to renovate her house). Although she could have been sentenced to ten years in jail, the woman got probation and 120 hours of community service – and was told to put the money back.
Sheesh … talk about campaign fodder.
The other story – which we view as a much bigger deal – involves allegations that the VA’s inspector general attempted to “soften” the impact of a devastating report on the agency’s mistreatment of veterans. Specifically, the IG is accused of bowing to pressure from the Obama administration by adding a line to the report regarding the lengthy wait times veterans endured while waiting for essential treatment.
Several veterans whose names appeared on secret lists maintained the agency died while awaiting treatment.
According to the added line, investigators “(could not) conclusively assert” that the long wait times “caused the deaths of these veterans.”
A whistleblower told CBS this conclusion was not included in the initial draft of the report – but was added later in an effort to mitigate the coming storm
“The organization was worried that the report was going to damn the organization,” the whistleblower told the network. “And therefore it was important for them to introduce language that softened that blow.”
What a country, right?
Hopefully all would-be soldiers will take note of this ongoing debacle. Bottom line? “This is what happens when they’re done with you.” They steal your money, leave you to die … and then cover it all up.
“First of all, they’re clearly not advancing freedom at home” That broad brush applies to the personnel operating our ballistic missile submarines that a portion of are on patrol 24/7/365. We should stand them all down and inactivate the missiles. No other country would dare launch on an unarmed US would they? The Russians don’t have the capability do they. The very idea is just MIC propaganda.
I am not a fan of the VA. Those that have run the VA into the ground for all these many years are self serving bureaucrats intent on increasing their power and their own financial gain. As much as I despise the VA I have the same feeling for those that disparage our men and women in uniform. To say they are “foolish”, have “mistaken belief” and “they’re clearly not advancing freedom at home” rises to the level of the self serving bureaucrats running the VA.
Government employees. Some of laziest worthless not give a hoot bums in our society. Seen enough of it to write a book. And now with social media, the lack of productively is 1000 times worst.
Government employees are ATF, FBI, all US soldiers, sailors and airmen, air traffic controllers, etc. So they are all lazy, worthless and don’t give a hoot.
What ever happened to the Nancy Cook VA scandal? It is like it vanished off the radar.
“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating whether the former director of a North Charleston veterans’ homeless shelter broke federal laws by using taxpayer-funded grants to bankroll her own lifestyle.”
Dudley has uncovered a missing $542,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as allegations of fraud in the center’s daily taxpayer-subsidized operations – allegations which are now being investigated by the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS).
Cook is a former Charleston County School Board Chairwoman – which means she’s been well-trained in the art of padding her pockets while pouring other people’s money down the drain.
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2010/11/27/like-a-good-neighbor/#PRl21GMhY5ucFc4L.99