Throwing a marshmallow at a rabid dog…

General Shinseki was called to the Principal’s office this morning. A last minute meeting added to Barry’s schedule at 6 A.M. Eastern. Ooooh, he’s in TROUBLE!!!! Not really, he’s a fall guy. The White House minions most likely saw some type of polling data that showed Barry’s likeability is so deep in the toilet that even Roto-Rooter™ can’t save him and he is grasping at straws to protect the reputation of his party prior to the mid-term elections.

There is no one person and no amount of money that can correct what has been going on at the VA for decades. If the purpose of this meeting is to ask for the General’s resignation, it is naught more than a dog and pony show and will fix NOTHING. What the VA needs is “cleaners” to be assigned to each and every hospital in the system who can sort through the mess of paperwork, triage the cases awaiting attention and ensure that each facility has enough nurses, physicians, therapists (occupational, physical and psychological) and medical support personnel to care for the influx of new patients into the system. This cannot be corrected from an office in DC, and asking any one person to repair the damage that has built up over the years is unfair and ludicrous.

My step-uncle served in the Korean War – in country. He suffered mental, emotional and physical impairments most of his life as a direct result of his service. In the late 70s, he was admitted to the VA Hospital in Brooklyn. His mother and sister called every day to check on his condition. They visited him twice a week, driving from Rockland County, New York early in the morning and staying until the hospital made them leave at night. One morning his mother phoned him, but a nurse answered and said he had been sent for tests. The VA employee told her to call back in a couple of hours. This went on all day. Finally, his sister phoned at 5 P.M. demanding to know what was going on. Her mother was a wreck because they were getting no answers. The voice on the other end of the phone advised her that John Falletta had passed away at 8 A.M. that morning, but would not say how it happened. Can you imagine the devastating effects this news had on his family? Bureaucracy and lack of communication among departments is, in my opinion, to blame for the pain they went through.

No President since Jimmy Carter (or possibly those in office prior to his term)  is to be excused for allowing this to continue and grow into the monster the VA has become. President Bush 43 was working on in-hospital solutions to eliminate the backlog, knowing that putting “boots on the ground” was the only way to straighten up this mess. Barry was advised during the transition in 2008 and vowed to be the President who healed all of the ills of the VA system.

Then crickets…until now.

So, the typical Ego in Chief “madder than hell”, “found out about it on TV [or in the newspaper, etc.]” rhetoric begins. Attempting to solve issues by creating fall guys or gals is another classic Barry move. And how long will he be madder than hell? Probably until he can find another shiny thing to direct the sheeple’s attention away from his latest disgrace.

Meanwhile, stories like mine will continue as they have for decades and our military men and women will suffer – along with their families – for years to come.

Just an aside:  How can POTUS claim that he is “madder than hell” and feign surprise at the ineptitude of the VA when he served on the US Senate Committee for Veteran’s Affairs in 2006?  This report was developed in 2014, after he had been POTUS for a few years.  But, you cannot tell me the 2006 committee members lived in blissful ignorance.  Some of the findings took years to research:

http://www.veterans.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MOAA%20HVAC-SVAC%20Testimony_6%20Mar%202014_%20FINAL.pdf

4 thoughts on “Throwing a marshmallow at a rabid dog…

  1. Hey Katrina! I’m sorry to hear about what happened to your step-uncle. That kind of stuff is a disgrace. To treat men and women who served the country and their families like that is something that’s not supposed to a part of America. We can see now that it’s way out of control and the present “commander-in-chief” really is an empty suit, and in reality loathes the U.S. military more than even the Clintons.
    I see the media is stepping up to the plate for Obama …
    http://news.yahoo.com/fix-veterans-health-care-takes-resolve-071054737–politics.html
    … as usual.

  2. The really sad thing, Steve, is that this will most likely be the only time Barry addresses the disgrace that is the VA. He is so wrapped up in himself that I think he truly believes he has calmed the voices of those who know what an injustice to those who put their lives on the line for us this is. Funny how he waited until a few days before Memorial Day. I bet he will not show up at the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns because he feels he has done his Memorial Day thing and he can go golfing. If he shows up, I think I’ll faint…

    • Katrina I think the things that chap my a$$ the most about Obama and all the other recent presidents … it’s difficult to explain. It reminds me of when Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees “… ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
      And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
      Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.”
      I say that because the various presidents are directly responsible for the deaths of multitudes of American service men and women and in my humble opinion the 9/11/2001 victims … yet they authorize the building of memorials, etc. and attend all the ceremonies. Makes me freaking sick!

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