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  •  Shinseki is a war hero. He did a bad job carrying (4+ / 0-)

    through the President's original campaign promise to reform the VA.  I wonder how he could have done better, given that today's meeting was only the second one on one meeting he has had with the President since he took office. You can look that one up.  

    If reforming the VA was really a priority for the President, he would have done something when he had control of Congress.   He did nothing.    

    Now, he throws a war hero under the bus, instead of asking him what he needs to complete the mission the President promised he would undertake.   That's what he should have done, and taken the heat for not supporting the mission.

    Do I think my post was justified?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  I believe that the President thinks that giving the wolves some red meat to chew on a Friday will take some of the heat off of his office.  

    It won't.  

    This is a major problem that must be addressed.   There is a VA hospital in every state, so every member of Congress will be on this during the coming election cycle, and veterans come in Red and Blue.  And they vote.  

    If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

    by SpamNunn on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:11:44 AM PDT

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    •  Just another excuse to scream bloody murder (0+ / 0-)

      at Obama. If you seriously believe that Obama or Shinseki
      were behind this you are nuts.
      What about the Sequester and massively underfunding the entire government by GOP?
      That too must be Obama's fault. Why won't he lead.

    •  I agree completely (2+ / 0-)
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      It's politics, Obama's specialty. And politics can't hurt him now. So we're seeing the 'real' Obama--the one who met with Shinseki TWICE. Oy.

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:34:05 AM PDT

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    •  You mean for the 4 MONTHS he had 60 votes (0+ / 0-)

      in the Senate which included such deficit hawks as Blanche Lincoln and Max Baucus?  Because that is the sum total of the time he had "control of the congress" due to the delay in Al Franken getting seated and Teddy Kennedy passing.  During that time the economy was in free fall and he was trying to get health reform passed.  

      As for Shinseki's resignation, forced or not, I am on the fence about it.  On one hand I can see giving him the chance to clean up the mess.  On the other sometimes a fresh start is needed.  See Target.  It certainly wasn't the CEO's fault there was a massive security breach but both the CEO and the CIO left in order to give Target a chance to move forward without that baggage.  

      •  He managed to get the ACA passed then, didn't he? (1+ / 0-)
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        Not exactly "free fall economy-centric" legislation.  

        That still does not make the Republicans responsible for the VA lying about the problem, instead of screaming to get it fixed.  The onus is on the VA and the President for that.

        If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

        by SpamNunn on Fri May 30, 2014 at 02:17:45 PM PDT

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        •  I disagree. To me HC reform is at its heart (0+ / 0-)

          economic legislation.  So, to me, it was "free  fall" legislation in my estimation.  Also where did I say that the Republicans are responsible for the cover up?  I did not so kindly do not make  completely unfounded assumptions.

          In fact I said I was on the fence about Shinseki resigning because I do think as head of the VA the responsibility lies with him, more than anyone, for the cover-up.  

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