Mar 12, 2009


I know I'm not the only one who remembers hearing for years about how President Bush wasn't doing enough for veterans and how his support to the VA was lacking. I also remember that same claim made about John McCain on the campaign trail. A quick Googling of "Bush, Veterans Administration" and "McCain, Veterans Administration" bears out my memories with story after story about their supposed inaction and overall loathing of the VA.

So what happens when the new POTUS is subjected to the same Googling? Story after story about getting some of that Change and all the sweet love that will rain down on the VA... which don't square with THIS at all, now does it?
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. …

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”
Well I guess if that's what it takes to be patriotic, we just oughta suck it up and get on board then...

Pop quiz time. Whaddya think: will it be (a) mass accusations and venom directed at Mr Obama, (b) a public statement from the administration saying Shinseki "misspoke," or (c) the good retired General being the next one to get a look at the undercarriage of 'Greyhound One'? Or we could always go with (d) "none of the above."

UPDATE: And the hits just keep on comin'. That's just about as freakin' classy as ya can get, idn't it?

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