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Michael Ramirez

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Funny how McCain never noticed his state had VA problems until Obama became president. Texas, Colorado and several other red states are the ones with the cheating administrators.

  2. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months ago

    “Your number is 8 million. Now serving number 4. Number 4? Number 4? It’s your turn, number 4…..”

    Pitiful. Unconscionable. Pay people so little they need food stamps, send them around the world with no mission other than to stay alive, and then ignore them when they return.

    And, to top it off, start a private vigilante army (Blackwater) with no rules, no accountability, and pay those people as much in one month as you pay your active duty military personnel in a year.

    A national embarrassment. Heads should start rolling any minute now. Mr. Obama, now is the time to show your (and our) displeasure. Please do not disappoint once again.

  3. 282Mikado

    282Mikado said, 6 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    Will you please get off your party horse and look at all the news and not just what feeds your GOP hating mantra?
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    The problem with the VA has been going on for decades and has been progressively getting worse. Both parties are to blame, just like both parties are to blame for most all of what is going wrong in America.
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    All you party people out there, face it, America has become a commode with two flush handles. One on the left, one on the right. Doesn’t matter which lever gets pulled, we’re still getting flushed. The only variable might be the speed of the swirl.

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    Universal government health care. Another example of why we shouldn’t want it.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 6 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    “Funny how McCain never noticed his state had VA problems until Obama became president. Texas, Colorado and several other red states are the ones with the cheating administrators”.

    What’s your point, this has been known for a couple of weeks at most? Yes there are issues with the VA just like Obamacare, and every thing else.

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 6 months ago

    Order more equipment; order the men and women back to a half-assed civilian life. Going to war sort of means never coming home.

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months ago

    @Enoki

    Any system can be made worthless if there is no responsibility, no oversight, and no accountability. This does not prove that any particular system cannot be valuable.

  8. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, 6 months ago

    I am a Vietnam era vet – Air Force.
    Problems with the VA medical have been going on for thirty years or more.

    The problem is this: If you set up a government agency, hire people to work in the agency, allow them to form a union and bargain for higher pay for doing nothing, and then never make them fully accountable for actually doing the job – to the point of sending them to jail for fraud – then you will have these problems.

    One of my assignments back in 1970, I was in AFLC (Air Force Logistics Command) in Hill AFB, Utah. The vast, vast majority of the workers were unionized civilians. I saw, again and again and again, these ‘workers’ spending less than 10% of their time actually doing their job and the rest of their time either standing around holding a coffee cup or planning and writing how much they needed five more employees to work under them to do the job … so they could be promoted to a manager position!

    And, get this, the approvals to hire more people came from other civilians in AFLC. No wonder the federal government bureaucracy is such a mess now.

    I have dozens of stories of ‘civil servant’ abuse in government.

    And, here we go again in the VA.

    We must, must, MUST get rid of unions in government sectors and make every employee accountable for their job. If we don’t, we will continue to have these problems.

  9. DGF999

    DGF999 said, 6 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    McCain was too busy trying to appease liberals to notice…

  10. disgustedamerican

    disgustedamerican said, 6 months ago

    Proof Positive that government controlled healthcare (or anything run by bureaucrats) has built-in prevention of serving the patients first in priority.
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    Solution:
    Repeal Obamacare. Put all Americans, civilians and veterans, into the private healthcare system. Give federal vouchers to the needy leave treatment up to the patients and their choices of doctors and providers.

  11. trm

    trm said, 6 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Exactly. And the VA experience (and practically everything else government touches) there is no ultimate responsibility, no oversight, and no accountability. It’s all driven by poliltical expediency.
    The VA experience demonstrates EXACTLY why most Americans don’t want government in charge of their health care.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months ago

    @trm

    I certainly understand that sentiment. The flipside of that coin, though, is that private insurance companies, while run mostly efficiently, have made health care unaffordable for anyone who isn’t terminally healthy. This will not change, and you cannot force change on them. Obamacare provides the insurance industry with a force-fed revenue stream, and it has responded by cancelling policies and re-routing people into glorified Medicaid plans which pay so little that few doctors participate in those plans.

    The US is the only industrialized country where you can lose your house because you get sick. Many people, whether they know it or not, are one heart attack away from being homeless. This is an untenable situation, and will not change as long as profit is the sole driving force behind decision-making.

    We can either give up on our government and watch our country slide into chaos and anarchy, or we can demand better. And that starts in the voting booth. If you have a better alternative, I’m all ears.

  13. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    That describes Big Government to a tee. It might be valuable someday but all the historical examples we have of it are miserable, hopeless, crushing failures.

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Sen. John McCain spends a lot of time throwing stones at President Barack Obama.

    On Wednesday McCain laid into the president over problems at veterans administration hospitals, including the one in Phoenix.

    After the president spoke publicly on the situation and what he is doing to deal with it McCain issued a statement that read:

    “While I am glad that after many weeks of refusing to acknowledge this widening scandal, President Obama finally saw fit to speak about it today, but his remarks are wholly insufficient in addressing the fundamental, systemic problems plaguing our veterans’ health care system… According to the latest reports, 26 VA facilities nationwide are now being investigated, and this administration’s ineffectual response has created a crisis of confidence in our veterans’ community. We need answers, leadership and accountability, none of which we’ve seen from the Obama Administration to date.”

    During his remarks President Obama acknowledged that the ultimate responsibility for problems at the VA rest with him, since the problem surfaced on his watch. He’s right.

    But is it not also McCain’s watch?

    Should not members of Congress display a little of that “leadership” and “accountability” McCain talked about?

    John McCain has been a U.S. Senator for a very, very long time. He has a strong connection to the military based on his own service and his time as a POW in Vietnam. He cares deeply about veterans and veterans issues.

    The crisis with the VA hospitals came to light because of problems in Phoenix — McCain’s home city.

    So is it fair to ask: Where was John McCain when these problems were developing?

    He’s a senior senator. He’s the state’s highest ranking federal official. He is deeply concerned with veterans issues. Should he or his staff have a strong connection to the local VA? Given that, does McCain feel as if HE bears any responsibility for not recognizing a problem?

    Should he?

    Or should members of Congress who represent communities where VA problems have surfaced bear no responsibility at all?

    And if so, why not?

    Serving their constituencies the most important job of elected officials.

    Are not veterans a key element of that constituency?

    I get the idea that the buck stops with the president. It should.

    But shouldn’t there be a few stops along the way with members of Congress?

    Should members of Congress have to explain why they or their staffs – who supposedly deal with constituents all the time – never picked up on the problems at the VA?

    Or do they just get to criticize and condemn?

    Are they without sin and, like McCain, get to do nothing but throw stones?
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    http://www.azcentral.com/story/ejmontini/2014/05/21/president-obama-senator-john-mccain-veterans-administration-va-hospital/9379599/

  15. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @282Mikado

    Mocking right wing hubris just comes natural to me and man they have a lot of it.

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