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They were Jubilant when conservatives controlled congress and the bush fired the General for being Honest, now their call is being picked up through one of the so called established Veterans organization the American Legion! All were praising the VA during that time, of total conservative control, even though extremely little was being done as the long ignored veterans issues were still being ignored while two more wars, and long occupations from, were being rubber stamped as to costs, still unpaid for, and these younger veterans were joining our veterans community seeking the commitment the Country promises and the Country waved flags, and other symbols, of that 'patriotic' commitment only, DeJa-Vu all over again! Their long want is to privatize government agencies for corporate profit, much more costly, and unregulated running of, just like their national security wars!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Just what the conservative, in this case the Always reactive and not proactive for us Vets, the legion. With their grossly over paid executives and similar ideology wants. Get rid of one that's Actually doing the job and in this case with help from the Entire Executive Cabinet, under funded but hired to do!

TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 -  "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!


Veterans Affairs rejects American Legion demands
May 6, 2014 - The American Legion called Monday for the resignations of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths at the veterans’ hospital in Phoenix.

Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger accused Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey of poor oversight and leadership failures.

“The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks,” Dellinger said during a news conference at the organization’s Indianapolis headquarters.

The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement rejecting the call for the resignations.   read more>>>

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: 'With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility' {two tax cuts, especially huge for the wealthy, with not a bit of guilt conscious for, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}


Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014


The Country Served that 'Talks the Talk', way too much and with symbols, especially the so called conservatives and that includes the veterans within those ranks, but very rarely 'Walks the Walk' especially through their representatives, federal and states!!

Let me refer you to this current rec diary by 'MiAtheistGal' as an example of where many of the problems in our government agencies come from. Bringing politics, especially in the Veterans Administration, into the work place. It only takes a few, politics and not professionalism, to make or cause major and very costly problems, if those few are so inclined, with no concern as to the victims of. As the Conservative mentality, especially in congressional hearings, is not to do what they pledge and are hired to, but to attack all the civil servants as they still seek that privatization for corporate profit and corporate feeding from the public treasury!!

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013
WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 11:14:56 AM PDT

  •  Much as I'm opposed to doing anything.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the American Legion wants, I'm open to the idea of canning Shinseki.  Where's the evidence that the VA is working better than if a group of sociopaths were running it?

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Tue May 06, 2014 at 11:40:44 AM PDT

    •  Well rich, (0+ / 0-)

      Up to your usual stupidity and not minding showing it, you should maybe Pay Attention to not only what's been going on in the VA under Shinseki, under funded VA that you and those like really like, but the rest of the cabinet agencies while your beloved obstructionists maintain their no ideologies but destruction!!!!!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 11:57:54 AM PDT

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      •  Look, if this is about me and you... (0+ / 0-)

        ...then it won't be pretty.  What's the case that Shinseki has done a good job? I didn't get it in the diary and I sure didn't get it in your comment.

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:09:45 PM PDT

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        •  I suggest, you certainly don't do, (0+ / 0-)


          Is while sitting there doing nothing but the obvious reactionary, teabag, remarks, you research the VA and all that hasn't been done under conservative administrations along with congressional reps for decades now!

          The only other time someone tried to build the VA into what the Country should have long ago, instead ignoring the issues especially from our wars which you obviously liked so you didn't pay, was under Cleland. But he was blocked on almost every move by that conservative ideology coming from congresses then. And he didn't have the whole Clinton admin behind him, though we also didn't have rubber stamped on the credit card wars of choice so you could wave your flag at, like this Administration has been doing since day one!!!

          You show your colors son, and again, don't seem to mind carrying that uncivil rhetoric in the no longer civil society, but follow the meme's that please you!!!!

          "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

          by jimstaro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:18:35 PM PDT

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        •  Now (0+ / 0-)

          Go play where you're more comfortable, the kids are waiting for ya in the sandbox!!

          "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

          by jimstaro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:19:31 PM PDT

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          •  I think it's nuts that someone would advocate... (0+ / 0-)

            ...for veterans by blindly supporting a VA and Secretary that are so obviously failing those veterans.  And you can call me all the names you want, because you always have and it hasn't impacted my quality of life.  I wish I knew what the hell your problem was, though.

            It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

            by Rich in PA on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:26:31 PM PDT

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        •  There is No 'me and you' (0+ / 0-)

          You're a putz that doen't mind showing it nor how little you pay attention to what you're trying to cause arguement about!!!

          But you're right, it won't be 'pretty', you've already shown that every time I see a comment by you as you seem to be getting your gratifications cared for by traveling on this board, probably others, and commenting.

          Now get that hand out of the lower lap!!!!!!!!!!!

          "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

          by jimstaro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:39:43 PM PDT

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      •  jimstaro: right you are (0+ / 0-)

        Shinseki didn't go to Hogwarts either, and expecting him to be everywhere at once is perhaps asking too much. He did take action on the Phoenix matter.

        Rich in PA:
        What are YOU personally doing to help the issue? Yapping on a website? If that's all you've got no call to ask for Shinseki's firing.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Wed May 07, 2014 at 04:40:04 PM PDT

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  •  american leg (0+ / 0-)

    in the 30's they endorsed the american nazi party for president.  they have not changed. maybe if they had served in combat they might think diffrently

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