To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to the column that appeared Thursday, May 22, written by Froma Harrop, a member of the progressive Providence (RI) Journal editorial board, on the subject of "Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list."
She is right when she says, "The theme is: government can't do anything right..." However, she then goes on and on defending big government, quoting none other than the only self-described socialist in either of the elective bodies of Congress, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont!
Heavy duty leftist commentators and editorial writers, like Paul Krugman, Nicholas Kristof, and Ezra Klein were apparently embarrassed beyond belief by their writings in recent months, carrying water for Obama, defending his handling of the chaos at the VA, when, within the past couple of days, members of Obama's own party have been critical of him on the floors of their respective houses of Congress, saying that he is acting "weak" and "indecisive" on the VA issue.
So, in response to all that, Obama came out Wednesday, May 21, and said that his deputy chief of staff is writing a report on the abuses at the VA, and he wants to wait till next month for that report to be completed before taking any corrective action, and meanwhile, there are still sick veterans waiting for care!
Just a word about the "secret lists" at the VA, for those who have not kept up with this unbelievably scandalous story. Federal employees in some agencies of government, including the VA, receive financial bonuses for achieving or exceeding certain incentive quotas, and one such quota at the VA is based on "wait times" — how long a patient has to wait to see a doctor. The maximum wait time allowed is 14 days. After 14 days the VA is required to give the veteran a referral to a doctor in the private sector.
At many of these Veterans hospitals, patients had to wait several months for treatment, and were never referred to outside doctors, and some of these vets died while waiting to have their first doctor visit! And instead of accurately recording how long people had to wait (as required by law), fake lists were kept that falsely showed good performance, so that those federal employees would continue to receive regular financial bonuses that are given out when people do excellent work. So basically, government employees were finding ways to greedily, and dishonestly, take additional money they didn't earn from the taxpayers, while veterans who sacrificed and fought for their country died for lack of care they earned bravely.
Even before he took office in 2009, Obama knew all about these issues at the VA, the long wait times for treatment, and the secret wait lists. He has made speeches about this every year for the last six years, so, of course he knew. He can't rationally deny it! He just had no intention of doing anything about it until... until it got so bad that reports began to surface that veterans were dying waiting for their first visit to see a doctor! That is disgusting! That is outrageous! That is criminal, and people should go to jail for it!
And of course, the reason this is so troubling for him and his legacy is, he knows that eventually that's how things will be for all of us under his "signature" legislation — "Obamacare" — in a few years. Progressives and left-wing radicals have always known things will become that way under Obamacare, but they didn't care. As long as big government is involved, they are hoping by then it will be so entrenched into the culture that it will be too late to repeal it. As long as they, the smartest people in the room, are in charge, that's all that matters.
These latest revelations about the quality of care at the VA should, no — must — change the debate regarding Obamacare. Average folks need to pay attention and get involved, before it's too late. Obamacare should never have become law. The federal government lied to us when they passed this monster, and they are still lying to us. Most of the 8 million they claim have signed up are on welfare already, and are going to get their health insurance free through state-funded Medicaid.
Medicare works fairly well because the private sector is involved at almost every point in the process. And every year seniors can change the plan they have, and make choices about their doctors, and generally are not restricted to certain hospitals. And they pay a monthly premium that is automatically deducted from their Social Security check. Veterans covered under the VA health system have no such choices. They are treated by doctors and nurses who are government employees, who are paid a civil-service salary, with little or no incentive to provide quality results. Why? Because they can't be fired for incompetence!
Of all the scandalous mess-ups associated with this "big-government" president (Fast and Furious illegal gun running to Mexican drug cartels; the cover-up of the aftermath of the murder of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi; the targeting and denying the rights of politically conservative groups by the IRS; the illegal eavesdropping of Fox News investigative reporters; the inability to construct a website for Obamacare), the VA health system "secret lists," and resulting deaths of veterans waiting for the government-run care they've earned, will have, by far, the most damaging effect on his legacy, in spite of the bias of the press to cover for him.
If we are to achieve the standard of excellence that our country's founders envisioned three centuries ago, we must admit that for the last 60 years, the country has been moving in the wrong direction, due largely to the "baby boomer" generation, and their progressive "worldview" of bigger government is better government.
A very positive first step would be to institute a voucher system into every government "entitlement" program, that, for example, would allow each citizen the choice of (1) where to send their children to school, or (2) what doctor to go to, whether civilian, eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, or veteran.
Thomas Jefferson said, "... the government is a necessary evil." And Ronald Reagan said, "... the government can't fix the problem, because the government IS the problem!"
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:59
To The Daily Sun,
At the Gilmanton town election in March, the voters approved an article providing for a lease/purchase of a new fire engine. Now we must again ratify this article because there was a procedural error in the order of the article in the warrant. Please vote again on June 12, or vote by absentee ballot. Voting is at the Academy Building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ballots are now available so you may go to the Town Clerk's office and vote at any time that the office is open. Request an absentee ballot by going to www.gilmantonnh.org or contact the Town Clerk at 267-6726.
Please make sure this procedural error does not interfere with public safety.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:55
To The Daily Sun,
It's sad to watch congressional Republicans continually showing us their usual insincere and hypocritical theater of the absurd. All — and I mean all — of those members of Congress who have been in DC many years know full well that the current exposed problems with the VA have been happening for decades, throughout many administrations. It bears repeating again and again: the GOP is only acting righteous now because President Obama is in the White House. Various bureaucratic boondoggles and outrages by some hospital administrators have existed in the VA over the years.
Where was Republican outrage when a Republican was president? What did they do to permanently fix the acute issues for our vets and to make sure these types of things were eliminated for good? One needs to ask the basic question; why now? The GOP has to find another hobby horse. Their Benghazi witch hunt is based on falsehoods and the more facts that come out the worse they look.
It's sad to say that in order for the GOP to look as if they are doing their jobs effectively, they will have to create another scandal to keep the spotlight OFF their total inaction and obstruction of our government, and of anything supported by our democratically elected president.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:10
To The Daily Sun,
The Obama administration is plagued with scandals. This is what happens when you elect a community organizer who is a student of Saul Alinsky and Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."
Benghazi and the cover up. Four dead Americans in Benghazi murdered by terrorists in a coordinated terror attack. A narrative was created by the Obama administration that the attack was a "protest gone awry over an anti Muslim YouTube video." The CIA knew within hours this was not the case. The video lie was concocted to protect Barack Obama weeks before the 2012 election.
The IRS targeted conservative groups in the lead up to the 2012 election. Recent freedom of information requests prove that Democrat Senator Carl Levin from Michigan coordinated with the IRS to target conservative and tea party groups. Mr. Levin recently announced his retirement from the United States senate after 36 years!
Now we have the VA scandal where falsified waiting lists have been kept in order to hide the true and disgraceful waiting lists that men and women who served in the United States military must face. Many veterans do not receive care in time and die. Barack Obama responded "that I am madder than hell over this problem." One problem, it's been revealed that this waiting list issue was brought to the attention of Barack Obama in 2008 during the transition period between the administrations. On a larger scale this is the type of health care that has come to America under Obamacare.
Jill Abramson, the now former executive editor at the New York Times, in an interview with Al Jazeera America, stated that the Obama administration is the "most secretive White House I have ever been involved in covering." Ms. Abramson has covered every White House since the great Ronald Reagan. Ms. Abramson was fired shortly after her interview from the New York Slimes. So much for the 2008 campaign promise of Barack Obama that his administration would be "the most transparent" in history.
What kind of a nation have we become? One that does not seek the truth. We are a nation that has politicians from both parties running around the nation talking about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. And we leave our military veterans on the sidelines, in thousands of cases we leave them to die. We had Americans in Benghazi, Libya, denied them additional security, made no effort to defend them and save them from terrorists, allowed them to be slaughtered, than the administration lies to the American people about the attack to protect the president during an election.
And since 1973, over 50 million little babies have been aborted. The Lord is surely shaking his head at what we have become as a nation.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:07
To The Daily Sun,
I decided to shop local and here's my experience:
Wanting to do something special for my fiancé's wedding band, (my mother offered to me her late father's band for us to use) we decided we would have one made. We were really fortunate to stop in at All My Life Jewelers where the team there told us they could incorporate the gold from my grandfather's wedding band into a ring for my fiancé. They even went along with my request to photograph each part of the process. We recently picked up the finished band and I couldn't be any happier with the result. We have the most beautiful band to treasure for years to come and, most importantly, they were able to turn a symbol of my grandparent's love for one another into a part of our union to come. Our entire family appreciates the photographs of the whole process and the care they took while crafting a beautiful band out of one of our family treasures.
This was truly an experience that was only possible because we decided to patronize a local store. I can never thank Randy, Sue and Ben Bullerwell enough for their beautiful artistry and wonderful sentiments throughout this creation!
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:02