Kurt  Schlichter

Happy Memorial Day. Sadly, many in Washington seem committed to pushing policies that will ensure that there will be plenty of deceased veterans to memorialize.

The bureaucrats infesting the VA system, that mindless, bloated golem of socialized medicine, have come up with a unique way of hiding their utter inability to perform their most basic tasks. They simply leave patients off the official treatment lists so they can avoid disclosing the endless delays in getting basic services our war heroes endure. And for some of these vets, these eternal waits for medical care become eternal rests.

But hey, the bureaucrats still get their bonuses. Unless they get caught. Then the VA Secretary gets really, really mad. Mostly, it seems, about them getting caught.

These government flunkies aren’t even competent at pulling off incompetence.

The vets trapped in the VA system are showing us all what the single payer future the liberals fetishize over will be like. If the government bureaucrats will let the veterans who the politicians need as campaign props drop dead, what chance have you got?

Naturally, the VA has been praised by warrior-scholars like Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman as a shining example of can-do government success. Of course, the only vet a guy like Ezra Klein knows is the one who gives his poodle her distemper shot. As for Krugman, he hasn’t been so wrong since he was shilling for Enron – no mean feat for that malignant hack.

And then there’s Eric Shinseki. In the Army I served in, a leader is responsible for everything his unit does or fails to do. If you don’t measure up and don’t display the character to resign, you get fired. Apparently, Shinseki served in a different Army.

This VA scandal came under his watch. This is a systemic failure, not an isolated instance of wrongdoing. People he was responsible for are dead because his organization failed again and again and again. Yet he hangs onto his job instead of taking personal responsibility.

It’s embarrassing. I wish it was surprising. What a disgrace.

Washington doesn’t discriminate when it comes to policies that will inevitably lead to more dead warriors. Many of our politicians are happy to put our serving warriors at risk too.

When it comes to cuts, the first on the chopping block is inevitably military readiness. It’s the fat that gets retained – the lazy legions of do-nothing civilians, the politicians’ cronies’ pet projects, and the fashionable fads always survive. They cut the things that keep our fighters alive.


Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.