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As a disabled vet, I'm dependent upon the VA for my healthcare and I personally have no complaints. That said, I also use the facilities in Washington, DC where I believe scrutiny is the highest and the issues are less likely. Shinseki should do the honorable thing and announce his resignation within two weeks and on the way out publicize the problems that he saw but couldn't fix. My guess is that its the bloated bureaucracy and the bonus payments tied to elements that if not met directly impact the delivery of healthcare to veterans.
I may be wrong but I think select committees have to freedom to determine their own rules that may differ from the standing committees' rules.
"Conservatives better wake up. If they think they are going to coast in this election." Exactly right; that's why we're in the mess we're in today. Everyone "just knew" that Obama was going to get defeated. Everybody who has a dog in this hunt has to show up and vote this time and not just "know" what's going to happen; otherwise, we get what we deserve. I do believe independents will come out - if Republicans (of all kinds) come out then we can extend the house majority and take the Senate. Then I just hope we're smart enough to take the right actions to ensure we get the Oval Office in 2016.
And therein lies the rub. Unless there is funding tied to the unraveling a number of community, not-for-profit hospitals will be hurt. This begs for the old Laurel and Hardy line : it's ANOTHER fine mess you've gotten us into....!"
One can only hope and pray you are right,
The direction ought to be a gradual move to a flat tax, pure and simple. Another option could be a low value-added tax but in either case we need to totally overhaul the taxation in this country.
The reality is that the program has a worthy cause but little or no accountability. Audit it, determine what the problems are, and hold the folks that screwed it up accountable ( and I include jail-time as a VERY appropriate form of accountability). Then make sure that in the future it does what it is supposed to do. To do otherwise is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
...can't degenerate...
We can't let the midterms go by and NOT win the Senate. Clinton was forced to the center with the results of the '96 elections. Obama can be forced to the center if the Senate can be taken in November. But the GOP can degenerate into a "fight every battle" and lose site of the war. I get extremely weary about the comments made about "RINOs." Like everything else in life, politics are on a continuum. The Tea Party HAS to realize the same thing that moderate Republicans have to realize - NOT EVERYBODY agrees with them. But there does need to be a general consensus of the best path forward. To make progress we can't fight every battle. The war will be lost by the opposition flanking us while we fight everything.
Nothing that had any teeth to it was going to get through the Senate with Harry Reid in charge - NOTHING. The battle would have been lost and the take-away would have been "those obstructionist Republicans are at it again." We have to consolidate and unify and the fight over whose ox to gore (Keystone or Obamacare) was going to do neither.
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