Well, it’s not Fox half-wit Pete Hegseth (cf. four posts down on this page), at least not yet, but it is someone similarly unqualified by any valid standard – though highly skilled at smooching Donald Trump’s butt.
President Trump has chosen his doctor, Ronny Jackson—the man who went on TV to publicly affirm that the president’s brain is not a bowl of rotting peas—to be his new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. And now, we have confirmation from an anonymous White House official that Jackson got the job in part because of just how well he went on TV and said yes, the president’s brain is good.
According to CNN, “Trump liked the way Jackson handled himself with reporters” when he gave a press conference on the results of the president’s physical, which included his insistence that the president is NOT obese and that his brain is NOT falling apart like a cake left in the rain, but instead is Normal. At the press conference, Jackson said he had “no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.”
Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin used an op-ed late Wednesday to blast “the environment in Washington” that “has turned so toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive that it became impossible for me to accomplish the important work” of his job.
Looking at what came up when I did an online search right now, corporate media is generally spinning this as being mostly about a pricey jaunt Shulkin took on the taxpayers’ dime. In other words, they’re largely downplaying the reality, which is that Shulkin is gone because he was seen as an obstacle to the greedheads’ plans to start strip-mining veterans’ medical care for profit, ASAP.
The bastards are not going to give up.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has long been the subject of aggressive privatization efforts. However, veteran organizers say the fate of the program, drowning in fresh scandals under embattled Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, has never been in more danger than it is now.
The efforts to outsource veterans care are waged by the Koch brothers and their front group Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), among other advocates of privatization. The group held a press conference to discuss its privatization efforts — which they like to call “choice” — on Friday in DC. Should they succeed in their goals, it will have consequences not only for veterans, but also for the broader movement for a public system like Medicare for All. The VHA is the only truly public, fully integrated health system in the US. The attacks against it aim to undermine public support for government-run care.
A name that is popping up a lot, to take over and then deliberately wreck the VA, is that of prominent Fox News idiot Pete Hegseth. He’s from Minnesota, and ran for US Senate here in 2012, but lost the Republican endorsement to Kurt Bills. Who Sen. Amy Klobuchar then wiped out by about 30.
Hegseth has been described as “like a FOX funded throbbing hemorrhoid causing undue pain on the body politic.” He was considered for the job last year, but ferociously righteous opposition from veterans groups torpedoed it that time. So we’ll see.
Believe it or not, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) actually could leave some elements of a positive legacy, in what remains of his final term in Congress. Starting with some veterans issues.
The obvious question then is : What part does John Kline play as his time in the House runs out ?
As a veteran, there are some issues that need to be on his To-Do list:
H.R. 3988: Military and Veterans Education Protection Act which has been assigned to Chairman Kline’s committee. This bipartisan legislation would close a loophole that allows For-Profit schools to avoid having to secure at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources…
H.R. 1603: Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act is a bipartisan bill designed to address military sexual trauma survivors who face bureaucratic red-tape that often gets in the way of their seeking treatment from qualified, experienced providers outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and TRICARE. The Military SAVE Act would give these survivors the option to seek reimbursable care from non-VA/TRICARE medical providers who can best provide the care these victims need…
A bipartisan group of 46 members, led by Tim Walz, have offered H.R.3423: Agent Orange Extension Act of 2015 to reinstate it for two more years. Further, John Katko (R-NY-24) and Collin Peterson have teamed up to offer H.R.3547 – Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act…
ToDo List: Congressman Wenstrup has offered H.R.475 – GI Bill Processing Improvement Act of 2015 … Chairman John Kline needs to save the taxpayers some money and co-sponsor this legislation that will limit private schools to a $20,235 cap.
(MN Political Roundtable)
Also, Kline and everyone else in Congress should note: “New bi-partisan poll of veterans shows they oppose privatization or voucherization of VA care.” The polling was commissioned by the Vet Voice Foundation.
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