This is now the third piece I’ve written on Bernie Sanders and his asinine response to the Veterans Affairs scandal (here was yesterday’s), so it’s becoming increasingly pointless to continue rehashing the same points. Suffice to say, there should be no doubt now whatsoever that Vermont’s most famous Socialist is doing everything in his power to try and cover up/mitigate/spin the scandal, so as not to be personally damaged by it, due to his chairmanship on the Veterans Affairs Committee.
“The truth is that once people get into the VA system, the care that they are getting is pretty high quality,” proclaims Bernie in this latest interview. How does he know? Because he’s apparently talked to “most veterans” around the country. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, predictably, gives him cover to get away with saying that, and in fact repeats the sentiment moments later.
Don’t you just hate it when you have a problem, and the person tasked with fixing it would rather try and convince you that it’s not really a problem than to actually have to solve it? It’s like that lame old joke about the guy who goes to the doctor and says “it hurts when I do this,” so the doctor responds, “then don’t do this.” Only this isn’t a joke; veterans are dying. But Bernie’s #1 priority is self-preservation, and if that means pretending like everything is just hunky-dory at the VA, the man has no shame.
Even if the VA is doing some things correctly, it really serves no one to give them the benefit of the doubt as an initial–and, in this case, repeated–response. Let’s bring all of the dirty laundry to the surface first so we can sort through it properly. We may not have to throw away every piece of soiled underwear, but at least by seeing it all, we’ll know what’s salvageable.
Side note: I don’t know what it is about Bernie that immediately brings to mind dirty undies, but I promise I’ll get that checked out as soon as I can…you know, vis-à-vis my Obamacare-approved therapist.
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