It must have been somewhere in the 1960’s that a TV program was all the rage – “The Weird, Weird, Weird World” though I am not sure how many “weirds” were in the title. My foggy memory tells me it starred the Smothers Brothers or Ernie Kovack or Steve Allen – take your pick. My point is that we could easily add another “weird” after the week past.
Congress, after years of underfunding VA hospitals for many years, discovered the obvious. The shortage of funding has led to a shortage of doctors. The number of injured (or maimed) people from Afghanistan and Iraq (the Bush Wars) have piled up and swamped the VA. Medical procedures get more complicated by the day. And so the do nothing Congress blamed Eric Shinseki and the President for their own failure. It seems to help to get the first lie in the battle.
Now politicians know it would be political suicide not to say things such as, “I support our brave men and women in the armed forces 1,000%” even though their support does not carry dollars. Dollars would mean taxes, thought by Congress to be a four letter word. I have heard these war hawks termed chicken hawks, and that deserves a bumper sticker. “Support your local Chicken Hawk!”
I wonder why no one refers to the U. S. Constitution regarding where responsibility truly lies. Article I, Section 7 reads as follows: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” And what about Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence (sic.) and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.” Is not the care of veterans a national debt?
The framers of the U. S. Constitution were very careful about limiting the powers of the President. Read Article II. The document was signed by Geo. Washington and Jms. Madison.
I guess coach did not cover that part of Civics 101. But why has the Fourth Estate not reminded the populous. How do Boehner and McConnell gather their great indignation over their own ineptitude?
I readily admit that the bureaucratic game of numerical sleight of hand should not have been played by the VA. Politicians are only people licensed to play that game.
I am just glad Maya Angelou does not have to listen to a Supreme Court that thinks that Jim Crow days are over and sees no reason to remove barriers that keep people from voting.
Should you require even more weirdness, consider Thomas Piketty’s Capital. You may have trouble finding it because it is flying off the shelves. Amazon has trouble keeping it is stock. The 1% will not like it. It seems as though those with capital are eating us up alive. Before long they may be chanting “Let them eat cake.” That line did not work well in 1789.
Yes, it is a Weird, Weird, Weird, and another Weird World. Now the first liar is the only one with a chance.
You will get a brief rest from my musings (or rantings) as I prepare to move from Lubbock to Katy, TX. I have a contract on my house!!!!!!!