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You’ll remember this post a few days ago where I wrote that it’s inconcievable that John Murtha who practically lived at Walter Reed could have not known about the conditions there. It’s virtual impossibility unless – *cough* – he never really went there as much as he said.
The point is that Democrats are playing this up as a problem that just popped up during the Bush administration. But on the Imus Show on Friday, Don had on Senator Chuck Schumer and nuked him in place on his hypocrisy.
“Imus: Have you been aware, even since 1981, of the state of treatment that veterans have been receiving throughout the Veterans Administration hospitals?
Schumer: Yes, it‚Äôs gotten much worse in the last seven or eight years because the funding was just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut. I get stories all the time of veterans wounded in Iraq, they get good treatment over in Iraq . . . The Veterans Administration has just been decimated in terms of funding and it‚Äôs unbelievable because . . . we ask these people to serve us and in the DoD part, at least in Iraq, and initially when they are wounded from all reports they are treated well, after that they are just sort of forgotten about and the VA is just in terrible shape, terrible shape . . . It‚Äôs a little like FEMA with Katrina. They put the wrong people in charge. They don‚Äôt really care.
Imus: Senator Schumer, you‚Äôre not suggesting to me that this is something that just happened under the Bush administration. This has been going on since Korea, since the second world war.
Schumer: It‚Äôs been going on for a while, but what happened with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is that the system got completely overloaded and it really broke down.
Imus: We‚Äôve known for years, certainly since 1981, that the care and the way that these veterans have been treated to a large degree, not because it‚Äôs the people‚Äôs fault ‚Äî most of them, the doctors and nurses particularly at the Veterans Administration ‚Äî but for a variety of reasons, in many cases, their treatment and care has been woefully inadequate.
The bureaucratic red tape has been a nightmare for a lot of these people, and that‚Äôs been going on for years, and my question is why haven‚Äôt any of you ever done anything about it?
Schumer: Well, we‚Äôve tried. I‚Äôve been fighting since I got to the Senate for full funding for the veterans, and we didn‚Äôt do any oversight. That‚Äôs the real problem here . . . I‚Äôll tell you one other thing that will happen. We‚Äôll get full funding for the VA this year, for the first time. We did actually, to show you a little bit that this isn‚Äôt just catching up to the crisis, we did a budget in early January . . .
Imus: Let me interrupt you for a second, but this is nonsense, Senator Schumer. I want to be respectful, but you can‚Äôt possibly be serious and suggest ‚Äî I mean I‚Äôm not a fool. You can‚Äôt suggest to me that because the Democrats are now in power that something is going to be done about Walter Reed and about the mess in the Veterans Administration and all of this, and that if the Democrats hadn‚Äôt taken control of Congress that nothing would have been done. That‚Äôs preposterous; of course it would have.
Schumer: Well, something would have been done if the story would have gotten out . . .
Imus: Here‚Äôs another question. Have you ever been over to Walter Reed?
Schumer: Ahh, not in a while, no.
Imus: How long has it been since you‚Äôve been over there?
Schumer: Oh, before Iraq.
Imus: So, before Iraq since you‚Äôve been over to see the soldiers. So, we have elected you ‚Äî first in the Congress and now in the Senate ‚Äî and you‚Äôve got a bill now to do something we‚Äôll get to in a minute; but you haven‚Äôt even been to Walter Reed Hospital.”
There is more in the interview and I will cover this on the MacRanger Show today. But it shows the hypocrisy and the lack of honesty and character Democrats have when they would use the pain of soldiers only to gain political points.
UPDATE: Here is the video:
The Commander in Chief at Work!
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