(b) Presidential Determination.--In connection with the exercise of
the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President
shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible,
but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make
available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the
President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that--
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or
other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately
protect the national security of the United States against the
continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to
enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions regarding Iraq;
Here Bush simply lied. The UN had acted. Inspectors were back in Iraq... and they were finding evidence that Saddam's WMDs had been destroyed back in 1991.”
Landfall on Jun 2, 2014 at 17:02:58
“Many didn't vote for the war, conditions or no conditions.”
“I got it from the link you sent me. Go there and click on Current Fiscal Year Budget Submission. Then click the Fast Facts VA Budget Highlights. There you will find VA's historical perspective broken down by year in yellow. Also on that same page is the 2015 Appropriations Highlights for 2015. Medical care will be 59.1B. Health care costs have slowed down but that doesn't mean they aren't still increasing.”
“From your own link, total VA spending for this year is $153.8 B.
Taking the $58.5 B from 2000, a 100% increase would be $117 B. Adding the additional $36.8 B to the $117 B that equals $153.8 B comes no where near a 276% increase.
Spending: In general, slightly more than 40 percent of the VA’s annual budgets went toward medical care between 2000 and 2013, although the percentage dipped last year (2012) to 38 percent of the VA’s $139 billion budget for benefits and services.
Medical visits have increased 23% for "outpatient visits". That does not include hospital stays, surgeries, etc. Again, you also need to include the rising heath care costs.”
DrinkerOfTheRye on Jun 1, 2014 at 07:44:17
“I don't know where you got the figure $153.8B. Last year's budget was $140.3B and this years is $161.4B, a 276% increase over $58.5. "Rising health care costs", no way, you haven't been watching the news, ACA bent that cost curve.”
“I don't know where you get your info. The total VA budget has increased 200% and that averages out to be less than a 10% increase per year since 2000. Also, where did you get your info that the vet population has dropped over 6 million? The VA budget covers a variety of benefits for the veterans, not just health care. You should also take into consideration the cost increases for healthcare since 2000.”
DrinkerOfTheRye on May 31, 2014 at 14:05:58
“In 2000, the VA budget was $58.5B. This year it is $161.4B or a 276% increase.
Next year, the President has asked for $163.9B, a 280% increase from 2000.
The US Census reported a drop of 4 Million vets between 2000 and 2010, approximately 26.4 million, in 2010, it was 4 million less at 22.4 million. Today the vet population is estimated at 21 million, because the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam era Vet receiving services are dying faster than current service members become vets.
Th VA has reported that between 2009 and now, medical visits have increased by 23% since 2008. In 2008, their budget was $96B, they have had a budget increase of 59.4% to cover an increase of 23% in medical visits.”
“It is a congressional reform bill that was blocked by the gop.
Please cite which VA hospitals, clinics have little use,,,,”
DrinkerOfTheRye on May 31, 2014 at 14:19:29
“There are several GAO reports that found underutilized veterans centers built in the Northeast and Midwest decades ago when veterans were clustered there before they retired to the Sunbelt. Newer vets, post draft era also disproportionately come from and return to the West and the South.”
“That's not a reform and they weren't included in the Presidents 2015 VA Budget request submitted to Congress last March. The VA has 151 hospitals and 820 clinics, many have little use now because the vet population is centered in different geography than when many of these were built. A reform would be to close or decrease the size of underutilized fa cities to place more resource in overused areas. Another reform would be to partner with DoD hospital and clinics and TriCare in high density areas.
Isn't Mom cute?”
marinemomof3 on May 31, 2014 at 10:44:25
“'Drinker' is NOT the sharpest knife in the draw.”
“Hillary didn't think it was a secret since she informed the magazine where she was going. The President has a log of his "public" schedule. This was a private, informal lunch. Yes, President 44 and most likely President 45 having lunch is important. Although some are clearly trying to make it into "lunchgate".
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, People’s Washington bureau chief, who interviewed the former secretary of state Thursday at her Washington home, told the Loop in an e-mail that People was going to retweet (they since have) the image clarifying that it was a “lunch” with Obama, not a “meeting.”
When she and Clinton parted, Clinton – whose book about her State Department years comes out June 10 – told Westfall she was off to dine with the president.
Westfall says the White House did not contact her to take down the tweet, and she was the one who asked People’s social media team to clarify what Clinton was doing there.
Specifying that it was a lunch denotes a more intimate event. After the initial tweet was out, the White House confirmed the non-meeting meeting. “The president enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon,” an official said.”
maigesheng on May 30, 2014 at 11:22:33
“Ok. Now a meeting is no longer a meeting when we call it lunch. Got it. Im sure they just stated at their food. No discussion of politics whatsoever.
“And it it were that big a secret Hilary would never have told the woman who tweeted this "alarming" event that she was meeting with the President... Unless this is the Hilary with brain damage 'because the Hilary who masterminded the "Bengazi coverup"would never have blurted out such sensitive informtion”
maigesheng on May 30, 2014 at 01:33:42
“Not a great point at all....
The meeting was ATTEMPTED to be held in secret. The President has a public log of his actions, because he is the number one most accountable public official in the world.
He had a HIGH LEVEL meeting with a HIGH LEVEL politician, at the number one most HIGH LEVEL location in the world. And he kept it off record.
And when one news agency reported it, they immediately deleted, suggesting that there was pressure to delete.
Anyone who does not thing that this meeting was important is totally naive and has zero understanding of political affairs.”
“You relate thinking with what you hear in the media? Try doing some research and learn for yourself. You could start with his list of accomplishments with citations. Then check out the 400 out of 500 campaign promises that he's been able to complete in spite of McConnell and friends sole focus. I doubt you will, but how can you possibly be a thinking person without the full picture?”
“Romney took the nuclear arms reduction negotiations and tried to exploit them.
Putin even thanked Romney for reminding him that these negotiations may not be in their best interests if a president came into office with a different agenda.”
“The veteran's groups have fought this idea and for good reason. They have a higher satisfaction rate with VA health care than with private providers and fear rising costs.
Inadequate vouchers that will become even more so over time is not the answer.”
“Do you really expect any president to know everything happening until it is brought to light? He not only deals with what happens in our country but also in the rest of the world. Again, until we have a psychic president, that just isn't going to happen. Just because the President waited three weeks to do a news conference doesn't mean he wasn't working on it or doing anything about it. Watch it and see for yourself.
Can you really say his foreign policy is not the best way for us to proceed?”
“No, it doesn't imply anything of the sort. Not knowing about these "specific allegations" does not equal not knowing anything. He's not psychic.”
Sandman911 on May 28, 2014 at 11:44:33
“How many times has he said it now ? 5-6 ? Answer the question, does he truly not know ? or does he know, but wants to wait and find out which way the political wind is blowing before responding ? Heck, Obama waited three weeks to form an opinion over the VA scandal for crying out loud.”