“There's plenty of blame to go around - beginning with our do-nothing Congress that won't appropriate sufficient funds to provide the VA with the staffing and faciltiies that are needed for the heavy demand resulting from ten years of wars.”
jat49 on May 24, 2014 at 12:01:31
“Yes Congress had many chances to expand health care for veterans and as usual the g o p voted against it. Let's shine the light on that. I bet if these bills are allowed to come up again it will be different but only because the right has been outed on it.”
Shawn Swigart on May 24, 2014 at 11:38:20
“the VA budget has gone up every year, this is not about money it is about accountability and oversight.”
rockydog1 on May 24, 2014 at 11:21:57
“You are so correct on the do-nothing GOP controlled Con-gress”
JoeyDee2 on May 24, 2014 at 10:40:04
“Nothing will change until people stop re-electing these do-nothing Congress people.”
Wrightie on May 24, 2014 at 10:11:39
“90B in 2008 to 140B in 2014. The funds are there. The management of those funds not so much. Have you looked at the bonuses given out in the VA? Obama could not manage a Lemonade stand.”
stuth on May 24, 2014 at 09:12:16
“the VA's budget has expanded rapidly since 2001.
money isn't the problem. it's a failure of this sort of healthcare system”
“Laws could prevent people from doing the damage to the air, land and water that are vulnerable. Fort Myers is seeing environmental damage from the release of excess water from Lake Okeechobee into the Calahoosahatchee River that flows into the Gulf and dumps agricultural runoff damaging the beaches that rely on tourism.”
“The way I look at it - the GOP left Crist in favor of the ultra conservatives before Crist left the GOP. He was a good governor and I believe many moderate Republicans will vote for him rather than Rick Scott.”
JustPaula on May 7, 2014 at 14:04:08
“I agree. One can say he swItched because he could not win as a Republican, but if he couldn't win it is because the GOP moved way too far to the ultra-conservative right for a decent Republican like Crist to succeed. His party took off in a new direction that left Crist not comfortable enough to remain with them. I give him credit for not compromising his own values just to win a GOP seat.”
“You're dreaming if you think our elected representatives in the current Congress will decide anything other than naming a post office after someone.”
chas1356 on May 1, 2014 at 19:46:09
“Hi Louise.... The Congress (Senate and House) do not decide anything. That's not how the system works. Members vote on Bills that have been debated in Committee and released to the "Floor" for an up or down vote. When both Houses agree on Bill it is sent to the president for either approval or veto.
Currently there are about 8,000 Bills before the Congress, and only about 300 of them will become law. The president decides what will be law. The Congress merely writes the Bills for the president's consideration.
Since January 2009, the Congress has shamefully avoided its responsibility to "conduct the people's business". This malfeasance of responsibility cuts across party lines. The President has exacerbated the situation with his relationships with Congress.
In a mere 6 months the American people have the opportunity to toss out those Members who have shirked their responsibilities or acted contradictory to our great Constitution.”
“Social Security and Medicare are NOT handouts - we paid a portion of every paycheck we earned into them to ensure that we could support ourselves when our working days are over. Subsidies granted to corporations are the government handouts that need to be cut off.”
“No one believes the government should give everyone all the freebees you list, but as long as government subsidizes big corporations and corporate farming, they should rightfully expect those organizations to pay their way, to provide living wage for their workers, and be fair minded.”
“The policies people lost could drop you anytime, had low lifetime limits on coverage, could refuse to add children with a pre-existing condition to family coverage, and dropped college age students. The new coverage in many cases is better and cheaper.”
“Governor Crist saw to it that dishonest contractors who swarmed in after Hurricane Charley were exposed and in many cases lost their license to work in Florida. Crist was a moderate Republican but was abandoned by the ultra-conservatives who supported Marco Rubio. Crist is fair-minded and would be good for all segments of Florida's population.”
“Health care policies cover many things not everyone wants or used - if you don't approve of contraception, don't use it; it you don't want your gallbladder out, don't have it done; you may never need an appendectory or tonsillectomy, but IF you do, you are covered. It is up to the individual, not the employer, to decide which benefits to use.”
“I recall that when the movie with Julie Andrews came out, older folks didn't think it was as good as the original stage production with Mary Martin! Guess each generation has it's favorites - which is fine!”
Dec 5, 2013 at 18:20:22
“My granddaughter who directs fine arts (music in particular) at a high school in Portland OR took her choir to Europe two years ago and visited the Von Trapp estate in Salzburg. Julie Andrews has been her role model since she was a teenager in a small town high school in Wisconsin.”
“Blame the Congressional sequester. You would be even more critical if they did not observe Christmas at the White House. Reading many of the comments here I think there are a too many people with a Bah Humbug attitude. Set aside the politics for Christmas, OK?”