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VA Mental Health Care Delays, Staff Shortages, Plague Veterans

VA Mental Health Care Delays, Staff Shortages, Plague Veterans

Commented May 24, 2014 at 08:48:21 in Politics

“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”

engineer 15 on May 24, 2014 at 09:11:07

“but the VA can spent 500 million 0n furniture”

RMIrby672 on May 24, 2014 at 09:02:53

“Agreed.”
Reince Priebus Says Hillary Clinton's Health -- And Age -- Are 'Fair Game'

Reince Priebus Says Hillary Clinton's Health -- And Age -- Are 'Fair Game'

Commented May 18, 2014 at 15:36:24 in Politics

“Priebus and Rove have demonstrated how desperate the GOP has become - the more they have to say, the worse it is for the GOP.”

omobob on May 18, 2014 at 16:50:15

“> the more they have to say, the worse it is for the GOP. lol. Truth. faved. Have a great week.”
Marco Rubio: I Don't Believe Humans Are Causing Climate Change

Marco Rubio: I Don't Believe Humans Are Causing Climate Change

Commented May 11, 2014 at 15:53:50 in Politics

“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.”
Charlie Crist: 'Intolerable' Racism Is A 'Big Reason' Why I Left The GOP

Charlie Crist: 'Intolerable' Racism Is A 'Big Reason' Why I Left The GOP

Commented May 6, 2014 at 20:00:36 in Politics

“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.”
White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

Commented May 2, 2014 at 14:18:17 in Politics

“I disagree that the Congress "merely writes the Bills for the president's consideration".
Both houses of Congress have to vote and approve bills before they go to the President.”
White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

Commented May 1, 2014 at 18:20:35 in Politics

“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.”
White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

White House Ducks Questions On Biden's Openness To Executive Action On LGBT Discrimination

Commented May 1, 2014 at 18:17:16 in Politics

“There's not much other choice when you have a Congress that won't take action.”
Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 15:34:36 in Politics

“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.”
Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 15:27:21 in Politics

“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.”
Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare

Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare

Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 12:15:56 in Politics

“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.”
Charlie Crist Interrupts Lt. Gov. Bashing Him To Reporters

Charlie Crist Interrupts Lt. Gov. Bashing Him To Reporters

Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 14:17:23 in Politics

“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.”
Hobby Lobby Invests In Abortion Pill Manufacturers

Hobby Lobby Invests In Abortion Pill Manufacturers

Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 14:43:06 in Politics

“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.”
'The Sound Of Music Live' Isn't Without Flaws, But Carrie Underwood Was Entertaining (VIDEO)

'The Sound Of Music Live' Isn't Without Flaws, But Carrie Underwood Was Entertaining (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 19:46:29 in TV

“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!”
Jon Stewart Can Hardly Believe What This Fox Host Said About The Pope

Jon Stewart Can Hardly Believe What This Fox Host Said About The Pope

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:25:43 in Comedy

“They don't seem to realize that receiving a living wage would remove so many people from government aid programs that tax reductions would become a possibility.”
'The Sound Of Music Live' Isn't Without Flaws, But Carrie Underwood Was Entertaining (VIDEO)

'The Sound Of Music Live' Isn't Without Flaws, But Carrie Underwood Was Entertaining (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:16:31 in TV

“Julie Andrews is beloved by my generation, but each generation has its own favorites, and Carrie Underwood belongs to the current young adult generation.”

Ainsaade on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:28:13

“Maybe so. I'm just saying they're not of equal talent. Julie Andrews was one of my idols, so I'd probably be hard-pressed to find anyone I like as much as her.”
Rick Santorum: Nelson Mandela Fought 'Great Injustice,' Just Like Republicans Are Battling Obamacare

Rick Santorum: Nelson Mandela Fought 'Great Injustice,' Just Like Republicans Are Battling Obamacare

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:00:16 in Politics

“I put him in the same category as Sarah Palin - they're two of a kind.”
Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 18:37:57 in Politics

“KY had hundreds of thousands of people with no health insurance before their Governor had the wisdom to check the facts and establish an exchange in his state to enable them to get coverage.”
This Is What Happened To The Original 'Sound Of Music' Cast

This Is What Happened To The Original 'Sound Of Music' Cast

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 18:20:22 in Entertainment

“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.”
Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 18:06:19 in Politics

“Comparing the ACA to slavery.”

SMBrown2 on Dec 5, 2013 at 21:45:33

“I don't see her saying that in this article. Anything else?”
Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:38:34 in Politics

“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?”
Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:34:20 in Politics

“If you read the article you would know that hundreds of people will see the decorations either as guests at the many receptions or on tours of the White House.”
Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:29:29 in Politics

“That's a pretty snobbish remark!”

justplayinkoi on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:08:09

“It was on the mark!”
Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:00:49 in Politics

“Corporate slave masters who pay slave wages are the first to condemn those workers who need government aid to survive - who is guilty of hypocrisy here?”
Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 12:54:59 in Politics

“Somebody has to call out people who make ridiculous uncalled for statements not based on facts.”
Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Sarah Palin On Martin Bashir's Resignation: 'My Role Is To Accept His Apology' And 'Move On'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 12:52:07 in Politics

“When was anything she ever says not controversial? She thrives on saying ridiculous things.”

SMBrown2 on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:02:21

“Ok. What did you find controversial about her statement?”
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