With all the focus on the elections in early November please remember the sacrifices of the men and women who make that day possible.
Congress made November 11th a day to remember Veterans then promptly forgot to hold the people responsible for their care accountable. The backlog of unresolved cases at the VA is higher than at any time in history. Hold both parties responsible for this national tragedy – not just on election day but every day.
“Vets are dying while waiting for the VA to do this job,” Theodore Jarvi, past president of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, told the subcommittee.”
Backlogged claims from veterans are now over 1 million.
These are your Fathers and Mothers. Brothers and Sisters. Uncles and Aunts. Sons and Daughters. Nephews and Nieces.
These are the people who answered their countries call.
It is time for our country to stop wasting money on pottery classes for foreign countries and stepping up to the plate to pay the debt we owe to our veteran community. This should be one of our highest obligations.
Moroccan Pottery, Obamaphones, and Gaydar: How the Government Wasted Your Money This Year Senator Tom Coburn released the Wastebook 2012 [PDF] today detailing the 100 most egregious wastes of taxpayer money. The two hundred page report details waste in all manner of federal spending – from multi-billion dollar programs all the way down to a $300 grant to a small-town library for a Star Wars-themed event. It’s emblematic of the waste found everywhere in the federal budget.
Coburn details a $27 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program for pottery classes in Morocco. The program, which has a questionable premise in the first place, was doomed due to incompetence and mismanagement. Translators with a questionable grasp of English were hired and used materials unavailable to Moroccans. The Inspector General concluded that the program was "ineffective and poorly implemented."
I wonder if the 27 million dollars spent on Moroccan pottery wannabes would have made a little dent in the backlog for our brave men and women?????
Now Hear This:
Hold them all accountable every day.