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The VA Debacle
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/18/2014 4:39:19 AM

The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on. But amidst this smorgasbord of fiascos, addressing the body count at the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mathman, 7/18/2014 10:45:16 AM     (No. 9930169)

Nothing will happen. Remember: soldiers on active duty cannot vote. Their voting rights have been revoked by Dims who control the absentee ballots. The Dims know the soldiers will vote Republican, so they don´t count.
And we have no veterans in the regime.
So who cares? Just let the vets rot.
War is evil anyhow, and it has been our warlike past which has caused all the problems in the world. So abolish the military, let all our troops come home, and take all that money and spend it on illegal immigrants already.
Foolish to even worry about the VA scandal. It has no legs.

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