Veteran Administration- Corrupt To The Core

Much attention has recently been logged on veterans, veteran suicides, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.   While there seems to be an ever lacking source of funds for veterans – that would not apply to the employees of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

With an annual budget of $180 billion and nearly 378,000 employees, they still decry fowl as they lay open an empty proverbial wallet…   And the efforts of a relatively quick research expedition might answer – why.

Factoids:  There are 150 VA hospitals, 820 VA clinics, 300 counseling centers, and 5.5 to 6 million patients.  Wait time for a medical decision is anywhere from 120 days to a year.  Whoa cowboy.  Brakes on.   Socialist, medicine requires a ‘one year’ wait list.   Similar to other nationalized, socialized medicine in Social countries. 80% of veterans are white, 11% are black and 6% are Hispanic – by comparison, the US census registers; 12.7% black, 17.8% Hispanic and 61.8% white.   A bit skewed.

How many of the 378,000 employees are doctors and nurses?

Apparently, according to the Government Accounting Office – they don’t know.  They believe there may be at least 11,000 doctors, and roughly 80,000 nurses and nurse assistants.  That would leave 287,000 VA employees unaccounted for, or 76%.  The doctor to patient ratio extrapolates to 1 doctor for every 545 VA patients.  The national average of doctor to patient ratio is roughly 1000 to 2500 patients per doctor.

Obviously we have a problem Houston.  The VA employs 2-4 times as many doctors as the public sector and yet is abysmally deficient in care, wait times are catastrophic, but wait – there is another interesting phenomena… pay scale.

Payscales of RN’s and doctors vary by state.  In the public world, California nurses have the highest average pay rate of $102,000.  The lowest is South Dakota at roughly $57,000 full time.   But within the VA, the payscale for California nurses is significantly higher with base pay reaching $164,200.  In addition, since they are government employees, their pay is supplemented with full pension derivatives and a host of benefits unavailable to public sector RN’s.

It is no different for doctors.  A ‘staff physician’ in the VA can make upwards of $264,000, in the real world that salary is roughly $190,000 to $214,000 which would not include that lovely lifetime pension.

With inflated salaries, benefits and pensions absorbing the budget, it is no wonder veterans are short changed.  It used to be that the government pension was to support a significantly ‘lower’ wage compared to the public sector.   Skews skewer.

Why are doctors unable to cope with their patient load when it is roughly ½ to ¼ of the real world?   That would be called ‘nationalized medicine’.  It is defined by labor unions who likely tally the number of hours a military doctor or nurse may work, divided by the infinite number of holidays, sick days, vacation days, and break times interspersed into this very tawdry Nationalized Medicare For All – system.

But even more catastrophic is the fact that roughly 76% of the VA employees are not medical at all, but likely ‘administrative’.   How much of the $180 billion is spent to officiate…the administrators is an unknown because these departments are not transparent.   Government accounting 101.  Make it so ridiculously convoluted that a public center CPA, such as I was, can not make heads or tails of the train wreck without spending wayyyy to much of my time.   This is the true hypocrisy.

In 2015, the estimated cost for medical care for veterans was $55.4 billion out of a total budget of $164 billion.   One Third.

But the VA benefits are not used just for medical care, they are supposed to provide Home loan Guarantee, Insurance, Vocational Rehab, Education, Disability Compensation, Pensions, and burial and maintenance benefits.  That’s a whole lot of Socialist Spending.

The backlog that has received the most criticism is the agency designated to determine if a veteran is even qualified to receive disability benefits.   Mismanagement is monumental.  In 2009, President Bush proposed that 86.5% of the total budget be allocated to medical.  As in VA Hospitals.  The result?   Cost overruns have doubled and quadrupled initial budgets pushing deadlines for construction out years.  Unions have infiltrated and demanded continued pension and benefits for veterans convicted of crimes.   Dead people still receive compensation.  And the VA really has little idea who they employ, how many, in what capacity, and for what purpose.  The system has been broken for decades, and yet each time the train wreck reaches the public and media, the result is to throw more money at ‘it’ and thus ‘away’.

This is the finest example of “Medicare For All”.

The New and Improved GI Bill gave 100% education scholarships to veterans who had served “three years”!   And veterans who have served 10 years can transfer all their entitlements to their spouse or children.

Drip.  Drip.

The VA’s last published Freedom of Information data was 2012-2013 – and it earned a grade of D.  What the HECK?

Who is at fault?

Bureacracy.  The Swamp.  In the Government, a Budget is a request based on the use of the previous budget.  If all the budget was used, and more is needed, no one questions the use.  And so we see ridiculous cost overruns for green atrium aquariums and architects who envision the Taj Mahal in designing the Hospitals that are not available for actual use because the tile was imported from Sri Lanka and got lost on the way as it was transported by a Chinese company that had to divert shipment to Venezuela…

And all the hospital equipment?   It was inadvertently sent to Germany via The Netherlands where it was offloaded and trucked to the Ukraine so that Chocolate King, Poroshenko, can resell it to the US via Iran.  At a premium.

While the veterans die in the parking lot.

Putin Threatens US With Missile Targets…

The Media spin is most definitely eye rolling, but more provocatively angst is how incredibly misleading the story outline is regarding Putin threatening the US with missile targets.  The newest Russia allegation is claiming that Putin is threatening the US, and how should the US react?   Let’s take a look at what was actually said and why…

The scare tactic story is devised to further demonize Russia by the liberal left.  In fact, the US through NATO has deployed hundreds of nuclear missiles throughout Europe aimed at one principle target – Russia.   This military posture was heightened during the Obama administration to goad Putin into a potential defensive war.   Using eastern bloc countries, Obama systematically installed missile defense systems along the Russian border.   The provocation was obvious and Putin reacted emphatically denouncing the move and claiming it jeopardized the balance of peace.

Fast forward.

NATO and the EU Socialist blocs hate all things Russia and Putin.  The simplistic reason is because Putin refuses to submit to the same Protocols that have taken hold of parts of South America, Canada, Australia, parts of the EU and the US – prior to Trump.   The entire point of globalization is to create a one world government which is not possible unless you have subjugated every country.  Russia has been the most prominent holdout, and thus is the flagrant scape goat for demonizing.   Prior to Trump, the liberal administration was emphatically onboard.   Under Trump – not so much.

Recently liberal media outlets began the propaganda campaign of claiming Putin had declared strike targets against the US.  The media failed to ‘finish’ the quote:   “… in the event of aggression against Russia .”  Or: “State TV channel Russia-1 has presented a list of five US decision making centres that will become likely targets for Russia’s Zircon hypersonic missiles deployed on submarines if Washington decides to attack Moscow using its missile arsenal.”  If.  

In other words, Putin announced a defensive/offensive strategy should the US attempt to bomb Russia. To do or say anything less would be incredibly – well, stupid and militarily absurd.  Putin’s job is to protect his country.

Russia became a tremendous propaganda tool during the Obama rein of terror.   Every news outlet was instructed to virtually copy/paste articles seemingly written by the CIA under the Direction of Petraeus, Panetta and Brennan. Brennan was particularly interesting in that Obama claimed they “shared a similar philosophy”.  It was Brennan who oversaw the CIA investigation over the Russian/Trump collusion in the 2016 election.   I imagine that was paramount in their ‘shared philosophy’.  Brennan virtually drooled over Hillary.

Using the INF Treaty as grounds for the riff, the media ignores specific elements of the Treaty that make it completely worthless for the US.   The Treaty is only applicable to the US and Russia.   In other words, all other countries in the world can build and deploy an unlimited number of land based short and intermediated range ballistic and cruise missiles.   No one else is bound to, or a party of, this Treaty.  The Treaty was created during a time of transition, the end of the Cold War.   Today, both Putin and Trump recognize that it is ineffectual, dated, and superfluous in a very changed demographic.

Allegations of violations are a distraction.  The enemy has shifted.   And the Treaty needed to go away.

It is rather bizarre that the same media that claim Trump is in collusion with Russia, also claim the withdrawal from the Treaty by the US and Russia was symptomatic of the demise of US and Russian relations…   Obviously, you don’t collude with a country you perceive to be your enemy.  In fact, the media was likely fed a story line and the propaganda meme went full throttle.

The fact that the Treaty only applied to the US and Russia – not NATO, Germany, UK, North Korea or China… is clearly the main reason for the withdrawal from the INF Treaty as the US grows ever closer to identifying exactly who are our real allies, and who – is not.  And Russia’s statement that they will defend themselves against an attack – is simple juju jargon for all the misfits in the MSM.

UK saysTrump Demonizing Socialist Democrats…

The new Media Meme circulating throughout the US and EU is that Republicans are ‘demonizing Democrats as being Socialists, baby killers and anti-Semitic.   But, they are.  So it isn’t demonizing, it is reporting facts. 

Even the very non-independent, Independent UK Telegraph, has jumped on this rather bizarre twisted assertion claiming that Trump set it in motion at his SOTU address when he stated that America will not succumb to Socialism.   Of course, Democrat/Socialists are quick to point out that the US already has socialist agencies within its ranks including the US military, welfare, Medicare, and Medicaid.   And to some extent this is true, even Congress is socialist, they collect a wage for doing nothing.  But it is also worth noting who voted in these socialist programs and why.

Medicare and Medicaid are relatively new having been created in 1966 under the auspices of Lyndon Johnson, Democrat.  Since then the cost of healthcare has risen 800%.  Well golly-gee, that worked well.  And despite arguments that doctor supply triggered the rise in costs, the supply of doctors has doubled per 100,000 legal citizens in this same time period.  Well go figure…

Welfare was a part and parcel of The New Deal signed into law by Roosevelt, a Democrat, through Executive Order, bypassing Congress because, well, there was no way in tarnation it would have ever passed otherwise!

Congressional salaries didn’t even exist until 1855 when Democrat President, Franklin Pierce, a proponent of slavery, a lawyer who was sworn into office by pledging his allegiance to a law book instead of the Bible, effected a relatively lucrative salary to Congress which – stuck.  Only to be ‘doubled’ by Democrat President Andrew Johnson in 1865.  Halleluja!

Of course, the point of the UK Independent article was to ‘demonize’ Trump by claiming that Republicans are demonizing Democrats, and well, it becomes the Demon Party ticket.

Of course the entire article emerges as rather snarky and wimpishesque as it miffs about the bad, bad deplorables who are calling the Democrats Socialists and baby killers, and after two judo years of annihilating Trump – they just can’t stand suddenly finding themselves the – target.   It reminds me of Macron.

The fact that the Democrats have rallied behind late state abortion/infanticide, and increased Socialist agendas, seems to allude the author’s brain realm.  The fact that the Socialist organizations instituted in our government were done at the behest of Socialist/Democrats, would also seem to allude the – author.

However, I am left with One Socialist organization in the US that bears discussion – the military.

The history of an organized military dates back to 2700 BC, which would coincide with the development of trade and travel and borders, but most specifically Sumer (Iraq) and Elam (Iran) as they battled for supremacy.    Dynasties rose and fell according to their military aggressions, supported by their monarchial rule.   I suppose in that essence they were always supported by their respective governments.  But it differs in philosophy from the concept of Socialism in that they, the military, perform a very self sacrificing service for a small pittance of change – whereas welfare and ‘social programs’ are all about giving money to those who contribute – nothing.

Back to the UK Independent article demonizing Trump for demonizing Socialist Democrats.

The Alice in Wonderland Green Deal issued by Ocasio-Cortez was simply – well, Alice in Wonderland, and yet according to the non-independent Independent, it was endorsed by 70 Democrats in the House and 12 in the Senate.   Which makes them – Socialists.  Not sure why that isn’t a relative scientific numeric fact-thingy…

So we are calling a spade a spade, and they don’t like it, and instead they call it demonizing?

In the end all this reveals that even some of the more simplistic journalism isn’t even attempted by ‘journalists’ lest they discover that Socialism has multiple definitions – those who work and sacrifice for their wage – and those who do nothing and get forever freebies.   The Socialist programs instituted by the Democrats were created to dummy down the population as a whole, people were given handouts to do – nothing.  The military was created to defend, honor, and sacrifice their ‘everything’ for the people.  As such, the comparison is hugely – remote.

NOT THE SAME.  And I am more than miffed that this travesty of definition has been so morphed and spoiled by the Liberal/Socialist/Democrat individuals…  into a wimpy miff-faced, you hurt my feelings after two years of absolute hate filled chaos logged and lodged at Trump and anyone who supports our President, that the people seem to submit to the failed definition, including politicians who supposedly managed Harvard degrees despite their poverty upbringing!

How can that possibly be?   I think I’ll have to ask the Wizard.   Because, surely, only the Wizard could possibly know the answer…

POOHAH!