The speaker of the House asks: “You know, the White House keeps talking about its efforts to increase VA funding, but where’s the accountability?” The House passed a VA accountability bill, but it’s gone into the black hole (the Senate).
In essence, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) asks what the president does all day. “Just how widespread is this failure to treat our veterans? We need answers from the President and his Administration. But the White House claims the President didn’t really even know about the latest scandal until hearing about it in the news. Even though a top official testified he knew of inappropriate scheduling practices at VA health clinics — as far back as 2010. It sure raises a lot of questions. But you know, it’s a curious thing. President Obama, the most powerful man in the free world, always seems to be the last to know about what’s going on in his own Administration. From the Obama Administration’s IRS scandal to its Obamacare website fiasco, just about every time the President claims to be in the dark until the wrongdoing surfaces on its own — usually in the press. The pattern is incredibly worrying. And if it really is true that he learns so much through the press — if he really knows that little about what’s going on in his own administration — then he needs to get re-engaged. Right now.”
You have to ask why more Republicans aren’t doing this. Terri Lynn Land has a new ad bashing her opponent on carbon taxes and the Keystone XL Pipeline: “It’s a war on American jobs and paychecks. . . If you turn it on, fill it up, flip the switch or plug it in, Gary Peters will leave you in shock.” Tom Steyer makes an appearance as well, as does the president.
Someone should ask Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) if it was such a good idea to stymie sanctions. “Western sanctions pressure has de-escalated since the last U.S. congressional sanctions came into effect in mid-2013, and when, last fall, President Obama threatened to veto a ‘sanctions-in-waiting’ bill with sixty Senate cosponsors. This legislation would have imposed new sanctions only if the Islamic Republic violated the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) reached between the P5+1 and Iran in November 2013, failed to conclude a nuclear agreement that met specific parameters by January 2015, or supported terrorism against America. This decision to de-escalate the economic pressure reduced the once overwhelming Iranian and international fear of sanctions and buoyed hopes of an Iranian economic recovery. . . . Indeed, now may be the time to pass bipartisan congressional legislation that imposes a serious economic cost on Tehran if it doesn’t come to a comprehensive agreement by January 2015. This will give U.S. negotiators critical leverage as summer diplomacy risks turning into a lengthy fall.” Don’t hold your breath.
House oversight committees should ask about this. “The threat from al Qaeda is rising, but the White House is looking to ratchet down the war against these Islamic extremists. As a result, intelligence gathered on these threats remain shrouded from the public and, in many cases, from senior government officials. And now Congress and the White House are beginning to consider modifying—and possibly revoking—the very authority to find, fix and finish those terrorists who pose the threat today. One senior U.S. intelligence official told The Daily Beast the frustration was that there is pressure from the White House to downplay the threat from some al Qaeda affiliates.” Maybe this is related to Benghazi?
If you ask what is wrong with the White House, here is the answer in a nutshell: “The White House on Thursday provided a little — but only a little — clarity on the administration’s objections to a House Veterans Affairs reform bill, saying provisions of it could result in litigation against the government. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he didn’t know the specific reasons why the administration was concerned about the bill, which aims to make it easier to fire senior-level VA officials and sailed through the House in a 390-33 vote.” Vets are dying and they are worrying about trial lawyers suing on behalf of incompetent civil service employees.
It really is time for Chris McDaniel to stand in front of the media and let them ask all the questions they have. “The vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party and one other suspect have been arrested in connection with the photographing of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.” McDaniel put out a written statement condemning the illegal action, but why not face the media?