Though Correct to Step Down, Shinseki Was A Victim of Racism

 

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It’s a sad day for many in the Asian American community and specifically the Japanese American community as the POTUS accepted the resignation of the the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, even though according to the conservative news group the Washington Times admitted back in 2008, the debacle started in 2005.

Much to my shock, on my local Pacifica Network KPFK, the host broke in during her broadcast and said that Secretary of the Veteran Administration Eric Shinseki had resigned and President Obama accepted his resignation. According to Sonali Kolhatkar of Uprising Radio, Shinseki resigned because he did not want to cause more problems.

Yet apparently, when former Secretary Jim Nichols was head of the V.A., everything started to collapse. The illegal war Bush and Cheney started, helped create the logistical mess what the V.A. is today. Back in 2007 according to the Washington Post:

President Bush yesterday paid his first visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center since the uproar over shoddy conditions at the facility and emerged after a two-hour tour to publicly apologize for the physical and bureaucratic ordeals inflicted upon soldiers recovering from injuries on faraway battlefields…

“I was disturbed by their accounts of what went wrong,” he said in a speech to hospital staff members after the tour. “It is not right to have someone volunteer to wear our uniform and not get the best possible care. I apologize for what they went through, and we’re going to fix the problem.”

Yet not one Republican pressured Nichols to resign as he, according to the V.A.news, tendered his resignation to President George W. Bush and returned to the private sector, leaving a mess. Seven years later, the blame has been placed on Shinseki.

According to the Washington Times,

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, praised Mr. Shinseki, a Vietnam veteran, for a “lifetime of honorable service.” But he said the resignation was fitting because the problems at the VA are a “national disgrace.”

“This change of leadership is a meaningful initial step to meet our solemn obligations, but what’s still needed is an agreement by the president and his allies in Congress to join Republicans in legislation that would help to fix this system that has so failed our veterans,” Mr. McConnell said.

Yet 40 Republicans felt that Bernie Sanders’ bill to support vet was expensive so the following Senators —

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

— chose not to support the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 as demanded by the Heritage Foundation…and then the Senate Republicans colleagues in the House rejected the following H.R. for vets because Obama is in office:

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.

H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans

H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009

H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act

H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act

DETAILS OF BILLS REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS:

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act – This bill would actually provide job security for veterans who are receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered while fighting in defense of their country. It would prohibit employers from terminating
employees who miss work while receiving treatment for a service-related disability.

H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act – This bill would provide for assistance to help veterans who are currently unemployed with their expenses while retraining for the current job market.

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization – This bill would reauthorize programs in support of homeless veterans, to assist them with job training, counseling, and placement services through the Department of Veterans Affairs through 2014.

H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans which does nothing more than direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about scholarships for veterans.

H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009 – Here’sanother bill in support of those who have fought for their country, passed by House Democrats and blocked from becoming law by Republicans.

This would increase the amount paid by the VA to disabled veterans for necessary home structural improvements from $4,100 to $6,800 for those who are more than 50% disabled, and from $1,200 to $2,000 who are less than 50%, disabled. This means, if a veteran lost the use of his legs in service of his country, the country will pay for the wheelchair ramp so that he can live at home.

By the way, the last time this ceiling was lifted was in 1992. There isn’t even a fiscal reason for being against this bill, as the total cost of this bill, according to CBO estimates, would be a “whopping” $20 million. That’s about a quarter (25 cents) per family of four.

H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act – This bill would set up a Veterans Business Center program within the Small Business Administration, which would specialize in such programs as grants for service-disabled veterans, help them develop business plans and secure business opportunities. In other words, folks, it would create jobs and offer opportunities those who have fought in defense of our country.

H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act – This bill essentially combines a number of other bills that Republicans had blocked in the Senate previously, and adds a few elements. The bill would again establish a Veterans Business Center Program; …. it would establish a Military Entrepreneurs Program;

Now Shinseki’s resignation gives the impression that he was responsible for the mess the Republicans created? Oh come on. When Nichols destroyed the V.A., there was no witch hunt, yet go after the black president and his Asian American Secretary, and the Republicans call this reform? Talk show host Thom Hartmann brings up the Two Santa Claus theory– I may have to disagree with him. Yes it is the Republican’s way of destroying the Democratic Party so that the Republicans can take over the House, Senate, White House and SCOTUS, but I don’t recall the Republicans doing the same thing to Vets when Clinton was in office.

As a matter of fact, I remember, even with a Republican majority, the Senate and House bent over backwards to fund the V.A. Yet elect a black man and that same black man appoints a Japanese American to the V.A., this is what happens. Soldiers are murdered in the U.S. and the Asian guy is to blame…forgetting the mess that Nichols created. So is this racism? You bet. Sadly, this is living proof that racism has not ended, as screamed by the right.

19 Replies to “Though Correct to Step Down, Shinseki Was A Victim of Racism”

  1. I never thought about t those terms but it does make a lot of sense. I thought that the American Taliban went after him because he told the truth about the Iraq war before it even started and he was in their bulls eye ever since

  2. Unfortunately, politics in this country are completely partisan. Although Democrats are somewhat guilty, Republicans have taken it to a whole new level. If it hurts the President, then no holds barred, whether it’s taking away benefits from veterans, etc. or maybe they’ve become the party of the one percent, and to hell with everyone else. I’m old enough to remember when politicians actually cared about regular citizens, with both parties working together. It’s incredibly sad.

  3. “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” – Mitt Romney, 2012

    “People die in America because people die in America. And people make poor decisions with respect to their health and their healthcare. And they don’t go to the emergency room or they don’t go to the doctor when they need to.” – Rick Santorum, 2012

    “…the best health care delivery system in the world.” – John Boehner, 2012

    “…the finest health care system in the world.” – Mitch McConnell, 2012

    This is all so strange because the Republican party has taken the firm stance that our health care is perfectly fine. It’s almost as if obstructionism and partisan politics has caused them to turn a blind eye to real problems that real Americans face.

  4. Racism? Sweet bleedin’ Christ. Partisanship? Yes. Racism? You’re over playing the race card on this one, and that annoys the shit out of me. Did the GOP have it out for him because he was against going to Iraq with so few troops and spoke out about it? Hell yes. He was hated by the right. But not because of his race, man. That’s a load of crap. Sorry. But that doesn’t fly with me.

  5. Sad, but you are absolutely correct and It Is a shame that racism is so much still imbedded in this country.

  6. John McCain wants the VA system to be privatized. Sure. Go ahead and privatize so they can kick us all of for pre-existing conditions. These politicians are such morons.

  7. How crazy! Is everything about race now? Most people wouldn’t even know he is Japanese American. The last guy should have been fired too. But until you mentioned it in your post I didn’t know his race either, hell it could have been a black guy for all I know. That would have made you racist too.

  8. I see you still have not been paying attention. I can never figure ou why people want to comment on things they know nothing about. And please don’t blame us for your ignorance turn the TV off sometimes and I don’t know, read

  9. Do we accuse Obama of racism for drop kicking Shinseki? or should we accuse the bipartisan group of both the Senate and Congress which consist of more then four different ethnic groups, or how about the thousands of Veterans effected by the waiting list or maybe the 40 or so Vets that died from this debacle, lets say we chalk it up to incompetence he only had almost 6 years to fix it.

  10. Yes of course, A Dem always has to fix the mess. But then again you failed to note that Shinseki resigned. This “debacle” has been going on a lot longer then the last 6 years. Start the mess with over 2 million new people trying top use a service the GOP has defunded several times.

    Gee

  11. These problems go back to at least 2005 and everytime it came time to fully fund the VA republicans block it saying we don’t have the money but they want to continue to spend 10 million dollars a hour to continue the war in Afghanistan. BTW HAVE YOU EVER AVAIL YOURSELF TO THE HEALTHCARE THE VA PROVIDES? Just like I thought. Another know nothing

  12. Granted but President Obama did the right thing, We could ill afford to have Shinseki around with the midterm ahead.

  13. I am not in Healthcare but I am in management and it is safe to say they are many more VA Hospital running efficiently then there are having these issues so there are key individuals in these well run Hospitals that can be sent to run these challenged facilities and put the policies and procedures in place that is needed to bring them up to speed. Set up audits to monitor there progress that will help build the public’s confidence. There obviously a need to fund and build more VA hospitals but we could at least provide a higher level of healthcare for our Vets.

  14. The Congressional Republicans are so hell-bent on making this president a “failure” that hey don’t care who gets hurt in the process, namely veterans this time. They also don’t care about connecting the dots when it comes to pinpointing the origin of problems or their role in either causing or perpetuating them. It’s only about getting President Obama. Their efforts to defund the ACA have failed, and so have their so-called investigations of Benghazi. They never cared about the VA before nor did they care when all those embassy attacks under GW occurred with even more bloodshed involved. I also believe that they had it in for this guy before he obtained the post he resigned from, and the racism was just the icing on the rancid cake.

  15. With the election of this president we have found out a lot of underhanded things the republicans have done, things that have broken and needed fixing and this is one more thing. The VA system has been broken for years, they have been working with paper application for years instead of computers which cause backlogs, so had the irs, now they are using computers,most healthcare was all paper, now they using computers,.The president showed the democrats how organized volunteers to raise money, and help get people register to vote, help get them to polls, etc… while the republicans sit back and called him names, spread rumors, instead of working to improve their party, they just thought they people keep thinking they were for them and never wake up, they were the ones who got caught sleeping and they can’t wake up. The american people realize what happen when they were not looking,they don’t like being played for fools,so now the tables have turned.

  16. There Will Be No More Republican Presidents after The 113 Congress Debacle Of Just say No! VOTE My Friends In Nov For a Real Human” No More Evil Purists~~~~~

  17. As Long as Scripture Using Corporate’s Control Our Country” Republicans will be Purchased to Hold Congress and Senate” That Means The Commons will be slave to the 3%? VOTE FOR BERNIE SANDERS IN 2016! He Hates Corporate Thugs.

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