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VA scandal spotlights Obama’s inaction

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VA SCANDAL SPOTLIGHTS OBAMA’S INACTION
You pick: Benghazi, IRS, ObamaCare, the VA...President Obama’s ineffectual leadership and mismanagement of the administration’s scandals paints the same picture: a surprised, reactionary White House that didn’t know, quick with rhetorical outrage and meek in response and accountability. The current scandal has understandably provoked an outcry for swift and decisive action by the president over the mistreatment of veterans at VA hospitals. Don’t hold your breath. The studious go-slow Obama approach is once again onscreen. For Republicans looking to gain control of the Senate the president’s inaction paints a perfect target on Democrats, especially vulnerable incumbent Senators. Truly, the GOP couldn’t ask for a better scenario to drive home its point that government is too big and poorly run by this group. What Speaker John Boehner calls “systemic failure” is becoming a common phrase heard from Republicans. A point they will no doubt be driving home when it comes to the midterm contests.

[“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.” – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor Thursday.]

Kelly File: yells for help unanswered -  A year after President Obama signed legislation from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., aimed at curtailing false reporting at the nation’s VA hospitals, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., wrote VA Affairs head Eric Shinseki asking him to brief a House Panel on the agency’s plans to improve medical appointment wait times and scheduling. During a Thursday appearance on the “Kelly File” Miller expressed his outrage over the VA head issuing a statement saying the allegations of misconduct just surfaced over the past several weeks. Miller told Megyn Kelly, “This has been going on for years.” Miller went on to say, “this secretary has been in office now for well over five years and has had an opportunity to make a difference and hasn't done it.” When pressed by Kelly as to whether he would call for Shinseki’s resignation Miller said, “removing him may be a one-day story but you'll have veterans not receiving the health care they have earned.” Watch the full interview courtesy of the “Kelly File” here.

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