The Unhappiest Place on Earth

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To put it mildly, 2016 has been a pretty weird year so far. From Donald Trump being the last Republican standing to the federal government going after fellow Leftists at Apple, it’s getting hard to believe there aren’t monkeys with typewriters pounding out Shakespeare as we speak.

But even typing monkeys aren’t as absurd as the current situation with the Veterans’ Administration. It started with wait times at VA hospitals being measured in ice ages. Instead of fixing the problem, the VA has done what government agencies with problems have done for decades: pretended the problem didn’t exist while getting more money to prop up the failing system.

But wait! It gets dumber!

Enter current VA Secretary Robert McDonald. Earlier this week, he responded to criticism of wait times at the VA by comparing them to wait times…at Disneyland. In the interest of fairness, let’s compare the two by the numbers.

Number of deaths attributable to delays in VA care: over 307,000 according to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs released in 2015

Number of deaths attributable to waiting in line at Disneyland: 0, according to Wikipedia

Granted, Wikipedia is usually as reliable as Joe Biden, so I dug a bit deeper. Upon further review, I found…no deaths attributable to waiting in line at Disneyland.

But they’re totally the same, people! Especially if you use Common Core math!

Since McDonald’s fateful and, well, stupid comments, he has taken so much heat, Satan is suing him for infringing on the copyright of Hell. He has since tried to apologize, but it’s the kind of apology you’d expect from a politician trying to explain away an embarrassing situation. In other words, it’s the kind of apology you’d get from Hillary Clinton.

Put simply, McDonald’s career in the VA is probably going to be coming to a close very soon as a result of the Disneyland comparison, but it won’t be soon enough for me. The fact any veteran has to wait for a week let alone several months to get even basic care is inexcusable, and McDonald’s comments and subsequent attempt to walk them back isn’t going to do him any favors.

Of course, he might still have a great spot with the US Postal Service waiting for him, so he’s got that going for him.

Author: Thomas

I'm a small town boy living in the heart of Iowa watching the world go by with my wife and dog.

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  1. Well you beat me to this one Thomas. It is appalling how our current (and past) administrations treat our nations veterans. These people are the heroes of this Republic and should be treated as such. The VA needs so much reform it might be better to scrap it and start over.

    The quality of VA Hospitals does keep a number of veterans away from them if they can afford their own doctors in the private sector. Not only do too many veterans die just waiting for care. The system also kills them when they use it as well. If it was a private hospital system with that many deaths it would have been shut down decades ago.

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