Yesterday I asked the question, “Who comes first: the vets or the politicians?”
We all know who should come first. And we all know who actually does come first.
The Is/Ought Dichotomy in full view — the fact/value distinction.
America’s politicians have legislated themselves wonderful healthcare coverage. Meanwhile, they’ve legislated something very different for veterans: a huge, unaccountable bureaucracy.
The federal archipelago of substandard VA clinics and hospitals is so ineffective that vets have died waiting for any medical care at all.
The problem isn’t a lack of public support. Americans obviously want to help take care of veterans. The many charities are just one indicator of this.
Instead, it’s an unmistakable sign of how completely beyond citizen control Washington has wandered.
Heads haven’t rolled in the Veterans Administration bureaucracy. Fact. But why not? Because of insider values. Why should congressmen even worry their pretty, little re-electable heads about it? None of their heads have rolled for their incompetence or indifference.
In a Congress loathed by the people, only one incumbent congressman has been defeated for re-election this year — and he was facing a 29-count felony indictment for racketeering, etc.
One might wonder if anything ever happens in Washington other than waste, fraud and abuse.
For decades, the lack of care for vets has been an ongoing scandal. But it’s merely a symptom of a much bigger scandal: our government is out of our control.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.