I suspect the real answer is as many as they can get. After all veterans tend to vote Republicans. Like cutting Medicare, cutting Tricare and letting the VA kill vets is one way to kill off the voters least likely to vote for the Democratic Party.
Today White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough kept defending the record of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinkseki over his handling of the Veterans Administration hospitals scandal on CNN’s The Lead. Finally an increasingly agitated Jake Tapper grew frustrated with the excuses until he exploded in anger: “How Many Dead Veterans Do You Need?”
Jake Tapper is one of the few mainstream media people who still ask hard questions about Obama Inc. Here’s part of the transcript.
TAPPER: How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House, maybe this guy isn’t the best steward of these veterans?
MCDONOUGH: The question, Jake, is, are we doing everything we can every day to get the veterans the care and the opportunities that they deserve?
TAPPER: But you are not. This letter was sent a year ago. And you guys ignored it.
MCDONOUGH: And we have been working aggressively to ensure that not only is health care expanded, opportunities made more ready to our vets, but that people are held to account, as Ric is doing in this case. We will continue to do that.
McDonough, a Center for American Progress player, like much of the rest of Obama Inc. is completely impermeable to shame, guilty or facts… the traditional tools of reporters in hard hitting interviews. He has his talking points about how things are getting better and will repeat them again and again.
And that’s Obama Inc. in microcosm. There is just no accountability.
MCDONOUGH: You heard what Ric said to the Senate committee today, that, in this instance, there’s been more than 250 cases of people who have been held accountable for their actions. He can explain that in great detail. The president, as soon as he heard about this latest outrage in Phoenix, called Ric and said, you know what, Ric? I need to know exactly what happened. I need to know exactly the accountability measures that you have and that you can institute, and if it’s not enough, then let’s change it and make sure that we hold people to account.
TAPPER: But I’m telling you right now that happened in 2011 under Secretary Shinseki, and that person was not held accountable. The person got a perfect performance review and got a bonus. There are lots of examples like this.
But Obama Inc. doesn’t care about facts. It tells blatant lies and tells them again and uses its political allied non-profits, e.g. CAP, to echo the lies to make it seem as if their big lie is a consensus.
Meanwhile veterans keep dying.