Today, conservative columnist Betsy McCaughey published an editorial claiming that the Republicans care more about veterans than Democrats do. However, her column contained two blatantly false statements that destroy her argument. If Betsy McCaughey needs to lie to make her point, then her point isn’t valid.
McCaughey’s first lie is that, “Meanwhile, the civil service bureaucracy reversed the demotions of two VA executives for a corrupt scheme that cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.” In reality, the demotions were reversed by two federal judges – Judge William Boulden in Philadelphia and Judge Michele Szary Schroeder in Chicago. Both judges based their decisions on the “equal protection of the laws” provision of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. The VA had not demoted other executives for doing virtually the same thing. Betsy McCaughey may not like it, but “equal protection of the laws” is a provision of the 14th Amendment, so all of us and the VA have to live with it.
For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
McCaughey’s second lie is that, “none of the GOP front-runners proposes closing down the VA.” Her claim is just not true. Last August, Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson made national headlines when he told a talk show in Little Rock, Arkansas, “We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department of Defense.” That is definitely a proposal to close down the VA, but somehow McCaughey missed it.
Betsy McCaughey must be living in a dream land, because she says that only a Republican President can fix the VA, but she doesn’t list a single fact to support her belief. Other than Ben Carson’s call to close down the VA, none of the GOP candidates for President have really paid much attention to Veteran’s issues. Al they’ve said is the same old stuff, platitudes about how veterans deserve the best medical care.
Those of us who are disabled veterans know how messed up and incompetent the VA is. There is no need for Betsy McCaughey to lie about it, and blame it all on Bernie Sanders and civil service employees. McCaughey should have just told the truth, there are enough VA scandals out there to go around. She also could have offered some insight into how her favorite politicians intend to help the VA do a better job serving the unique needs of America’s veterans. She didn’t do that. McCaughey owes all veterans an apology.