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May 23, 2014 - 7:24 am

On Thursday, Senate Democrats blocked the Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act. That bill, which sailed through the Republican-controlled House 390-33, fell in the Senate, with Sen. Bernie Sanders shrugging off the scandal by telling CNN that “People die every day.” Sanders is the Vermont socialist who caucuses with the Democrats.

So the Senate killed a bill that would have made it easier to fire negligent VA personnel. In the House, the only votes in opposition to it came from Democrats.

Today, the Democrats are closing ranks with the White House and blunting demands that VA chief Eric Shinseki resign, according to The Hill.

Senate Democrats are closing ranks behind Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and President Obama’s decision to keep him in the cabinet despite Republican calls for his ouster.

As of Thursday afternoon, not a single Democratic senator had called for Shinseki’s resignation.

And Senate Democrats have been slow to embrace House-passed legislation that would give Shinseki the authority to fire senior executives.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) questioned whether legislation could address the VA’s problems, noting “most of it has to be done administratively.”

Even if that’s true, the administration isn’t acting. Obama wants another report. Sanders wants another report. Only a handful of Democrats want accountability.

Here’s the truth: The fact the Democratic leadership is closing ranks with Obama on this scandal gives up the hard fact that they will not hold him accountable for anything. At all. Ever.

The Senate Democrats are prioritizing politics over the lives of veterans who need treatment. Nothing means more to them than political power.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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“People die every day.”

So, the reason for Obamacare was...what, exactly?

No wonder the Socialists are so hard to beat. Having no fixed position on anything works in their favor.
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Additional thought...

Bernie, do you realize you just destroyed any basis to argue for socialized medicine?
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Any Republican who doesn't use this against her or his opponent this year deserves to lose.
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It's the primary rule of DC: Never ever admit anything is wrong when you are in power.
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"with Sen. Bernie Sanders shrugging off the scandal by telling CNN that “People die every day.” Sanders is the Vermont socialist who caucuses with the Democrats."

Marxists have no problem with people dying. They'll even help you die.
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The greater shame is not that the Dems value political power above all else, rather it is that the voters of our nation continue to reward them for it.
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And yet, not the least bit surprising.

One side says : "Show restraint and moral decency." The other says "Anything Goes!"

Most people are going to side with the "cool parent" (the Dems) that lets them smoke weed and have conseqeunce-free sex with anyone they want.

And then completely ignore the tyranny (you can't eat meat, you can't drink soda, you can't drive SUVs, etc...) that follows.
9 weeks ago
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Nothing means more to them than political power.

And nothing has for decades now.
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Sadly, as PJMedia has been exposing, it seems both Cantor and Boehner feel the same way about power.
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No, they believe in bipartisanship and cooperating 'across the aisle'. And they believe that Democrats in Congress can put politics aside and behave like moral persons.

Cheers
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