662 – American Thinker unloads on VA chief Robert McDonald

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Robert McDonald – 8th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

In this episode we are going to take a look at an opinion about Robert McDonald, the eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He is the retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble. He was appointed by President Obama in 2014 to head the agency charged with helping veterans. The opinion comes in an article posted in The American Thinker titled: Obama’s Mr. Terrific submitted by Joanna Rosamond

Rosamond believes Mr. McDonald is challenged in the veracity department. She states this about the Secretary: “Secretary McDonald has “misspoken” on several occasions, embellishing his military record and magnifying the number of unfit employees who were fired, but this is the biggest lie of them all: “Still, simple words from West Point´s Cadet Prayer guide me — choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.””

She pointed out that after Mr. McDonald made the regrettable statement where he compared wait times in getting health services at a VA hospital to that of waiting in line at an amusement park, he was commended by President Obama when he  stated: “I think Secretary McDonald has done a terrific job.” This made her wonder if the president was merely tone deaf or if there is something more sinister to his attitude.

Rosamond brought up other examples of lost rectitude on the secretary’s part. One is where the secretary stated 90% of Veterans are either “completely satisfied” or “satisfied” getting the appointment when they wanted.  This is puzzling when considering a VA IG report that revealed more than 300,000 American Veterans died while waiting for health care.  Are we talking success?

In 2014 the Obama administration had a goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015. McDonald reported that as of 2016 it had been eliminated in just two states. At the rate it will take 48 more years to end homelessness. Could the VA have used some of the $5.2 million they spent for a botched VA marketing campaign to help house veterans.

These and other valid points are raised by Rosamond.

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