5-30-14 – Sanders, the VA, and the Koch Brothers

by John McClaughry

The Washington Free Beacon reports on a left wing gathering in Boston on May 9 addressed by Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders. As we all know, Bernie has been an outspoken friend of the Veterans Administration and especially its government run health care program, which resembles what he and Gov. Shumlin have in mind for Vermont.

Bernie is defending the VA and its unionized work force against the recent scandals in Arizona, where certain vets were put on a waiting list instead of treated, and some died before getting treatment.

Here’s the astonishing lead of the report:

“Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders accused the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers of being responsible for the scandalous Veterans Affairs backlog, which has caused an untold number of veterans to die while awaiting treatment from the massive medical bureaucracy.

After extolling a list of popular federal programs, such as the postal service, Bernie turned to the VA issue. “What are the problems?” he asked. “The problem is  that all of these are large, governmental institutions. And you have folks out there now — Koch brothers and others — who want to radically change the nature of society, and either make major cuts in all of these institutions, or maybe do away with them entirely.”

Bernie Sanders has become totally demented about the Satanic Koch brothers, to the point that he thinks they are responsible for anything that goes wrong anywhere. This man needs professional treatment.

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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