Ramirez, Beeler on VA scandal

posted at 2:31 pm on May 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

I had these up in my browser tabs for the last couple of days, but didn’t find a good way to work them into posts during that time. That doesn’t mean they should be missed. Both Nate Beeler and Michael Ramirez skewer Barack Obama’s leadership and claims of ignorance on the VA scandal. First, Ramirez takes the White House at its word — and depicts the member of the team who seems to know more than everyone else:

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Beeler takes a slightly more skeptical approach to White House claims of ignorance for the Columbus Dispatch:

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It’s a pattern one could apply to any of the Obama administration failures — Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Operation Fast & Furious, and so on. Obama is the last person to know, and he doesn’t find out until he hears it on the news. The real scandal is the lack of leadership and executive competence in the Oval Office.

Be sure to check out Nate’s blog for more of his excellent work.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

IRS targeting conservatives – Obama knew nothing.
ATF running guns to cartels – Obama knew nothing.
Benghazi scandal – Obama knew nothing.
Losing your doctor – Obama knew nothing.
Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.

Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

But, but, but … The Messiah says he cares about me (maybe even feels my pain as perfected by the real first black Prez) and, let’s face it, isn’t that really all that matters?

/The now-majority of American residents (aka the Free Shiite Army)

ShainS on May 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Obama’s answer to all of this? Or to any of the scandals we’ve been treated to over the last 5 years.

Or, let’s face it, if WW3 started today, or an earthquake swallowed Dubuque…

What’s it got to do with me?

His fluffers and defenders answer?

So, you’re really not going to blame this on Obama, are you (you racist)?

Dolce Far Niente on May 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

IRS targeting conservatives – Obama knew nothing.
ATF running guns to cartels – Obama knew nothing.
Benghazi scandal – Obama knew nothing.
Losing your doctor – Obama knew nothing.
Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing

With on arm tied behind his back.

307wolverine on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

But, but, but……….It’s Bushes fault…

OmahaConservative on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.

Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

With one arm tied behind his back.

307wolverine on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

From the 19th hole …

ShainS on May 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The real scandal is the lack of leadership and executive competence in the Oval Office.

lol — really? :) That’s the real scandal?

Eh, I know what you’re saying. I would back it up further, though, if we’re backing it up. “Why was Obama reelected?” <- My real scandal.

Axe on May 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

He and his cohorts have an agenda.
The agenda is to destroy the country.
So far the agenda is working perfectly.
He has no reason to speak negatively or apologize for what he has created.
His job is to make sure the pipe he’s been playing stays shiny and mesmerizing, as he leads us over a cliff.
Who is going to stop him?

31giddyup on May 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I’m well ahead of The One on this. My cat informed me of the whole dog and pony show weeks ago.

vnvet on May 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The real scandal is the lack of leadership and executive competence in the Oval Office.

Now whudathunk that a street thug from Sh!tCago with suspicious pedigree and no paper trail would turn out to be such a nincompoop ?

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I can hardly wait until some former Secret Service agent or other very credible deep insider finally does a tell-all memoir of the Obama White House.

I’m thinking sometime around 2020 to 2025.

DaveK on May 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I can hardly wait until some former Secret Service agent or other very credible deep insider finally does a tell-all memoir of the Obama White House.

I’m thinking sometime around 2020 to 2025.

DaveK on May 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Why would Prez Mooch allow such a thing to be published ?

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Finally, some light

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will let more veterans obtain health care at private hospitals, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced Saturday.

it will let?
IT
WILL
LET .
Oh thank you emperor Shitaki
** bows with hands folded on behalf of veterans who were killed by VA**

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.
Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

With one arm tied behind his back.

307wolverine on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

From the 19th hole …

ShainS on May 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

….and one eye closed!

herm2416 on May 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

OmahaConservative on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

It’s only a matter of time before that is the theme.

Cindy Munford on May 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

IRS targeting conservatives – Obama knew nothing.
ATF running guns to cartels – Obama knew nothing.
Benghazi scandal – Obama knew nothing.
Losing your doctor – Obama knew nothing.
Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.

Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

But, except for the last one, nobody was madder than Obama in the end.

That last one is the rare exception where Obama HALO’d into Pakistan with SEAL Team Six and personally took the kill shot. All the while keeping up the ruse that he was playing golf at Fort Belvior.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

That last one is the rare exception where Obama HALO’d into Pakistan with SEAL Team Six and personally took the kill shot. All the while keeping up the ruse that he was playing golf at Fort Belvior.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Did y’all know that the Mooch was piloting BOTH the helicopters ?
And after the mission, she got back home in time to bake cookies for the kids !

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

IRS targeting conservatives – Obama knew nothing.
ATF running guns to cartels – Obama knew nothing.
Benghazi scandal – Obama knew nothing.
Losing your doctor – Obama knew nothing.
Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.

Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Nicely played.

Then I realized, that “the news”, that the Messiah follows, does not cover these ‘phony scandals’. So, other than the fact we can chalk up yet another lie, where does he find out about them–inside his bubble?

socalcon on May 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I think I kno…. oh, never mind. That was rhetorical.

socalcon on May 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will let more veterans obtain health care at private hospitals, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced Saturday.

Gee that’s damn generous of them- seeing the number of veterans Shinseki killed is in the double digits and growing. And it will be months before he stops stonewalling and releases this report we are supposed to wait for before holding anybody accountable.

The administration is clearly trying to rally support for the rat bastard killer but it mostly seems to be coming from former Army colleagues who claim “Ric” is competent and passionate. That doesn’t sound anything like the guy who goes to the Senate and says he’s madder than hell in a way that would make you think a waiter had just told that the special of the day had sold out.

Speaking of sell outs. Shinseki must go with as much dishonor and public scorn as possible. This is the weekend we honor our war dead but I urge everyone to contact their Congresscritters and express the fact that waiting months and keeping Shinseki in office are unacceptable actions.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Did y’all know that the Mooch was piloting BOTH the helicopters ?
And after the mission, she got back home in time to bake cookies for the kids !

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Liar! Mooch would never bake let alone feed her brats cookies. More likely it was tofu patties with carob chips or something.

Happy Nomad on May 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

herm2416 on May 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

and half his brain tied up (HT to Rush) just to make it fair.

Gebirgsjager on May 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I can hardly wait until some former Secret Service agent or other very credible deep insider finally does a tell-all memoir of the Obama White House.

I’m thinking sometime around 2020 to 2025.

DaveK on May 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Why would Prez Mooch allow such a thing to be published ?

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

To the extent that the tell-alls leave her out of it, or cast her in a good light, Hillary! will be more than happy to for these publications to expose the mess that her administration is stuck with cleaning up. Her youngest voters are going to have come of age during the Obama Years, and Blame Bush™ just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

de rigueur on May 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Did y’all know that the Mooch was piloting BOTH the helicopters ?
And after the mission, she got back home in time to bake cookies for the kids !

burrata on May 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

She also milked the cow,with one hand.

docflash on May 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Knowing Obama, he probably heard about it and the first question out of his mouth was, “How does effect out keeping control of the Senate?” That appears to be the only thing he’s concentrating on these days and the country is not being well-served.

When is the press going to start doing their job?

bflat879 on May 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Beeler’s cartoon would have been better had Obama been on the golf course.

COgirl on May 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

The real scandal is the lack of leadership and executive competence in the Oval Office.

Really? Really?

That’s pretty lame, Ed.

By saying that, you are essentially buying into the constantly proffered excuse that the President “didn’t know”, and that all of The Bad Things stem spontaneously and solely from an innocent lack of leadership. You perpetuate the alibi that he has not had an active role in any of it, and set the stage for more of the same.

There has been all kinds of leadership from the Oval Office (it may well be from ValJar rather than BHO, but it’s from the Oval Office in any case). Leadership that gave us guns for Mexican criminals, guns and missiles for Al Qaeda and their friends, unprecedented and massive militarization of numerous non-military government departments and Police departments, Black Panther voter intimidation at the polls, the recent wholesale release of thousands of criminal aliens, the weaponization of the IRS, and countless other acts. Those are the “real scandals”.

bofh on May 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

In a system where there is perfect agreement that veterans should be given the best care, and a single-payer system to boot, with this perfect storm to showcase the merits of single-payer, government has shown that it has failed miserably.

In 2009, the budget was 87.6 billion.
In 2012, the budget was 132 billion.
In 2014, the budget is slated for 152.7 billion.

That’s a budget increase of 74% in 5 years, and there’s not a whimper here of objection. Our veterans deserve the best. But once again, the government is taking our money and not delivering squat.

What would a private company with a 152 billion dollar budget do? First, it would probably get rid of half of the administrative costs that have saddled the American people with a poor performing investment in our veterans. That’s the best place to start. Then they would start a voucher system so that veterans could go to their own doctors instead of a limited few.

The VA told my dad that at 88 years old they would not give him the pacemaker that would keep his heart pumping. It took an emergency and Dad being sent to a Catholic hospital that saved his life. They gave the bill to the VA and they were forced to pay half. Dad’s working the rest out.

That’s today’s VA for you.

itsspideyman on May 25, 2014 at 6:37 AM

“Stupid is as Stupid does.”

R.U.Sirius on May 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Osama bin Laden raid – Obama single-handedly masterminded the whole thing.
Washington Nearsider on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

With one arm tied behind his back.

307wolverine on May 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

From the 19th hole …

ShainS on May 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

….and one eye closed!

herm2416 on May 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

And half a brain…well he does everything with half a brain.

jukin3 on May 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Hillary, asked about the most notable evidence of her leadership as SecState, actually pointed to the bin Laden raid.

How does she also get to spike that football? And how can a ‘journalist’ ask the question, and then not follow-up on that answer?

Does everyone who was pictured on the war room at that moment get to include on their resume that their leadership is responsible for us getting bin Laden? And the SEALs who actually did it get killed in a ‘freak accident’ not long after, and never get noticed or honored by this administration.

Freelancer on May 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM