Today's world needs calm
Nailing the Soldiers: Last week the administration floated a plan to save $500 million a year on the cost of veterans insurance. The idea was that if a veteran comes back from war wounded, and manages to get a job with private health insurance, that the Veterans Administration would bill the veterans private health insurance for the healthcare related to their war wounds. Now I ask you, what hiring agent would give a job to a wounded veteran, if they knew it would drive up health insurance costs for the rest of the employees of the company? Answer: none. The administration demonstrated that it could not be trusted to think out the disastrous outcome of the plan in advance of scheduling them for review with Congress. The outrage over this plan by the administration caused an immediate outcry from all angles. Powerful Democrats in the Congress came out against the plan, questioning the administration's integrity toward veterans. Showing a lack of principled integrity to his policy plans, the Obama administration came out the next day reversing this widely decried and unethical plan. To cover the wound, Obama promise to stop the controversial Stop Loss program, effectively stealing credit from Robert Gates, who for six months has been suggesting an end to the program. Or did someone think that overnight the administration could create their own plan that had been six months in the making?
Let us Hope that the administration can Change, and will begin to carefully weigh policy initiatives prior to making them, so that the end result can be stated policy that makes sense for America, and doesn't require an immediate backpedaling from the president. American global leadership does not start with breaking international trade treaties, and reversing our policy initiatives constantly.