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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

President Spanky's nominee for the head of veterans affairs, Ronny Jackson, is in trouble?


Ronny Jackson withdraws as veterans affairs secretary nominee

The White House physician calls the allegations of over-prescribing pills and drunken behavior 'completely false and fabricated.'
04/26/2018 07:59 AM EDT

What a surprise.

We know that #45 reaches into the swamp and pulls out the swampiest incompetents and unqualified creatures that percolate in the muck.  He's had the highest turnover in administration personnel than any other president in modern history, starting with his choice for NSA, Mike Flynn, who lasted all of  18 days.

Trump's reckless choices to head his cabinet posts are what people who paid attention during his campaign came to expect, and what Republican Steve Schmidt said about the ongoing disaster that is the Trump administration:

"From a personnel perspective, we've never quite seen the assemblage of crooks, just outright weirdos, wife beaters, drunk drivers, complete and total incompetents that's been assembled."

Ronny Jackson is just another one of Trump's endless blunders in his endlessly ineffectual governing.

From Frank Bruni:

"There's draining the swamp, there's disrupting the status quo, and then there's simply being lazy and perverse. The last characterizes Trump's approach to government.  He has somehow convinced himself that unconventional C.V.s are bold choices, when often they are just reckless gambles.  He has told himself that the shallow , evaporating pool of people keen to work for him are fearless visionaries, when sometimes they're just feckless vagabonds." 

Ronny is on his way out. Who will #45 nominate next? Sargent Bilko?


Ducky's here said...

I don't understand.
President Happy Hands has made it a point to express his desire for quality leadership at the VA.

It doesn't fit that he would have a qualified head (imagine that) resign and be replaced by an unqualified nominee who has
problems with booze and prescription drugs.

Wait, let me rethink that.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ducky, the trolls are posting comments saying President Obama praised Jackson, but he didn't suggest that Jackson head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a position Jackson is totally unqualified to head.

FAUX NOOZ probably reported this and the wingnut trolls make sure they spread it around to liberal blogs as if that makes Trump's choice for VA head okay. They just can't think things through and understand what a fool Trump is.

Infidel753 said...

Ronny is on his way out. Who will #45 nominate next? Sargent Bilko?

Only if Don Corleone isn't available.

Even Basil Fawlty might get offered the job, except he's not rich.

Kevin Robbins said...

Ronny is on his way out. Who will #45 nominate next?

I'd go with maybe Keith Richards.

Rational Nation USA said...

I'll go with Dr. Michael Todd Schulenburg.

skudrunner said...

As is the norm you are guilty and we will judge you on the rumor. If I remember this was obama the greats physician and now they are saying he was not any good, how can that be.

Our veterans deserve better than a political hack running the VA administration. Not sure it should be a physician but maybe an outsider who can get something done instead of being a political hack for any administration.
Why not close all the VA's and go to private health care for all vets. They would get better care and the taxpayer would save money because the VA's are a massive government blunder providing mediocre care at exorbitant prices. For every patient there are 10 bureaucrats administering a failed system.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skudrunner, for-profit health care is and has been a disaster. You've forgotten about people who have been denied coverage for pre-existing conditions? We're the only advanced country that tries to profit from people's disasters. I'm for single-payer for everyone and free health care for our vetrans.

Also, you didn't disappoint by bringing in President Obama (who did NOT nominate Jackson to head any federal agency, nevermind the V.A). You sound like Trump, blaming President Obama for everything Trump bungles.

Kevin Robbins said...

Obama didn't choose a Jackson to run the VA. If he had, he'd have at least vetted him. No veterans group wants the VA privatized, and with good reason.

Ray said...

Who's guilty of what now skud?

skudrunner said...

Ms Shaw, I don't know how many many times have you been treated in a VA but the experience is less than efficient. When anything is run by bureaucrats, which the VA is full of, it is a costly, inefficient mess. How many vets have died because of a poor run system.

I agree our healthcare system is broken but single payer is far from the answer. Making rates and outcomes available would be a good start.
A tired healthcare system would work but there is to much money being paid to our elected crooks to get meaningful reform, much like our tax system. Money talks and the lobbyists have more than enough to buy votes.
I Never said obama the great chose him all I said is he was the white house physician for obama.
At this point what does it matter because he was found guilty by rumor and media hype and is gone

Rational Nation USA said...

skud, you might be interested in Quality of Care in VA Health System Compares Well to Other Health Settings.

Give it a read.

Dave Miller said...

Shaw, Shaw, Shaw... you know Jackson has been slimed. He's an honorable guy who is being done in by the swamp and deep state.

There is no chance, in the minds of many Trumpians that any of Trumps nominees are compromised and that includes the ones like Flynn who have pleaded guilty. In their minds, it's all an unfair witch hunt designed to derail a legitimately elected president from accomplishing his agenda.

Skud is probably not in that camp. In fact, I've seen him knock trump and the GOP down a few pegs occasionally... but he is a both siderist of the "there are many good people there" type.

BTW... here's a question... when you post the latest update on the number of officials who have already left the admin, are you going to include and Honorable Mention section for folks like Jackson? Seriously, I've not seen struggles like this to get nominees confirmed since Clinton struggled with the AG position.

Deanter said...

Every other advanced country has some form of government-guaranteed universal coverage (whether single payer or not). Most of them have better overall health outcomes for the population, and all spend less per capita, than the inefficient American system.

Anonymous said...

Dave, Trump is from the business world not the political world where incompetence is accepted as a way of like. In the business world you either perform or you walk. Personally I'm not surprised at the turn over around Trump

skudrunner said...

RN, The VA's are training grounds using vets as their subjects. Overall they provide adequate care at exorbitant costs. Old outdated facilities with more bureaucrats than medical staff and patients. Look at Phoenix, Omaha just to name two. If the goal is to provide healthcare for Vets than turn it over to the private sector, close all the VA's and provide better care for less money. Sure there are a few examples of good care just not many.

As to the Revs comments about Jackson. There is no reason to wait for any proof because a rumor will have the same effect, trial by media and he was proven guilty.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...
Dave, Trump is from the business world not the political world where incompetence is accepted as a way of like. In the business world you either perform or you walk. Personally I'm not surprised at the turn over around Trump."

Anonymous either doesn't read very deeply into the backgrounds of the Trump appointees, or Anon refuses to face the truth.

And the truth is that many of #45's cabinet picks are from the business world, and they are people who know nothing about the vast organizations that #45 chose them to head.

Trump himself has a lousy record in business with his failed casinos, university, airline, steaks, wine, real estate, etc. Since #45 won't release his tax returns, we can assume he's not as wealthy as he's claimed to be.

Kevin Robbins said...

Shaw, don't know if you watched Fox and Friend yesterday. Highly recommended. It's very clear that Michael Cohen was in business. Trump made that clear in some variation of Tourette's syndrome. The Fox idiots on the couch looked as concerned as the rest of us about his lack of sanity.

skudrunner said...

Trump has burned through a lot of appointees but this is not unexpected. He is not a politician and does not owe anyone anything so he will burn through people with conflicting egos. As far as getting things done it is better to have experience than rely on theory. There was a president who appointed friends or academician's who have no experience and therefore accomplished very little.

The media downplays his accomplishments with China, Our economy, N&S Korea, International trade, putting America't interests first instead of leading from behind.
As a person he is pond scum but he does have some impressive accomplishments. If you are in business you are measured by your accomplishments, if you are not you are measured how nice you are.
I would rather have a beer with BHO but have business dealings with DJT.

Dave Miller said...

Skud... are you willing to give HRC the same grace as you argue for Mr Jackson? No, he’s not been convicted of anything, and neither had Hillary.

But in her case, no matter, she’s guilty of all sorts of crimes, including murder.

For anyone who opposed HRC to argue that GOP folks are being dropped on unoriven charges is the very def of hubris...

Rational Nation USA said...

With all due respect, you do know what assume usually does, right Shaw?

I'm not saying your wrong. Only one should assume NOTHING.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Skud, would you really like to do business with Trump?

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Two contractors allege getting stiffed for work on Trump’s D.C. hotel

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Donald Trump doesn’t like to pay the small businesses he hires.

Donald Trump: Why US Law Makes It Easy to Stiff Contractors. | Fortune › Leadership › Commentary
Sep 30, 2016 - Allegations that Donald Trump frequently refuses to fully pay his contractors has been raised by Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Reuters, NBC News, and others. ... Why U.S. Law Makes It Easy for Donald Trump To Stiff Contractors .

You'd like to do business with this scammer? Good luck.

Kevin Robbins said...

Shaw, I think that might be part of reason he can't get good lawyers. That, and going out and rambling on F and F. And the general stench it would bring upon a law firm to represent someone who may turn out to be a traitor. Allegedly, for Skud.

Anonymous said...

Oh Ms.Shaw, this one says, that one says. Obvious you havent had much experience in business. Will you ever be able to give the devil his due and admit the Trump successes that Skud mentioned?

skudrunner said...

I didn't say you didn't need to be on your toe with any business dealings with anyone. A handshake is no longer a valid reason to do business with someone.

I did notice a theme in your examples, Allege. Business is messy and there are all kinds of crooks. We need look no further than our elected elite to find corruption on a massive scale but they just smile and collect because they know they will get away with it. They can steal millions and go on about their business but don't let them have an affair 20 years ago because they will be hung by the non journalists talking heads.

Not in a Million years said...


Anonymous said...

I'd hope Michelle Wolf's tax returns for the past five years are in good order...I suspect someone will be taking a close look at them.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Skud, my friend, I notice in your reply on #45's crooked business dealings that you make excuses for him. You are aware, I'm sure, that business people can be and often are honest and trustworthy. I've dealt with many myself. Trump is not one of them. He's a scumbag where it comes to paying for services rendered. But Goopers will forever overlook or make excuses because he recently put an "R" after his sordid name. That's a shame and that's what's known as situational ethics. Those are what the so-called Xtian Evangelicals practice by support the immoral pig in the White House. SAD!

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...
Oh Ms.Shaw, this one says, that one says. Obvious you havent had much experience in business. Will you ever be able to give the devil his due and admit the Trump successes that Skud mentioned?"

No. Never. I will never give a scumbag and moral pig any "due." But you're welcome to get in the gutter with Trump, and it appears that's what many Goopers have done. SAD!

Ray Cranston said...

The ReThuglicans give tRump the benefit of the doubt in his shadey business habits? But they accused Hillary and Bill of murder and sex trafficking with no evidence? Interesting look into their twisted minds huh?

Rational Nation USA said...

I've known many business leaders and worked for, and with, more than a few. The majority were honest and ethical leaders. But for a couple of them tRump would have been fired had he ever worked for them.

tRump is a dishonest, unethical, lying scumbag. tRumpanzees and evangelicals swim in a sea of hypocrisy and situational ethics.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Unfortunately, yes, RN. The current far righties have sold their souls to the Devil for political advantage. They will pay dearly for it.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ray, good point. The far righties overlook all of Trump's sordid dishonesty, yet are eager to spread any vicious rumor about Hillary. They are as morally repugnant as #45 is.

Kevin Robbins said...

I'd hope Michelle Wolf's tax returns for the past five years are in good order...I suspect someone will be taking a close look at them.

Not as close a look as the IRS specialists on Mueller's team are taking at Trump's financials.

Anonymous said...

Well RN, Trump was the one doing the hiring and the firing

Anonymous said...

Damn Kevin, you're still putting all you chips on Mueller?

Kevin Robbins said...

Believe whatever you want, it's not worth it to debate you. Besides I'm busy trying to decide if Tillerson or Kelly is right. What do you think? Is Trump a moron or idiot?

Rational Nation USA said...

We know you liked the Apprentice anonymous.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Kevin: "...I'm busy trying to decide if Tillerson or Kelly is right. What do you think? Is Trump a moron or idiot?"

They're both correct: Trump is a moronic idiot. And his own people say so! Anonymou can't handle the truth. LOL!

Kevin Robbins said...

Apparently, Mueller is playing 48 questions with Trump and the financials haven't even come up yet.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, a moronic idiot will be the one to unite North and South Korea...yikes

Anonymous said...

Do you folks just detest DJT as a man or do you also detest him policies?
Do you folks detest a vastly improved economy? Do you forks detest a strong foreign policy? Do you folks detest stronger border security? Perhaps you'll have some interesting andwers,but I'd guess it will be your standard name calling and bitterness

Flying Junior said...

Trump has no love for Israel. He only had a fleeting bromance with his RW authoritarian erstwhile friend, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Like any other friendship that the monster has ever put together, it last no longer than it provides him with money, sex or political cover.

Shaw Kenawe said...

F.J., Nuttyyahoo has provided zero evidence for his claim that Iran violated the nuclear deal. Nuttyyahoo would love America to go to war with Iran, and Trump is the perfect dupe for him to get the US to do it.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Anonymous: "Do you folks just detest DJT as a man or do you also detest him policies?"

We detest him and him policies.

"Do you forks detest a strong foreign policy?"

We forks, knives, and spoons detest "him" foreign policies too. He's a forkin' embarrassment to this once great nation.

We're not bitter, we're woke. As is a majority of Americans. People like "Anonymous" are oblivious to the havoc and chaos #45 has brought to the U.S.

Policies? Let's take his "tax cuts for the forgotten" -- a domestic policy, for example:


And this for his foreign policy, for example:

Trump’s Steel-Tariff Deadline Looms, With Allies on Edge
Steel producers in Europe, other nations watch whether they will get hit with steep U.S. tariffs at midnight
--Wall Street Journal

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...
Hmmm, a moronic idiot will be the one to unite North and South Korea...yikes"

If you actually believe #45 had anything to do with that, you'd probably have signed up for a course in critical thinking at Trump University.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Kevin, Mueller will ask questions and #45 will lie.

Shaw Kenawe said...


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I miss the days when all the President's men weren't constantly having to deny calling him a moron or an idiot.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Here's another one for the "Anonymous" who believes #45's domestic policies are good for the country:

“There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers,” the Florida senator told the Economist in a recent interview. “In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.” --Marco Rubio, Republican Senator