Another day, another scandal and another opportunity for politicians to rush to the microphones and declare outrage.
This month’s scandal is the negligent medical care and falsified waiting lists at the VA. One of the outraged politicians is U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is calling for an FBI investigation of criminal activity.
I looked into Graham’s own recent background and found that he has been on the Senate Committee on Armed Services for at least the last four years and on the Senate Committee on Veteran Services for at least two.
On the Armed Services Committee, he has been the ranking member of the personnel subcommittee, which according to its website “has jurisdiction over all matters relating to active and reserve military personnel, including ... military health care ...”
It seems these assignments include some responsibility for oversight of the VA. Instead, Graham is doing his best imitation of Captain Renault in Casablanca, who uttered “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here.”
After all is said and done, I am sure there are plenty of responsible parties who could and should have been able to identify and address the problems at the VA long before now. Unfortunately, Graham is one of these.
This year, Graham is running for a third Senate term and is being challenged in the June 10 primary by six other candidates.
With low approval ratings, he may find himself in a runoff election, and we will have the chance to replace him with a senator who will take on tough issues.