Politics Over Veterans in Unions and on the Left


Well, at least one government labor union representative has remorse that she didn’t sooner tell the Republicans who actually did something about atrocious behavior at Veterans Affairs facilities because they were Republicans:

“If I would’ve gone to him two years ago, who knows what kind of lives could’ve been saved,” Germaine Clarno told a radio interviewer Monday, referring to the Republican leader of a VA subcommittee. Clarno, a lifelong Democrat and social worker at the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Hines, Ill., was president of the union representing doctors at the hospital as the deadly wait-time scandal unfolded.

On the other hand:

But there is no remorse in Wisconsin. The union is now running ads against [Republican Senator Ron] Johnson, faulting him for not acting on information he was never given. The public employees union is campaigning for Russ Feingold, a Democrat who preceded Johnson in office and is now running to retake the seat.

Maybe someday Americans will look back at this era of our history and marvel at how little we resisted despite the obvious and predictable harm when a particular ideology and labor structure brought together a political party, labor unions, and cultural institutions all in the service of an ideology placed above the country they were supposed to be serving and even the lives of people like the veterans who have died for lack of care.