Letters to the editor, July 2

Worry about U.S.
The editorial of June 21 and Marty Moore’s column of the same day are on different sides of a fence regarding the situation in Iraq. I agree with Moore.
Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. For the last 30 years or so we have tried to change tribal cultures to democracies. That is insanity in the truest Einsteinian sense.
What justification has our country to try to make other countries democracies, when we are no longer a democracy but rather a wealth oligarchy: a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people or organizations? This reminds me of a bumper sticker that stated, “I will believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.”
How can we expect to change others when we are such a mess? Would a 21st-century Lincoln say, “Government by the powerful for the powerful?” We should solve our own problems before we try to solve those of others.
John B. Mooney
VA has money
Concerning the VA funding, letter writers Deron Mikal and Nick Morana are wrong in saying the problems of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System can be corrected with more money. The VA has a huge budget.
This started when the story emerged in Phoenix when a whistleblower claimed that up to 40 veterans died waiting for as long as two years for care at a VA hospital. They also claimed that schedulers hid waiting-time lists of these patients to maintain a sign of efficiency so hospital executives could qualify for bonuses.
And there lies the problem. Bonuses for supposedly doing their jobs. Taxpayers should not have to pay taxes so a government employee can get a bonus. These bonuses cost $400 million.
So you can’t say there isn’t enough funding. Give me a break. This is nonpartisan. Let the private sector run the VA. This just proves the government cannot and should not run health care.
Janet Paus
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