Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Veterans Affairs Secretary Expresses ‘Regret’ For Disneyland Comments



Veterans Affairs Secretary Expresses ‘Regret’ For Disneyland Comments
by Charlie Spiering 25 May 2016
President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs expressed “regret” for comparing VA hospital wait times to the lines at Disneyland — 30 hours after making the comments during a breakfast with reporters in Washington D.C.

“If my comments Monday led any Veterans to believe that I, or the dedicated workforce I am privileged to lead, don’t take that noble mission seriously, I deeply regret that,” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Republicans immediately condemned his statement but McDonald at first refused to apologize, which only fueled the controversy.

In response, Senator Joni Ernst and Sen. Roy Blunt called for McDonald’s resignation.

A Democrat, Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Iraq war veteran who lost both of her legs in Iraq also condemned the statements.

“Comparing abhorrent wait times to a trip to Disneyland is unbelievably tone-deaf and hurtful to American heroes desperately in need of care,” Duckworth said in a statement.

But McDonald was defensive of his two years as VA Secretary, replacing Obama’s first appointee who resigned as a result of officials falsifying wait times.

“It was never my intention to suggest that I don’t take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously,” McDonald said in his statement. “In fact, improving access to care is my number one priority and the priority I have set for the entire department.”

McDonald
Robert A. McDonald is the secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration, and was the chairman & president & CEO for the Procter & Gamble Company.

Note: Tammy Duckworth was the assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration, is an advisory board member for the Center for National Policy, and an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project.
Madeleine K. Albright was the president for the Center for National Policy, is an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank).
Roy Blunt is a trustee at the Truman Scholarship Foundation, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the International Rescue Committee, and the Aspen Institute (think tank). 
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, and Daisy M. Soros’s brother-in-law. 
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank).  
Eric K. Shinseki was a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Togo D. West Jr. is a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and was the secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Chuck Hagel was the chairman for the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a professor at Georgetown University, and the deputy administrator for the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Madeleine K. Albright is an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a professor at Georgetown University, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, and was the president for the Center for National Policy.
Roy Blunt is a trustee at the Truman Scholarship Foundation, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Tammy Duckworth is an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, an advisory board member for the Center for National Policy, and was the assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration.
Robert A. McDonald is the secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration, and was the chairman & president & CEO for the Procter & Gamble Company.
Margaret C. Whitman is a director at the Procter & Gamble Company, and was a SVP for the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland).
John E. Pepper Jr. was the chairman for the Procter & Gamble Company, and a chairman for the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland).
Susan E. Arnold was a division president at the Procter & Gamble Company, and is a director at the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland).
Michael D. Eisner was the chairman & CEO for the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland), and is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Madeleine K. Albright is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a professor at Georgetown University, an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, and was the president for the Center for National Policy.
Roy Blunt is a trustee at the Truman Scholarship Foundation, and a U.S. Senate senator.
Tammy Duckworth is an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, an advisory board member for the Center for National Policy, and was the assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration.
Daisy M. Soros is George Soros’s sister-in-law, and a leader’s council member for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Louise Sunshine is a leader’s council member for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and was the EVP for the Trump Organization.
Stephen F. Bollenbach was the CFO for the Trump Organization, and a senior EVP & CFO for the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland).
Donald Trump is the chairman & president for the Trump Organization, and the candidate for the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Susan E. Arnold is a director at the Walt Disney Company (Disneyland), and was a division president at the Procter & Gamble Company.
Robert A. McDonald was the chairman & president & CEO for the Procter & Gamble Company, and is the secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Barack Obama administration.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton Abandons ‘Woman Card’ — on Recommendation from Emily’s List



Hillary Clinton Abandons ‘Woman Card’ — on Recommendation from Emily’s List
by Alex Swoyer 24 May 2016Washington, DC
Hillary Clinton has stopped “explicitly mentioning” that she would be the first woman president less than one month after Donald Trump first accused her campaign of “playing the woman card.”

A research report completed by Emily’s List, which is a Democratic organization that supports female candidates for abortion rights, suggests the likely Democratic nominee should “de-emphasize the ‘first’ talk” in reference to being the first woman on top of a political party’s ticket and possibly the first woman president.

“They already know she’d be the first woman president,” the report stated, referencing donors, adding, “But we don’t get anything by reminding them.”

According to the Associated Press, speaking about being the first female president was not benefiting the candidate.

“Clinton has stopped explicitly mentioning her role in history and joking about being the “youngest woman president.” That’s by design: Those kinds of direct appeals weren’t working with voters,” reports the Associated Press.

“Hillary Clinton has been through a lot of fires in her life and her career,” Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock stated.

In late April, now-presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump accused Clinton of playing the “woman card” to distract from her poor record in the Senate and Obama’s State Department. At first, Clinton agreed and amplified Trump’s attack, using the slogan “Deal Me In” and distributing a physical Woman Card to supporters. However, it appears that the data from Emily’s List has forced her to soften this approach.

Emily’s List
Joe Solmonese was the CEO for EMILY's List, and is a board member at the Priorities USA Action.

Note: Priorities USA Action is supporting the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Amy P. Goldman was a major donor for EMILY's List, and a contributor for Priorities USA Action.
Stephanie Schriock is the president of EMILY's List, and a board member for Priorities USA Action.
Geoffrey Garin is a strategic researcher for EMILY's List, a strategist for Priorities USA Action, was a pollster for the Pew Charitable Trusts, a strategic researcher for the AFL-CIO, and a strategic researcher for the American Federation of Teachers.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Media Matters, the Brookings Institution (think tank), and People for the American Way.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, an investor in Catalist, is a co-chair, national finance council for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), and the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.       
Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary) supported the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Nancy Beeuwkes was a contributor for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), a major donor for EMILY's List.
Susie Tompkins Buell is a national finance council member the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), was a contributor for the Ready PAC (Ready For Hillary), a donor for Media Matters, a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a member of the Hillary Clinton California Women's Leadership Council, and a contributor for EMILY's List.
Sheryl K. Sandberg was a member of the Hillary Clinton California Women's Leadership Council, a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and is a director at the Women for Women International.
Andrea E. Bernstein is a director at the Women for Women International, and was a director at the National Park Foundation.
Ellen R. Malcolm is a director at the National Park Foundation, and the founder & chair for EMILY's List.
Amy K. Dacey was an executive director for EMILY's List, and a government relations director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
EMILY's List is a Catalist client, and a national partner with America Votes.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a national partner with America Votes, and was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Kirk Adams is a board of manager’s member for Catalist, an international EVP for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), married to Cecile Richards, and was an organizing director for the AFL-CIO.
AFL-CIO is a national partner with America Votes.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a national partner with America Votes.
Cecile Richards was the founder & president of America Votes, is married to Kirk Adams, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Barbra Streisand Foundation was a funder for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Margery Tabankin is the treasurer for the Barbra Streisand Foundation, and a director at the People for the American Way.
People for the American Way is a national partner with America Votes.
EMILY's List is a national partner with America Votes, and a Catalist client.
Joe Solmonese was the CEO for EMILY's List, and is a board member at the
Priorities USA Action.
Amy P. Goldman was a major donor for EMILY's List, and a contributor for Priorities USA Action.
Stephanie Schriock is the president of EMILY's List, and a board member for Priorities USA Action.
Priorities USA Action is supporting the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.