GREAT Idea You Had There, Skippy

And the result of your shameless vote buying “unintended consequences”?

Your pandering asshat-ism is dumping vets into the street.

Minimum wage order sends veterans packing from nursing homes

Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home. It’s an unintended consequence of President Obama’s executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport’s Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors. If they refuse to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed.

Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he got the news that the home’s contract will end this month.

“We fought all your wars, and now we’re broke. Where do we go from here?” Crain asks.

“We gotta go. Simple as that. We gotta go,” says Vietnam War Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient John Washington.

“I think it’s very wrong. I think it’s very distasteful,” Washington goes on to say about Shreveport Manor’s decision. “I mean some of these people here work their backsides off to keep this place going,” he said, pointing to a woman changing his bed.

Shreveport Manor is owned by Gamble Guest Care. Their Chief Operating Officer says if they raise wages for workers there, they have to do that at all eight of their facilities.

In a statement, Gamble COO Matt Machen said, in part,

“The additional labor expenses are simply unaffordable. As such, many long term care providers have indicated that they will no longer seek or renew V.A. contracts.

Franks at the V.A. agrees that this has the potential to be a national problem as more V.A. contracts with nursing homes expire.

“Has the POTENTIAL” to be a problem?!

And just what the doctor ordered for the VA right now, wouldn’t you say?

6 Responses to “GREAT Idea You Had There, Skippy”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    I guess he’ll have to issue another waiver.

    Oh wait, this is affecting vets.

    Never mind.

  2. David Crawford says:

    Actions have consequences? Well slap my face and call me embarrassed, I never knew that.

  3. Gunslinger says:

    Emperor Puttz screwing the troops yet again and the left side of the aisle pretends not to notice. Would it be wrong of me to openly pray for a military coup?

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well, yeah, it would 🙂

  5. JeffS says:

    For President Jug Ears, this is a feature, not a bug.

  6. aelfheld says:

    Nota bene: there is a difference between ‘unintended’ and ‘unforeseen’.

    To borrow a bit from Theodore Dalrymple, this president couldn’t predict lava during a volcanic eruption.

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