Happy Memorial Day From The Arizona GOP!

5 comments May 24th, 2008at 03:19pm Posted by Eli

I’m not sure the troops (or veterans, as the case may be) can survive much more support…

State health inspectors declared that Arizona’s nursing home for veterans was again putting its patients in immediate jeopardy after being called to the home on Thursday.

State Department of Health Services director Susan Gerard said licensing inspectors arrived at the Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix after hearing that a patient who couldn’t care for himself was discharged, driven home and left to fend for himself.

The inspectors concluded that the case was so egregious that they would not leave the facility and declared its patients in immediate jeopardy, Gerard said Friday. That’s the worst possible rating for a nursing home.

After working with staff to make sure discharge policies were modified to their satisfaction, they left.

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The 200-bed facility was in a similar spot in March 2007 when inspectors found neglected patients and mismanagement. That led to the resignation of state Department of Veterans’ Services director Patrick Chorpenning.

Chorpenning is suing the state, contending that he was forced to resign from the position and defamed.

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Inspectors reported cases of patients burning themselves with cigarettes, left in soiled clothes and bedding and being ignored when calling for help.

The veterans’ home was hit with more than $20,000 in state and federal fines. Lawmakers gave the department an additional $6.1 million to hire more than 40 new staff, raise nursing salaries, replace equipment and make other improvements.

A new administration was hired and the governor appointed retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Richard Maxon to lead the agency and clean up the nursing home mess. He announced earlier this month that he would retire on July 1.

In the latest case, a diabetic recovering after being hospitalized with a brain injury was reported to have no medication when investigators from the state’s Adult Protective Services checked on him at home in response to a complaint. They reported their findings Thursday to licensing officials at the Health Services Department.

The Napolitano administration hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory here, but guess which party controls the state legislature and budget?

I have never understood how the Republicans sustain the massive cognitive dissonance between their stridently pro-troops brand and their consistently fuck-the-troops policies.  I would love to see the Democrats hammer the hypocrisy mercilessly in this year’s elections… and all future ones.

(h/t bmaz)

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

5 Comments

  • 1. Michael  |  May 24th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Republicans couldn’t give a shit about the troops, they like war.

  • 2. Charles  |  May 25th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    When Republicans say “troops,” they mean “officer corps.”

    Just like when they say “people,” they mean “people making a million a year or more.”

    So, when they say “People want tax cuts more than they want government services,” it makes perfect sense. “People think the economy is great.” “The troops support the mission.”

    See how easy it is to understand what they’re saying when you understand that anyone who does the working or the dying is invisible?

  • 3. Cujo359  |  May 25th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I have never understood how the Republicans sustain the massive cognitive dissonance between their stridently pro-troops brand and their consistently fuck-the-troops policies.

    I think it’s for the same reason that dogs lick their crotches – because they can.

    It would be really nice if they couldn’t any more. I’m not sure how much reprogramming the voting public requires to bring about that state of affairs, though.

  • 4. Eli  |  May 25th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    When Republicans say “troops,” they mean “officer corps.”

    Just like when they say “people,” they mean “people making a million a year or more.”

    You’re right about the “people,” (although it also works, slightly less well, if you simply exclude Democrats and Independents from your definition of “people”), but I disagree about the troops. I don’t think the officer corps is that much more on board with the war than the rest of the troops, although I’m sure there’s a cadre of psychopaths and Republican loyalists who are.

    I think “troops” is probably more accurately defined as “neocons and war profiteers”. They’re *very* much in favor of the war, and very well supported by the Republicans.

  • 5. Eli  |  May 25th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I think it’s for the same reason that dogs lick their crotches – because they can.

    It would be really nice if they couldn’t any more. I’m not sure how much reprogramming the voting public requires to bring about that state of affairs, though.

    Yeah, that’s what I’m getting at – how do they get away with it when it’s so obvious and blatant? Oh, right – they own the media. Nevermind.


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