The same Government that wants us to “Trust Them” with our health care can’t even manage dead people?

After the Democrats said “Trust us” and “You’ll just have to pass it to see what’s in it” with their Health Care Deform bill, despite our protests and polls showing a majority was against the measure, they passed it anyway.

One argument against the bill was “Look at what Government has done to Social Security! To Medicare! Want more now?”

They did. Much more.

Now it’s coming out that the same idiots who thought they knew best how to manage our lives are showing they can’t even manage the deceased;

WASHINGTON – A Senate Democrat says that as many as 6,600 graves at Arlington National Cemetery could be misidentified because managers there didn’t do their job properly.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., spoke at a hearing Thursday, where the cemetery’s former superintendent and deputy superintendent were scheduled to testify.

McCaskill says she believes that between 4,900 and 6,600 graves may be unmarked or mislabeled on cemetery maps.

The estimate far exceeds one given by Army investigators last month that some 211 remains could be affected by the graves scandal

A man named John Metzler was in charge at Arlington for some 19 years, and was questioned by a Senate panel after the Army IG pretty much accused him of dereliction in his duties as manager;

Metzler and his deputy, Thurman Higginbotham, were forced to retire after Army investigators found that as many as 211 graves were unmarked or misidentified. The report by the Army Inspector General’s office
accused Metzler of repeatedly failing to ensure burials were being done properly and of failing to respond after unmarked graves were discovered.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of an oversight panel on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that her investigation has revealed far higher estimates of the number of graves affected. McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said she believes that between 4,900 and 6,600 graves may be unmarked or mislabeled on cemetery maps.

Kathryn Condon, who was hired to fix the cemetery’s problems, testified that the Army was still trying to determine exactly how many burial sites could be affected. But, she said, “I am confident there are probably other map errors” beyond the 211 sites initially identified by Army investigators.

Metzler said an inspector general finding that more than 100 graves lacked a headstone or burial card was not entirely accurate and that it was mostly internal working maps used by cemetery employees that were mislabeled.

Metzler insisted that discrepancies on those maps wouldn’t necessarily affect operations.

He also said any problems that came up over the years were quickly fixed and suggested he was surprised by the findings of the Army’s Inspector General.

His testimony angered and confused lawmakers.

“The notion that you would come in here and act like you didn’t know about it until a month ago is offensive. You did know about it, and you did nothing,” McCaskill said.

A visibly frustrated Sen. Scott Brown abruptly ended his questioning.

“I’d have a lot of fun with you in a deposition because I don’t think we’re getting straight talk here,” said Brown, R-Mass.

It’s all that we have come to expect from Government managed anything these days, and still they want more.

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About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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