Op-Ed: "Valor and Squalor" - (The Other Walter Reed - Washington Post) - Paul Krugman - The New York Times

Op-Ed: "Valor and Squalor" - (The Other Walter Reed - Washington Post) - Paul Krugman - The New York Times

by: Paul Krugman | publication date: March 5, 2007 | Publication: The New York Times | pages: A19

"But as with FEMA, the Bush administration has done all it can to undermine that achievement. And the Walter Reed scandal is another Hurricane Katrina: the moment when the administration’s misgovernment became obvious to everyone.The problem starts with money. The administration uses carefully cooked numbers to pretend that it has been generous to veterans, but the historical data contained in its own budget for fiscal 2008 tell the true story. The quagmire in Iraq has vastly increased the demands on the Veterans Administration, yet since 2001 federal outlays for veterans’ medical care have actually lagged behind overall national health spending."

An Op-Ed exploring how the Walter Reed scandal is emblematic of Bush's presidency and why, unlike Salon's 2005 Walter Reed coverage, the Washington Post's series attracted so much attention.

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