After several years of investigation, the former CIA director and retired four-star general, David Petraeus, is expected to plead guilty to mishandling classified information as part of a plea agreement that was announced Mar. 3 by the Justice Department. According to the New York Times, Petraeus could face up to one year in prison, though prosecutors will likely recommend two years probation and a $40,000 fine.
The investigation began back in 2012 after Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, came to light, and culminated in Petraeus resigning his post as the director of the CIA. Petraeus had been America’s most-lauded and respected general; as much a celebrity as he was a soldier. During his trial, court documents revealed that the retired general left classified information at a D.C. residence where Broadwell was staying.
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.