Must-see morning clip: Our leaders suffer from Post-Bureaucratic Stress Disorder

Jon Stewart wonders why more people aren't outraged over the scandal within the VA hospital system

Prachi Gupta
May 20, 2014 4:56PM (UTC)

On Monday night, Jon Stewart pulled out his swear jar again, outraged of the ongoing scandal within the Department of Veteran Affairs. VA Chief Eric Shinseki recently testified in Congress to acknowledge that several VA Hospitals across the country falsified data about patient wait times, delays that put patients in danger -- in some cases, fatal.

Lots of people claim to be angry over this, but Stewart doesn't see any signs of outrage. He calls it "Post-Bureaucratic Stress Disorder."


"Here's what disgusts me," Stewart said, excoriating the system. "Somehow, we as a country were able to ship 300,000 troops halfway across the world in just a few months to fight in a war that cost us $2 trillion...yet for some reason, it takes longer than that to get someone hurt in that war needed medical care or reimbursement. All while we profess undying love for their service."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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