In case you missed the big story of the week….and no, it was Bobo Obama’s “big” speech to the cadets at West Point, which turned out to be a yawn fest for those in attendance as well as the media, and hell, might as well throw the rest of us in there as well. No, the big story was Eric Shinseki finally calling it quits in one of the least surprising moves in a LONG time!
Shinseki was being besieged by an ever increasing number of people in his own party to call it a career. First it was US Senate candidates trying to unseat Republicans. Next it was members of the Senate and House that were in tight races and didn’t want to be caught backing the wrong horse through the clubhouse turn. Finally, the rest of the party jumped on board. Funny thing. Nothing has changed at VA.
Nor will it until the REAL honcho in this mess, Bobo himself, decides to institute changes. But see, that’s not going to happen. In his resignation to Bobo, Shinseki said the VA needed new leadership and he doesn’t want to be a distraction. Bobo agreed saying, “We don’t have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem”.
Now wait a minute. Didn’t Obama know about the problems at VA BEFORE he took office? Why, all of a sudden after five and a half years in office doesn’t he have time for distractions? He hasn’t done a damn thing to fix the problem to date. What’s the big rush? And if you’re going to use the same logic, can’t you apply the same thinking to any of the other 14 scandals his White House is currently slogging through? Does Bobo have time for distractions with the IRS Scandal? How about the Justice Department scandals involving the Associated Press, and Fox News’ James Rosen? What about Benghazi? Hell, Obama has CAUSED more distractions for Benghazi than he’s tried to fix. And all it’s gotten him is terrible approval numbers, a loss of credibility, and the whole country thinking that Hillary Clinton isn’t a leader (which by the way is true).
So where do we go from here? Well, to fix the problems, the Senate needs to pass a House bill that gives the VA Secretary power to fire people found to be cooking the books, and incompetent. As long as Harry Reid is in there, that won’t happen because Harry Reid isn’t a leader and doesn’t want to take a stand on anything against the party-line. He’s a hack. In order to fix the problems, Obama needs to nominate a leader. That’s something he hasn’t done in his tenure as president. Name one cabinet member that has been a leader in the true sense of the word. You can’t because he hasn’t. And the reason he hasn’t is because he doesn’t know what a leader is. He’s not a leader, and doesn’t know the skill sets to look for. He looks for political operatives that need a payback of some sort.
What needs to be done, is someone, anyone needs to go in to the VA and clean house. They need to investigate hospital by hospital. Those found to have longer wait times than they have said in their reports are to be fired. In fact, close the whole hospital down and give the veterans the opportunity to use private hospitals outside the VA system for whatever they need. The government is great at writing checks. Let me write the checks.
We’ve seen how poorly the government functions when you have to have a mega-bureaucracy to run something. I’m not saying that running a hospital is an easy task. But I’m saying it’s being done in the private sector without any problems. Why not let those folks run it, and the federal government can write the checks for it. Hospitals that are found to be defrauding or over-charging the government will lose their license, and the hospital administrator and the doctors involved will be jailed. Period. THAT is how to get around this problem. The VA Hospitals that are running well (and I’m sure that there are some somewhere), don’t have to worry. They can keep doing what they’re doing. But you notify ALL VA personnel right now that effective immediately, and for the foreseeable future, there will be no raises, and no bonuses coming their way. Done.
That is how to fix this mess. And I did it in less than 1000 words. Obama can certainly do it in two years. Oh….but he’s gotta have some balls to do it…and we know about the cajones problem, don’t we?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!