Shinseki: Now I’m committed to making the VA work after five-plus years on the job, or something; Update: Warner calls for his resignation

posted at 12:01 pm on May 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Can Eric Shinseki save his job after the publication of a damning Inspector General report about systemic fraud on his watch over the last five years? Yesterday, Democrats in the House and Senate shifted from defending Shinseki to joining Republicans in demanding his resignation, and the impotent White House response of Shinseki being on “probation” after five-plus years on the job didn’t do much to stem the tide. The embattled VA Secretary penned a column for USA Today in which he pledged to “restore integrity” to his agency — which calls into question what he’s been doing since January 2009:

The findings of the interim report of VA’s Office of Inspector General on the Phoenix VA Health Care System are reprehensible to me and to this department, and we are not waiting to set things straight. …

We are doing all we can to accelerate access to care throughout our system and in communities where veterans reside. I’ve challenged our leadership to ensure we are doing everything possible to schedule veterans for their appointments. We, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, are redoubling our efforts, with commitment and compassion, to restore integrity to our processes to earn veterans’ trust.

Read through the whole essay to discover just how little Shinseki has to say on this subject. It’s mostly a regurgitation of what Shinseki has done over the past month after the scandal erupted, such as demanding a nationwide audit, and getting an independent assessment of what happened in Phoenix while placing the management team on (paid) leave a month ago.

What’s missing? Accountability. There isn’t one word of explanation about what Shinseki has done over the last five and a half years since taking over the Department of Veteran Affairs to prevent this kind of systemic fraud and widespread collapse, even after having his budget increased by 78% during his tenure by Congress. In the past six budget cycles, Shinseki has received $235 billion in extra funding over the FY2008 baseline for the VA budget. Where did the money go? What has Shinseki been doing for the past five-plus years? He writes this essay as if he’d just landed on the job, not as if he’d been in charge all along.

Not coincidentally, his management team took the same approach to their testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where that approach succeeded in angering everyone.  Freshman House Republican Jackie Walorski teed off on three VA witnesses who tried using the Shinseki Defense – now they’re working hard, so talking about the past is somehow off-limits. One witness, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs Joan Mooney, called the facts “reprehensible” but refused to answer whether she should be held responsible for them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xHcmdW_3I&feature=youtu.be

Walorski wasn’t alone in going after Mooney and assistant deputy undersecretary for health Thomas Lynch:

Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe, a physician and veteran of the Army Medical Corps, summed up the mood on Capitol Hill when he addressed Dr. Thomas Lynch, the VA’s assistant deputy undersecretary for health.

Noting that the three officials at the witness table are well-paid but presided over a system that ignored the needs of cash-strapped veterans who are locked into the VA health system, he leveled a sledgehammer at Lynch.

‘What I don’t understand is, as a veteran – as a doctor, as a practitioner – I don’t understand how you can stand at a mirror and look at yourself in the mirror, and shave in the morning, and not throw up,’ he said, ‘knowing that you’ve got people out there … how in the world?’ …

‘Why have you not told this committee yet who was disciplined in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina, where nine veterans died because they were on a waiting list for colonoscopies?’ [Rep. Jeff] Miller asked [Mooney].

Mooney deflected the question, saying that her office had ‘responded to more than 100,000 requests for information,’  but Miller was unimpressed.

‘Ma’am! Ma’am! Ma’am! Ma’am!’ he exclaimed. ‘Veterans died! Get us the answers, please!’

‘I understand that, Mr. Chairman,’ Mooney replied, and I will look —’

‘That’s what you said three months ago!’ Miller boomed. ‘This has been going on since January. Since January.’

This entire episode demonstrates what happens in systems with no competitive pressure and no real accountability to its customers. In my column at The Fiscal Times, I argue that the issue is really the single-payer system of the VA that incentivizes opacity and fraud while leaving veterans with no other choices for medical care, and that the VA isn’t the only example of the problem in the federal government:

Even as Congress launched the effort to pass the Affordable Health Care Act in mid-2009, the Associated Press reported that IHS spent only two-thirds per capita on health care for Native Americans than federal prisons did on felons. “On some reservations,” the AP noted, “the oft-quoted refrain is ‘don’t get sick after June,’ when the federal dollars run out.” Congress did nothing to fix IHS while pushing the ACA to approval despite popular opposition to the proposal.

The Department of Defense system came under heavy criticism during the final two years of the Bush administration. The Washington Post ran an expose´ in February 2007 on the crown jewel of the network, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, citing patient neglect and poor living conditions. The scandal cost one general his job, and once again highlighted the lack of accountability in the single-payer systems run by government. …

In no other organizational structure except a government-run single-payer system would this take place. If these veterans had a choice of where to seek medical care, they would not have abided average wait times of 115 days to see a doctor, let alone waiting months just to show up on a wait list in the first place. Only the lack of all other options kept these veterans trapped in the nightmare of VA systems, in Phoenix and around the country.

Only in a government-run system like this would fraud have gone undetected by executive management, because customers would have walked out long before circumstances reached the extremis discovered by the IG.

Let’s not forget, too, that VA executives in the Obama administration have been repeatedly warned – in the transition in 2008, and in writing in 2010, and 2012 – of wait-list fraud, and did nothing about it. Even now, no one has been held accountable for the massive failure and fraud that may have costs the lives of dozens of veterans.

Eric Shinseki and the entire management structure that allowed this fraud to flourish need to get fired, and the sooner the better. However, the problems at the VA go deeper than personnel. We need to provide our veterans with the widest range possible of choices for their medical care so that they are never again trapped in a bureaucracy filled with cover-your-butt managers and executives who would rather hide their failure than treat our veterans. It’s long past time to end the single-payer system at the VA.

Update: Add Virginia Senate Democrat Mark Warner to the list of those calling for his resignation:

Warner faces a challenge from Ed Gillespie this November, but hasn’t been considered particularly vulnerable. Either Warner’s more worried about the midterms than conventional wisdom would suggest, or Obama’s support for keeping Shinseki on the job is almost completely evaporating.

Update: For some reason, I thought Rep. Walorski was a Democrat — even though I interviewed her at CPAC a few years ago, and wrote about her race. Talk about brain fade. Anyway, I’ve fixed it above.


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It’s by design.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The VA scandal is just to distract from Obamacare.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Shinseki would just be the convenient fall guy for Obama..

sandee on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Looks like Shinseki want more people to ride the train with him…

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

They should all resign. Anything else is just window dressing.

LeftCoastRight on May 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

It’s like every other Obama Administration policy or program: you can’t judge whether it has worked unless you throw several trillion dollars at it and wait 10-20 years. All will be well, just give it time and all your money.

JeremiahJohnson on May 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

The VA scandal is just to distract from Obamacare.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The VA scandal IS Obamacare. Canary in the mineshaft.

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The VA scandal is just to distract from Obamacare.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It actually is a foreshadowing of ObamaCare will be…..

Shinseki would just be the convenient fall guy for Obama..

sandee on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Shinseki Got VA Job for Criticizing Bush

http://www.newsmax.com/US/Rush-Limbaugh-Eric-Shinseki-VA-waiting-list/2014/05/27/id/573623/

redguy on May 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

No one is going to get fired. If Shinseki has the nerve to pen this letter ONE day after the first damming report from the VA IG, he already knows his backside is covered.

Walter L. Newton on May 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Shitseki is on leave.

He’s just there until the oaf, who’s chief, can figure out who will take his place, which stooge of his.

In Japan Shitseki is persona non grata.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Can Eric Shinseki save his job after the publication of a damning Inspector General report about systemic fraud on his watch over the last five years?

No. My prediction is that it will be part of tomorrow’s afternoon news dump.

The reality is that the pressure is mounting, there are 42 VA facilities under investigation and that number is growing. The stories of murdered and maimed patients within a system that Shinseki presided over for years with ever increasing budgets can not be ignored. He’s toast.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

A 500-pound canary…

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Obama 2008: “VA will be ‘leader of health care reform’”
Obama 2014: “Better late then never…eh?”

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

We, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, are redoubling our efforts, with commitment and compassion, to restore integrity to our processes to earn veterans’ trust.

How can you do that with the same bureaucrats who created this criminal syndicate (theft via fraud.)

In my column at The Fiscal Times, I argue that the issue is really the single-payer system of the VA that incentivizes opacity and fraud while leaving veterans with no other choices for medical care, and that the VA isn’t the only example of the problem in the federal government:

The federal bureaucracy is not the enemy of the American people. VA, IRS, NSA, Gibson Guitar situation. It’s endless.

rbj on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Boehner is an idiot of incredible proportions.

He’s still not calling for Shitseki’s dismissal.

It’s not a matter of who gets fired, it’s a matter of who goes to prison. Wake up already.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

getting an independent assessment of what happened in Phoenix while placing the management team on (paid) leave a month ago.

That’s just great. So the corrupt bureaucrats responsible for killing dozens of AZ veterans are being held “accountable” by getting a month long paid vacation at taxpayers’ expense?

This is bull$hit.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

They should all resign. Anything else is just window dressing.

LeftCoastRight on May 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Thieves, crooks, liars and Marxist all share one thing in common, they never resign unless criminal charges are being leveled at them, and even then most of the time they refuse to resign.

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The same people, with the same assets, serving the same customers and with the same organizational structure is NOW going to work well.

Sure.

DublOh7 on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

For me, it’s just further affirmation on how selective the cons/the right has always been in showing any real admiration or respect for those who serve.
 
verbaluce on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

rogerb on May 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The White House this week hosted a forum for the filthy Yeti to rant about assaults on her school lunch reforms, a science fair, and a summit on head injuries in sports. When Obamacare’s website imploded, it was all hands on deck and no expense too great to save the system.

Why isn’t the now clear systemic fraud of the VA system a matter for a White House summit and imediate action? Why does vet-killer Shinseki still have a job.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Why isn’t the now clear systemic fraud of the VA system a matter for a White House summit and imediate action? Why does vet-killer Shinseki still have a job.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Because… Raaaaacism… The science is settle now shut up… /s

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Walorski’s a republican

Jeffster on May 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Shitseki is on leave.

He’s just there until the oaf, who’s chief, can figure out who will take his place, which stooge of his.

In Japan Shitseki is persona non grata.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I’m thinking Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Jeremiah Wright have got to be on the short list …

ShainS on May 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Resign you incompetent fool.

neyney on May 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Resign you incompetent fool.

neyney on May 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Sociopaths, i.e. most Leftists, are characterized by a lack of remorse and shame (among other deficiencies) …

ShainS on May 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The larger picture here, as painted for us by the incompetence on display by Obama and his hand-picked team, is that we don’t really need Secretaries of the Federal Departments.

They aren’t required to know whats going on in their department, they aren’t responsible for what happens in their department…so….what is their purpose?

BobMbx on May 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Lynch and Mooney looked awful throughout the hearing.

Huff is some low-level liaison official who must have been tossed in to provide moral support.

I have no sympathy for Lynch and Mooney, but I don’t get this comment from Ed:

One witness, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs Joan Mooney, called the facts “reprehensible” but refused to answer whether she should be held responsible for them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xHcmdW_3I&feature=youtu.be

What is Mooney saying from about 4:50 to 5:40? Sounds as if she’s accepting responsibility to me. What am I missing?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

BERETS FOR EVERYONE! Problem solved.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Over for Shitseki. Get out!

Oil Can on May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I’m thinking Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Jeremiah Wright have got to be on the short list …

ShainS on May 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Ezekiel Jonathan “Zeke” Emanuel

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

BERETS FOR EVERYONE! Problem solved.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Shitseki had the hard-earned black berets removed…it was the beginning of the PC toilet all the military has become.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Btw, it was GWB who promoted this piece of crap.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Over for Shitseki. Get out!

It’s interesting to see the Dems. in tight races become all caring for the Vets….

sandee on May 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

way to acquiess to the koch funded repuglican narrative stupid dem senators and senate candidates also too stupid to run on the obvious merits of obamacare that people are starting to notice. hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The demorats are doing this to protect the king. By the time it’s all over the meme will be that Dog Eater never appointed Shin Shin, never recommended him for the job, never met him personally, never knew him, never even heard his name, and certainly never said:

“There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki.”

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

way to acquiess to the koch funded repuglican narrative stupid dem senators and senate candidates also too stupid to run on the obvious merits of obamacare that people are starting to notice. hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Huh?

Sock right?

sandee on May 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I must say Shinseki did a fabulous job of getting us solar panels for our VA! They can provide additional power to hide appointments.

Sven on May 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

The demorats are doing this to protect the king. By the time it’s all over the meme will be that Dog Eater never appointed Shin Shin, never recommended him for the job, never met him personally, never knew him, never even heard his name, and certainly never said:

“There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki.”

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

But of course. Obama just became President last week.

Bitter Clinger on May 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

way to acquiess to the koch funded repuglican narrative stupid dem senators and senate candidates also too stupid to run on the obvious merits of obamacare that people are starting to notice. hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

acquiess?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Heh. Not bloody likely. Shinseki is a goner; right now Barry is just trying to decide how to deep six him without getting any splatter on himself. Pretty tough, since he appointed Shinseki

butch on May 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

way to acquiess to the koch funded repuglican narrative stupid dem senators and senate candidates also too stupid to run on the obvious merits of obamacare that people are starting to notice. hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Huh?

Sock right?

sandee on May 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

That’s an insult to socks.

Bitter Clinger on May 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

fits it nicely within this administration

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

friday afternoon news dump in 5…4….3

cmsinaz on May 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Yep – Ezekiel Jonathan “Zeke” Emanuel

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

The demorats are doing this to protect the king. By the time it’s all over the meme will be that Dog Eater never appointed Shin Shin, never recommended him for the job, never met him personally, never knew him, never even heard his name, and certainly never said:
 
“There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki.”
 
Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

 
Jay Carney personally knows three men named Eric Shinseki.

rogerb on May 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Think of how much money we could save if the VA was just an office that sent vouchers out to vets so they could go get decent healthcare in the private system. Better care and Billions in savings!

Free Indeed on May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

In the world of optics, Obama has been Shinsuckied.

You’re Shinsuckied when you have to take responsibility for an underling’s pathetic flowery bromides which exactly match your own pathetic flowery bromides but now you’re responsible for his bromides! In other words, Shinsucki is just doing what his boss does and thus has every reason to think it’s A-OK. He succeeds in making them both look completely out of touch and incompetent.

LetsBfrank on May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Nothing says ineffective like a Congressman banging on a desk at a clueless appointee and calling it oversight.

LetsBfrank on May 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The demorats are doing this to protect the king. By the time it’s all over the meme will be that Dog Eater never appointed Shin Shin, never recommended him for the job, never met him personally, never knew him, never even heard his name, and certainly never said:

“There is no one more distinguished, more determined, or more qualified to build this VA than the leader I am announcing as our next secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki.”

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Bingo, which is why Obama now refers to him as “Ric”

“Hey, I found out about this guy like the rest of you,
on the News”

ToddPA on May 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Jay Carney personally knows three men named Eric Shinseki.

rogerb on May 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

But how many “Rics” does he know??

ToddPA on May 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The main points with all these examples of mega-incompetence is not whether the incumbent survives, but rather, who will replace him/her, with what qualifications, and with what mandate?

Barnestormer on May 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

If “Ric” should resign, may it be the beginning of a period of serious fallout for Obama and his miscreants.
May his fans & supporters be miserable until they hit rock bottom.

22044 on May 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Tell you what, Eric: Give us back your salary and cost of benefits and staff for the last five years of your government employment, and THEN we’ll let you start over.

Socratease on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Accountability.

This administration has no idea what that word means.

I’m waiting to find that ROGUE AGENTS or a VIDEO caused all the problems at the VA.

GarandFan on May 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Why isn’t the now clear systemic fraud of the VA system a matter for a White House summit and imediate action? Why does vet-killer Shinseki still have a job.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Because the President’s political needs outweigh the lives of the vets, just as they outweighed the lives of those who were abandoned to die in Benghazi while in the service of their country.

MissMagnolia on May 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Shinseki was a loser as the US Army Chief of Staff, and is even more of a loser as the Sec VA.

HBowmanMD on May 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Sock right?

sandee

Suck is more like it. It is obsessed with koch for a reason.

xblade on May 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Shinseki-another affirmative action toadstool of the Colin Powell variety. The fact that he’s still around means, unfortunately, he’ll stay around. Shinseki serves both as “useful idiot” and “straw man” to Obama. In fact the sphincter-diving Shinseki makes a “straw man” look like Patton and Rommel combined. Obama needs this total idiot to say “If you think I’m effing up, look at Shinseki!!!!!!!”

MaiDee on May 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

way to acquiess to the koch funded repuglican narrative stupid dem senators and senate candidates also too stupid to run on the obvious merits of obamacare that people are starting to notice. hopefully obamas spine will be stiffer and do what is right instead of politically expedient.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Would you care to enumerate these obvious merits? Difficulty: must be done without using OFA talking points. Bonus: describe how these merits apply to my higher premiums, higher deductibles, higher copays, and smaller network. Impossibility: do the above with correct spelling and grammar.

stvnscott on May 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

What has Shinseki been doing for the past five-plus years? He writes this essay as if he’d just landed on the job, not as if he’d been in charge all along.

Hey, this approach works for Obama all the time. Next thing you know, Shinseki will start claiming that he just found out about all these problems with the VA when he opened up the newspaper in the morning……….

djm1992 on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Warner faces a challenge from Ed Gillespie this November, but hasn’t been considered particularly vulnerable. Either Warner’s more worried about the midterms than conventional wisdom would suggest, or Obama’s support for keeping Shinseki on the job is almost completely evaporating.

Between active duty military, retirees, and vets; Virginia has a very high concentration of individuals concerned about the VA scandal. Warner has already voted to gut military pensions, Ed Gillespie has a real shot at painting the filthy bastard as anti-military.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Um, Jackie Walorski is a Republican, NOT a Democrat.

pjcomix on May 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

He resigns, it looks like Obama is doing something and things will continue as normal. They need to clean out the whole infested system!

Mollymaloo on May 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Shinseki: Now I’m committed to making the VA work after five-plus years on the job, or something; Update: Warner calls for his resignation

So even the Conservative Blogosphere, Fox News, et al are buying into this scapegoating of Shinseki? Really? So, it begins and ends with him just like the IRS scandal began and ended with Lerner. Huh, you learn something new every day.

The VA has always been about controlling and limiting the liabilities of the U.S. government concerning its Veterans. Congress doesn’t want another Bonus Marcher Army camping out in Hoovervilles D.C. Bad for business.

As of late, I think the major push is to do away with military retirement pensions in favor of a 401K system, and to move retirees off of Tricare and other Veterans off of the VA system into a single payer health”care” system.

Might I also predict shorter enlistment terms along the lines of what the Soviets/Russian military does. Train ‘em, have ‘em serve a few years, and kick ‘em out before they accrue too much in the way of rank, pay and benefits. Keep turning them over quickly and have the ranks filled with newbies who haven’t been around long enough to get too comfortable and learn how to game the system.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2014 at 1:58 PM

The thing most transparent about the Obama administration is that competence and hard work are not necessary, or even desired. Those lacking competence or diligence will not suffer any significant consequences from their boss.

It sort of looks like the man in charge does not really care, or simply doesn’t have the right stuff to mete out discipline when due, perhaps because the recipients of that needed discipline might stop liking him.

s1im on May 29, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Next thing you know, Shinseki will start claiming that he just found out about all these problems with the VA when he opened up the newspaper in the morning……….

djm1992 on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Well he can’t very well say that he has known, and done nothing about it, for the five years that he has been in charge of the VA, now can he?

That would make him look like a completely clueless fool who had no business being in the job that the genius, I’m-better-at-their-jobs-than-all-my-subordinates, president Obama appointed him to.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Boehner is an idiot of incredible proportions.

He’s still not calling for Shitseki’s dismissal.

It’s not a matter of who gets fired, it’s a matter of who goes to prison. Wake up already.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It would be understandable to call for his resignation if it was a given that his replacement would be an improvement and make things better for veterans. But this is the Obama Administration -do you really think that whoever they tag for this job is going to be an outstanding, effective manager who will get to the bottom of things and get the VA to run in an efficient, timely, cost effective manner? These are members of the Democratic Bureaucratic Party after all, and they are going to choose someone who will run this place in the best interests of the bureaucracy and maintaining the Bureaucratic Party’s status-quo vision. That’s the only type of person they know how to hire.

Shinseki will undoubtedly get canned soon enough -but why add to the pressure? Let this guy hang as an albatross around the Obama Administration’s and the DemocraticBureaucratic Party’s collective necks for a few more weeks, and remind the nation of their failures and shortcomings a while longer……

djm1992 on May 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Next thing you know, Shinseki will start claiming that he just found out about all these problems with the VA when he opened up the newspaper in the morning……….

djm1992 on May 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Well he can’t very well say that he has known, and done nothing about it, for the five years that he has been in charge of the VA, now can he?

He can try. He’s trying to copy his boss’s penchant for staying in constant campaign mode -the “Limbaugh Theorem.” Never take responsibility for problems, even though they occurred on your watch. Just tell everyone you’re as outraged as they are, and you’re going to do what it takes to get to the bottom of it and fix it, starting right now. Throw in a bit of Blame Bush, a dash of blaming Republicans in Congress, and hope that everyone forgets that you’ve been in charge for the past several years and should have been working on it already.

It’s been working for Barry -and one of the key components of trying to make people think that something isn’t Barry’s fault is when Obama, or one of his spokespersons, says he just found out about some scandal or problem in government when he opened up the paper in the morning. Of course it’s ludicrous to think Shinseki didn’t know about any of this until now -but that doesn’t mean he can’t try to make people think this. Barry does it all the time, and the press just nods their heads in agreement, and moves on to trying to find ways to blame Republicans for whatever is going on……

djm1992 on May 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Vietnam vets got screwed 45 years ago by the public. Now we are getting screwed by the VA.

2012chuck on May 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

After FIVE YEARS asleep on the job (NOT a record for OBOZO regime personnel!) , Vet-Killer shinseki should be really really refreshed !

MicahStone on May 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Since he hasn’t done anything in five years it must be a worthless position. Just eliminate the job. Cut the waste.

Oldnuke on May 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM