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Mr. Shinseki Takes the Fall
New York Times, by Editorial

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Posted By:StormCnter, 5/31/2014 9:49:02 AM

The resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Veterans Affairs Department was probably unavoidable, under the principle that a leader should accept full responsibility for a great scandal. But the department’s problem was not Mr. Shinseki. It has been broken for years. No one should expect his removal to be anything but the beginning of a much-needed process of change. Time now to tune out the noise from the lawmakers who lately have been baying for Mr. Shinseki’s head. No doubt they will keep heaping abuse on President Obama, on the campaign trail, and at the hearings for whoever is nominated

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 5/31/2014 9:58:34 AM     (No. 9868230)

The people who should be taking the fall are the politicians trying to convince us that government bureaucrats can run a health care system better than the private sector.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: eoddad, 5/31/2014 10:14:00 AM     (No. 9868258)

I see today Admitted Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders still likes the general.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone, 5/31/2014 10:20:55 AM     (No. 9868271)

Mr. Shinseki was an isolated figurehead at the VA who probably did not have a clue as to the esoteric corruption that was going on in the ranks of the politically appointed and career bureaucracies below him. Those bureaucracies will take a hit but will survive to see Obama and crew depart DC.

The VA could immediately take a lot of pressure off their doctors by simply filling prescriptions for qualified veterans written by private doctors rather then requiring VA doctors to reexamine those veterans before filling privately written scripts. But such simplicity is not what bloated and corrupt self-serving bureaucracies are all about.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: catfur27, 5/31/2014 10:23:46 AM     (No. 9868275)

Czar Zippy : "Shinseki resigned? Hey, I didn´t know about it until I read it in the paper...like you."


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Reply 5 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 5/31/2014 10:36:11 AM     (No. 9868282)

Without a top to bottom change in leadership and structure the VA will stay about like it is, with some new lipstick.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gerty, 5/31/2014 10:37:21 AM     (No. 9868285)

Oh, please...instead of bemoaning the resignation of this honored military man, print should be spent on how many others should be allowed to resign before criminal charges are brought!

I am told that "willful neglect" is a crime!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Cog, 5/31/2014 10:44:21 AM     (No. 9868297)

Shinseki became a hero to the deluded left when he disagreed with Pres. Bush. That´s all he had going for him.
Note to the NYT: Dogs bay. As many Democrats as Republicans called for Shinseki´s resignation, and rightfully so. He had 5 years to correct the VA´s direction, and instead, he made it worse.
That´s not a hero. That´s a traitor.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GO3, 5/31/2014 10:57:13 AM     (No. 9868321)

It was broken for years, and Shinseki was in charge of the VA for years, so this is not his problem? Have I got that right?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lawdoc, 5/31/2014 10:58:57 AM     (No. 9868324)

That there have been long wait times at the VA is a result of the bureaucracy , not a scandal. The scandal is the deep corruption of giving large bonuses for shortening the wait times by cooking the books to cover up the long wait times. This is corrupt, fraudulent, stealing. This did not go on in prior administrations. The repubicans and even "conservative" media are giving them a pass on this, which is the real scandal.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bevan, 5/31/2014 11:04:11 AM     (No. 9868332)

Maybe Shinseki can issue all vets black berets as a parting gift

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jkcinsalem, 5/31/2014 11:32:48 AM     (No. 9868364)

I nominate Mitt Romney to ´fix´ the VA.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: killerbee, 5/31/2014 11:51:21 AM     (No. 9868382)

Build it up to be a huge thing, NYTimes and berate anyone still angry. If the bureaucrats who engaged in the criminal behavior in the first place are not held accountable, then Shinseki´s resignation means absolutely nothing.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: losgatos, 5/31/2014 11:57:46 AM     (No. 9868387)

I´ll blame The One who campaigned on fixing the VA and admitted his ignorance a few weeks ago. He seems to believe in magic.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/31/2014 12:11:52 PM     (No. 9868404)

#11, you´re right. He would be the man to get it all under control efficiently and without worrying about whose heads rolled. But, it won´t happen. Obama won´t ask him and I don´t believe the Governor would accept. He is not a veteran and I believe the veterans would prefer one of their own.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dman, 5/31/2014 1:08:32 PM     (No. 9868462)

"Heaping abuse" in NYT liberal speak, means "demanding accountability and remedy" to the rest of us. To them, it´s still all about protecting their Manchurian candidate.

To my apologist friends above: while I genuinely admire and respect Romney´s "turnaround" skills and accomplishments (as apposed to his campaign prowess), he cannot fix this systemic problem without a much needed overhaul of our civil service laws first.

We need to abolish the concept of tenure: from government employees, to college professors, to school teachers, to judges and justices, and anyone else. It simply doesn´t work and is actually worse than cronyism. At least the politicians who appointed their cronies bore the accountability for their incompetence and any lack of performance. The politicians could be held accountable when the trash was not picked up and the potholes not filled. It was in the politicians´ interests to not have their cronies make them look bad. It´s time to restore accountability to politics and allow politicians to fire the dead wood. Good employees need not fear - they will make the politicians look good, and will be worth keeping around. Elections should have consequences again. Then the people can fire the politicians if the job isn´t done, and isn´t done right.



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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bighambone, 5/31/2014 3:21:18 PM     (No. 9868586)

Some years ago I went about getting an appointment with a VA doctor based upon a Vietnam related service connected disability that had previously been granted by the VA. It was in April, they gave me an appointment In August. At the same time I went about making an appointment with our family doctor, that was scheduled for the next day. So I figure that expedient VA doctor scheduling has been a problem for a lot of years.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 5/31/2014 6:02:04 PM     (No. 9868663)

Shinseki - always worked in an government entity where entrenched bureaucracies are the norm - as a government he delegated the duties and responsibilities and accountability was not a priority, underlings knew that and played the game as they had for decades - aloof to the point that he actually didn´t believe the massive corruption and mismanagement was actually taking place. Only a total remake will work - what are the odds of that happening?

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