Another day, another Veterans Affairs scandal. It is time we as a nation really consider if we should entirely disband the giant bureaucratic monster. It doesn’t seem to be serving our veterans well. (As we have documented over and over.) It is rife with cronyism. (As we’ve also documented.) And it is also an example of the kind of government program we in the United States shouldn’t be facilitating anyway. At this point we KNOW that huge centralized government programs are full of waste, are unresponsive, and are dens for bureaucrats who feed on legal graft.
We need to find a better way to service our wounded veterans. Getting rid of the VA (a monumental political undertaking to be sure but one which finally should be seriously considered) would be a big step in the right direction for our veterans and the country. Help veterans use the private system. And to think that some people used to hold the VA system up as an example of a single payer system which “worked.”
Ha. Those days are gone.
(From The Daily Caller)
The report found that the hospital’s Director Elizabeth Goolsby and her boss Regional Director Daniel Hoffmann both “failed to properly discharge the duties of their positions when they individually learned of the possible conflict of interest and took insufficient action.” Goolsby was intimately involved in the planning of the new building. The IG recommended possible punishment for both bosses. (DATABASE: Who Runs VA? Not Veterans.)
Hoffmann told the IG he was never troubled by ethical implications so much as the prospect of the public finding out. “To me it was more a public relations issue,” he said.
In this case, the IG itself seemed to go to great lengths to make sure that the individuals who erred wouldn’t face consequences. It posted only a summary of the report on its website, and released the report only after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Fayetteville Observer.