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Calls for Shinseki's removal mount amid VA scandal

By Matthew Daly

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:31 p.m. HST, May 22, 2014


WASHINGTON » The growing furor over veterans' health care moved to the political campaigns Thursday as congressional candidates from both parties called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to be fired.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, was among those calling for Shinseki's removal amid investigations of VA patients dying while awaiting treatment and falsified appoint records.

Democrat Rick Weiland, who is running for South Dakota's open Senate seat, also called for Shinseki's ouster, as did a Democrat running for an open House seat in New Jersey and two Republicans challenging vulnerable Democrats in northern Minnesota House districts.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., added to the calls for Shinseki's resignation, saying the VA crisis was "a national embarrassment" that requires new leadership.

Shinseki, 71, said Thursday that he intends to remain on the job. "I serve at the pleasure of the president," he told reporters at the Capitol. The former Army general and chief of staff added that "this is not the first time" he has faced controversy in his career.

Grimes, the Kentucky Senate candidate, said the government had defaulted on a "solemn obligation to our veterans. I don't see how that breach of trust with our veterans can be repaired if the current leadership stays in place," she said.

Grimes has tried to distance herself at times from President Barack Obama, who is largely unpopular in her state, and she demonstrated her independence by calling for a cabinet member's removal.

McConnell said earlier this week that the predicament at the VA was "a management problem, not a money problem," adding, "it's obvious that the management team needs to be changed."

The inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department says 26 VA facilities nationwide are under investigation, including the Phoenix hospital at the center of allegations about treatment delays and secret waiting lists intended to hide delays in care.

The allegations have raised fresh concerns about the Obama administration's management of a department that has been struggling to keep up with the influx of veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans needing more care as they age.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said the campaign was pleased Grimes had joined in calling for a change in VA management. Moore criticized Senate Democrats for blocking a House-passed bill that would have made it easier to fire or demote senior VA executives.

Senate Democrats said they are working on their own legislation to make it easier to fire or demote executives at VA.

"I think what the House has done is not unreasonable," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday, adding that he is confident the Senate will act quickly on a measure being pushed by Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The political maneuvering came as the Senate Appropriations Committee added language to a military construction spending bill that, like the House proposal, would give the VA secretary broader authority to remove low-performing officials.

"The veterans are not getting the medical care they need," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee "Some heads need to roll."

White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, said Thursday the Obama administration supports the goal of the House bill, but added, "We do have some concerns that some provisions could result in significant litigation."

The administration is working with Congress on better language, Carney told reporters.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that reports of "horrors" at the VA were "appalling."

His voice cracking, Boehner said veterans "are men and women who served our country, and we've not just let them down, we've let them die. This is awful stuff, and someone ought to be held accountable for it."

Boehner has not called for Shinseki to resign, but he said, "I have to admit that I am getting a little closer" to doing so.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, called allegations of misconduct at the VA "completely and utterly unacceptable" and urged a broad review of services for veterans.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was open to an idea advanced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to allow veterans to receive medical care at private hospitals.

"We can't have another backlog of people waiting for permission to go to a federally qualified clinic in a region," she said. "We have to think in a big way because this is a very big challenge."

Obama's deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, was in Phoenix Thursday to meet with hospital staff. The director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System has been placed on leave while the inspector general investigates claims that up to 40 people died while awaiting treatment in Phoenix.

In the South Dakota Senate campaign, Weiland forcefully called for Shinseki to step down. But he also criticized House Republicans for temporarily shutting down much of the government last year.

"Anyone who does not understand that it is the penny-pinching stupidity and arrogance of the 'shut it down' politicians in Congress that is the real problem is either blind or willfully ignorant," Weiland said in a statement Thursday.

Among the Republicans calling for Shinseki's resignation is Mike McFadden, who hopes to take on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Associated Press writers Brian Bakst in Minneapolis and Jim Kuhnhenn and Erica Werner in Washington contributed to this report.







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Winston wrote:
Showing new resolve---to win the next news cycle.
on May 22,2014 | 08:01AM
serious wrote:
It is 2:00 PM--I just got a call from the Hawaiian VA hospital to give me an appointment--this is true--been waiting for 14 months for a service related problem--so whatever is happening, these people are finally getting off their whatevers.
on May 22,2014 | 02:02PM
Rite80 wrote:
From The Daily Kos Someday the Republicans and Fox News will be outraged enough about our treatment of veterans that they will agree to do something about it. Why, Reince Priebus (Republican Party head) is beside himself. Don't bet on it, though; remember, it was less than three months ago that they again blocked the expansion of health care programs for those same veterans: U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.
on May 22,2014 | 02:03PM
Winston wrote:
oh, right. The sky's the limit on spending. Who in their right mind would actually ask where is the funding going to come from. However, this is beside the point. The matter of truthful reporting has nothing to do with funding.
on May 22,2014 | 04:38PM
OldDiver wrote:
Typical nonsensical Fox News comment.
on May 22,2014 | 06:14PM
Winston wrote:
Typical vacuous POV of a dweller in the liberal info bubble. Funding isn't the problem. VA funding has risen 235% since 2001. During the Bush administration, VA funding increased 83%. Under Obama, the VA's annual budget rose 78%, with double digit increases in four of the six years. So to sum up. Leadership/management is the problem, not money and you don't actually seem to know or understand much of anything.
on May 22,2014 | 07:31PM
Winston wrote:
Typical vacuous POV of a dweller in the liberal info bubble. Funding isn't the problem. VA funding has risen 235% since 2001. During the Bush administration, VA funding increased 83%. Under Obama, the VA's annual budget rose 78%, with double digit increases in four of the six years. So to sum up. Leadership/management is the problem, not money and you don't actually seem to know or understand much of anything.
on May 22,2014 | 07:31PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Good luck trying to overhaul and reform civil service....they're like headless nails....once in...almost next to impossible get out....
on May 22,2014 | 08:24AM
HD36 wrote:
That's a great analogy. There's another one about leeches but I can't remember.
on May 22,2014 | 07:49PM
HOSSANA wrote:
You start reform from the top by getting rid of that idiot, Shinseki, who when he was appointed to that position, made all kind of promises about computerizing the system, reducing the patient workload, providing a better system in recognizing PTSD in war veterans, and providing expeditious benefits and quicker service to the veterans and their families and can anyone tell me what he has succeeded in doing....just because he is local is NO EXCUSE not to terminate him and start with a new administrator cause Shinseki has failed MISERABLY....
on May 22,2014 | 08:53AM
droid wrote:
The natural tendency is to blame Gen. Eric Shinseki, but is it really his fault top administrators cannot be relied upon to fulfill their duties? In this case, the main issue is the Phoenix hospital, whose director has been placed on leave. Other facilities are also under investigation, and that is the result of Gen. Shinseki’s leadership and initiative.

Would it really be beneficial to nominate a new, untested Secretary of Veterans of Affairs this late in the game? People like you, Hossana, are quick to criticize but slow to realize just how long it would take to hold hearings on a nominee, get him/her to a final vote, and get that secretary up to speed on the situation. Letting a four-star general — local or not — purge his own staff seems the most efficient way to go.
on May 22,2014 | 12:47PM
fshnpoi wrote:
whoa bra..the way you going after the man sounds personal! you do realize that one can only do so much when one's hands are tied?
on May 22,2014 | 01:00PM
Dawg wrote:
Hossana what planet are you from? You are so fast with your resolve to remove Shinseki, which leads me to believe you are just a HATER! Get a life.
on May 22,2014 | 03:57PM
HOSSANA wrote:
In any large corporation when the Chairman or CEO doesn't perform up to expectations, the Board of Directors vote to remove him/her or he/she resigns as courtesy to the corporation. The fact that all of you are validating his presence and supporting him is the main reason why the VA continues to have and breed incompetence. So be it.....just because he is local all of you are supporting him which is just absurb.
on May 22,2014 | 05:09PM
Nevadan wrote:
The failure appears to be systemic. If Shinseki knew, Obama knew. Obama obviously believed that budget-wise there are higher priorities, such as welfare, food stamps, getting rid of Morsi in Egypt, and Yanukovych in Ukraine.
on May 22,2014 | 07:17PM
localguy wrote:
Before we start calling for Shinseki to resign, lets look at the big picture. Our utterly dysfunctional congress and senate, for years have performance and approval ratings in the gutter. They willfully fail to pass the USA budget on time, to standard, shut the government down, costing billions. Congress is directly responsible for the New England Compounding fiasco, resulting in the deaths of innocent people. Boehner, McConnell, Reid, have been useless in getting anything done. McConnell got a billion dollar earmark for KY. This is what they do every day. And they want Shinseki to resign? No way. Let the entire senate and congress resign first, they have a much longer proven history of clueless, dysfunctional, failure to do their job and so much more.
on May 22,2014 | 09:03PM
samidunn wrote:
You realize of course that this is what ObamaCare is going to look like. People dyeing while waiting to see a doctor & then waiting for treatment. And yes it does happen in Canada all the time & the older you are the further down the list you go.
on May 22,2014 | 08:56AM
cojef wrote:
Right the VA problems are a microcosm of what is in store for the ACA when fully operational or a single payer Government run health insurance program. The implementation and/or launching of the ACA is the first clue of events that will ensue. The private sector launching of an activity as large as the ACA is comparable to the launching of the Paypal system, Ebay, or Amazon, all private sector operations which operate without even a hiccup from the beginning whereas, the number of delays witnessed with the ACA or the Government run exchanges. The start-up costs for the private sector activities as compared to the ACA's are far less. Of course, costs is not the issue, it is whether the ACA can provide adequate care for the covered insured and individual lives are not lost because of bureaucratic screw-ups as with the VA if and when it become a single payer system.
on May 22,2014 | 12:23PM
slowroll323 wrote:
Dyeing is a much better alternative than dying!
on May 22,2014 | 01:07PM
samidunn wrote:
Sorry of coarse your right.
on May 22,2014 | 01:23PM
Skyler wrote:
Write on.
on May 22,2014 | 08:52PM
lee1957 wrote:
Do we get to pick our own color?
on May 22,2014 | 01:42PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Where do you get your info from do you live in Canada? I know a few people who lives in Canada and they like there health care system. Stop making up stories.
on May 22,2014 | 03:03PM
Winston wrote:
Some do, some don't. Makes no difference, they can't afford their system either and will be forced to make changes.
on May 22,2014 | 06:47PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Shinseki made many promises when appointed to the VA post e.g. providing quicker care for the veterans and families, recognizing PTSD more expeditously so veterans don't have to wait, reduce caseload among the veterans seeking medical, psychological etc...assistance, and reducing the tremendous caseload of veterans promised benefits not to mention the wait time for medical treatment and hasn't succeeded in any of these promises not to mention computerizing the records which failed miserably.
on May 22,2014 | 08:56AM
droid wrote:
Obama is out of the White House in 18 months. Is that really enough time to nominate a new VA Secretary, hold hearings on him/her and hold a final vote to confirm the candidate? Would such a new secretary be able to solve all of the crisis you list in the shortest term in VA history? (The next U.S. president may not be a Democrat, so he or she will want a new VA secretary) I say you are living in a fantasy world if you think firing Gen. Shinseki will magically make our VA system the envy of world overnight.
on May 22,2014 | 12:59PM
DAGR81 wrote:
With your "if you can't fix it, leave it alone" attitude nothing gets fixed.
on May 22,2014 | 01:24PM
droid wrote:
I didn't say it can't be fixed. Read for comprehension.
on May 22,2014 | 04:18PM
DAGR81 wrote:
"Would such a new secretary be able to solve all of the crisis you list in the shortest term in VA history?" duh.
on May 22,2014 | 04:30PM
droid wrote:
Exactly! Gen. Shinseki will be out soon anyway. Forcing him out prematurely would be foolhardy. Let the next president appoint a “replacement.” With a little elbow grease, Shinseki will have turned things around by then.
on May 23,2014 | 12:03AM
Nevadan wrote:
No. 30 months
on May 22,2014 | 07:23PM
droid wrote:
18 months! Learn how to count. Geez.
on May 23,2014 | 12:06AM
Dawg wrote:
WOW! you again...more babbling and nonsense.
on May 22,2014 | 03:58PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Obama said he was going to get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nothing happened except cover-up. He said the same about the Benghazi, IRS, NSA spying and Obamacare scandals. Nothing happened except more cover-ups. Now he says he is going to fix whatever is wrong with VA. Does anyone really believe this guy? I will be surprised if this comment is not sent for approval.
on May 22,2014 | 08:58AM
samidunn wrote:
I approve this comment!
on May 22,2014 | 09:07AM
serious wrote:
Me too! And, as someone else blogged---just try to fire a civil service worker, never happens!!!
on May 22,2014 | 09:23AM
DAGR81 wrote:
ABOLISH GOVERNMENT UNIONS.
on May 22,2014 | 10:46AM
pcman wrote:
IRT serious. On C-Span today, I watched Democrats refused to pass a bill initiated by Sen Rubio to give permission to Secretary Shinseki fire VA employees who broke the law and mismanaged care for dying vets. Shinseki has not complained to Congress for lack of resources (funds and doctors.) In fact he has thanked Congress for their generosity. This is about mismanagement by the senior executive system (SES) officials, over 3000, mismanagement and coverups. Some of them should be fired.
on May 22,2014 | 11:04AM
samidunn wrote:
And who's going to be in charge of Obamacare. - Why the IRS, what could possibly go wrong!
on May 22,2014 | 11:49AM
lee1957 wrote:
Giving the Secretary special powers is an awful idea. If employees broke the law, they can be terminated and/or prosecuted, no special legislation is needed.
on May 22,2014 | 01:45PM
Ronin006 wrote:
How did our two senators vote? Probably in lock step with Harry Reid.
on May 22,2014 | 06:19PM
glenn57377 wrote:
I work civil service in a securty program facility. No guns. Only programs. One program is made up of personnel that document, keep up with and document employee infractions against adjudication rules. Of which, there are many rules. You are required to self identify.....or, turn yourself in, per se. If you do not, and the government finds out about it during a background investigation checkup - you can lose your clearance. Any person on this installation that loses their clearance cannot work here. They are let go. Their identification cards are confiscated, the secure area badge is taken and they are transported to the main gate and dropped off - outside the gate. Believe it. I see it all the time. This installation has approximately 2500 workers - and the case load is enormous. If you follow the rules and work, you are welcome to stay under most circumstances other than reductions. If you are a problem worker or cannot be trusted.......they will let you go in a heartbeat. It is a process that is more lengthy than "your fired," but it is an effective process.
on May 22,2014 | 01:59PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Civil service workers are just like sea gulls. They squawk like hell, they are full of krap (purposely misspelled to get by the censor), and they are protected by the law.
on May 22,2014 | 06:17PM
slowroll323 wrote:
I don't!
on May 22,2014 | 01:08PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Typical liberal MO, talk, feel good, say the right things and delusional emotions and zero results.
on May 22,2014 | 09:01AM
sluggah wrote:
Yeah, but he's real mad about it!
on May 22,2014 | 10:28AM
Skyler wrote:
Had to laugh @ a certain comedian who said Shinseki's 'mad' face looked like 'oh we're out of orange juice again' face. Gotta admit, Shinseki's not making himself look too good here. But I fault the low men on the totem pole: the appointment setters & their managers - and perhaps the doctors. I've heard of some pretty bad stories about all of them.
on May 22,2014 | 08:56PM
cojef wrote:
Oops sent for approval as my post connected it to what will happen with lives of covered individuals under the ACA.
on May 22,2014 | 12:25PM
brb905 wrote:
As the leader of the VA, Shinseki is responsible for everything that happens under his watch, whether he knew about it or not. He needs to accept the blame and maybe it is time for new leadership to try and clean up the mess.
on May 22,2014 | 12:29PM
droid wrote:
There is no “try.” We need a stronger guarantee. If we nominate a new VA secretary, there needs to be new ground rules, such as, “if you don't do better than Shinseki, you go to prison.” If we can’t do that, I say keep Gen. Shinseki, as at least he has had a few years to develop a firm understanding of the situation and how to change it.

How can someone new do better in such a short period of time? It hasn’t happened in the entire history of the VA department. What makes this time different?
on May 22,2014 | 01:03PM
csdhawaii wrote:
I have to agree. Shinseki has been there long enough to have made a positive difference; he hasn't. And he's been there long enough for the current mess to be placed squarely at his feet. He needs to go.
on May 22,2014 | 01:08PM
TrueCloud wrote:
Shinseki has been in office a little over 5 years. The VA has been messed up for decades. If we want to blame somebody for our shabby service to our warriors, there is plenty for our legislators, our media and us. This recent media spotlight seems to be more about getting at Obama and his appointees than effecting any real change.
on May 22,2014 | 02:19PM
Nevadan wrote:
To make a positive difference, Obama must come up with big bucks. He didn't. It was not his priority.
on May 22,2014 | 07:28PM
leahi2 wrote:
Shinseki is going to get shafted by the Bush administration again? First it was the Iraq invasion. Now with all the veterans needing health care, this is a monstrous problem. The VA administration had a broken system before Shinseki took over. A new and better computerized system was installed I am told but heck, just how many hospitals, doctors, nurses and others are needed for each patient. The tremendous overload of veterans from the Bush wars was too much. Now do you think people like Bush, Chaney, Rumsfield, Condoleeza, and those warmongers, could have done a better job?. Lets face it, they were the cause of it and they didn't know of the consequences/. They still don't.
on May 22,2014 | 12:57PM
samidunn wrote:
Oh - Of course after more then 5 years it's still Bush's fault.
on May 22,2014 | 01:22PM
TrueCloud wrote:
VA Admin. was messed up before Bush. This is a truly bi-partisan source of shame.
on May 22,2014 | 02:11PM
leahi2 wrote:
The old saying is that the chickens have come home to roost. Who are these veterans who are in dire need of medical attention. They need to see more than just one doctor. In many of their cases its not just a l5 or 20 minute visit to a personal care physician. Many of them also need to see a psychiatrist and whoever!. You critics talk about the case load numbers but never about the time consuming complexities of each case. You critics are quick to say off with Shinseki's head bur you were never there to say off with the heads of Bush and his gang. Those warmongers are to blame! .
on May 22,2014 | 10:38PM
lee1957 wrote:
You probably think denial is a river in Egypt.
on May 22,2014 | 01:46PM
Winston wrote:
Bush's fault again, and again, and again. Tiring.
on May 22,2014 | 04:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Are maybe some of these thousands of vets possibly from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Then yes, let's throw the bush in.
on May 22,2014 | 05:35PM
Winston wrote:
Let's be specific. Did Bush some how connive to have the Arizona VA hospital lie to veterans about their appointments? Did Bush create a shadow waiting list? If there were current resource shortfalls, did Bush (out of the presidency 5 years) fail to do anything about them since he left office? Finally was the fact that Senate democrats refused to even HAVE a Federal budget 4 out of the last 5 years some how Bush's fault? I got it. Maybe Bush's paintings were so mesmerizing that he caused Reid and Pelosi to become mentally unbalanced. That could be it.
on May 22,2014 | 05:52PM
HD36 wrote:
In 2008 Obama ran on a campaign to change the VA and investigate. Obama knew what was going on.
on May 22,2014 | 07:55PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Obama will now reverse his position on Shinseki and throw his under the bus.
on May 22,2014 | 01:22PM
TrueCloud wrote:
AS IF! That department was way messed up before a distinguished man like Shinseki showed up. Talk about a scapegoat.
on May 22,2014 | 01:42PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Cloud. Right. The 40 guys were dying at the Phoenix VA from the Bush administration so you can't blame Shinseki. LOL
on May 22,2014 | 09:58PM
caroley wrote:
We should stand by Shinseki, a four star general doesn't get to that rank by luck, he's a highly decorated war veteran let him fix the problems.
on May 22,2014 | 01:57PM
mrluke wrote:
What? We give him 5 more years?
on May 22,2014 | 03:00PM
joeglick wrote:
Whether it's fair or not, the buck stops with him. He should offer up to resign, and let the President have the final say.
on May 22,2014 | 03:18PM
pcman wrote:
IRT carol. Heard of being promoted above one's competence? It's called the Peter Principle. Google it.
on May 22,2014 | 10:06PM
MariaBetty wrote:
Oust the Veteran Senator McCain of Arizona.
on May 22,2014 | 02:28PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
True, why wasn't McCain doing nothing about the vets in his state! Notice these big violators are in republican states!
on May 22,2014 | 05:39PM
Venus1 wrote:
Too meant veterans with many problems, not enough money!
on May 22,2014 | 02:49PM
engineersoldier wrote:
Imagine another system, public or private, with as many hospitals and patients as VA and think how many of those patients die while in care, never mind waiting for it. This is the real life. Perhaps we should just privatize veterans' health care and be done with it. That way, we will not have this as a political football.
on May 22,2014 | 03:18PM
Mythman wrote:
Let's appoint Ezekiel Emmanuel as the General's replacement.
on May 22,2014 | 04:04PM
paulokada wrote:
If what McConnell said is correct then the VA is top heavy with no money left to treat the vets. Democrats gave their buddies a do nothing job with bonuses. Houses will be foreclosed and kids won't go to college?
on May 22,2014 | 04:44PM
entrkn wrote:
Those politicians calling for General Shenseki's head who voted down needed VA funding should fire themselves before pointing at anyone else...!
on May 22,2014 | 05:42PM
Winston wrote:
Your logic, please? The VA funding was bumped up more than 20% in 2009. Also, what exactly does funding have with the people who intentionally lied about waiting times or the VA leadership which failed to safeguard against this well known problem?
on May 22,2014 | 05:55PM
leahi2 wrote:
Just how many doctors, nurses, medical techinicians etc are there in this nation to take care of out veterans? You can talk all about the money which is fine but the medics got to do the work. So just because you say you're a taxpayer and that the appropriations for the VA was bumped up, that doesn't mean Shinseki has to make magic with it. The Iraq invasion was a bomb that backfired in our faces (or was it Bush's face) ? So why are you guys trying to hang Shinseki?
on May 22,2014 | 10:57PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The VA health care system originally was established to provide care for veterans with service-connected injuries and diseases only. Congress must accept much of the blame for the VA health care system being overwhelmed because it changed the rules and forced VA to accept and treat veterans with injuries and diseases that are not service-connected. It opened the floodgates and overwhelmed VA facilities. Congress subsequently realized the impact the rule change was having on VA, but did not have the political courage to stop it.
on May 22,2014 | 06:44PM
Winston wrote:
Barack Obama ran in 2007-8 on failures at the VA, promising more resources and better management. In comparison to that final Bush budget — don’t forget that Obama signed the FY2009 budget in March 2009 with the omnibus spending bill after a Democrat-controlled Congress refused to deal with Bush — VA spending has risen dramatically as well. The annual budget rose 78% in six budget cycles, with double-digit increases in four of the six years — while Defense spending was flat. No other Cabinet agency had a larger budget increase by percentage during Obama’s tenure. The closest was Agriculture (64%), followed by State (59%, which tends to discredit the canard about the Benghazi failure being caused by a lack of resources). Only HHS had a larger annual budget increase in terms of dollars spent, but it amounts to a 37% increase in spending from the FY2008 baseline. The amount of increase in the VA’s budget in the Obama era, $65.9 billion, exceeds the entire VA budget in the FY2004 budget." (http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/22/is-the-va-scandal-a-funding-issue-or-a-leadership-failure/)
on May 22,2014 | 06:52PM
Winston wrote:
Typical vacuous POV of a dweller in the liberal info bubble. Funding isn't the problem. VA funding has risen 235% since 2001. During the Bush administration, VA funding increased 83%. Under Obama, the VA's annual budget rose 78%, with double digit increases in four of the six years.

So to sum up. Leadership/management is the problem, not money and you don't actually seem to know or understand much of anything.


on May 22,2014 | 07:04PM
Winston wrote:
Typical vacuous POV of a dweller in the liberal info bubble. Funding isn't the problem. VA funding has risen 235% since 2001. During the Bush administration, VA funding increased 83%. Under Obama, the VA's annual budget rose 78%, with double digit increases in four of the six years. So to sum up. Leadership/management is the problem, not money and you don't actually seem to know or understand much of anything.
on May 22,2014 | 07:31PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
All you who support Shinseki, just remember while on active duty he marched to his own drum - his directive that ALL Soldiers would wear berets was one of the biggest screw ups since the Navy CNO who allowed Sailors to wear beards. Gen Shinseki had plenty of time to address several VA issues but didn't. He definitely needs to go.
on May 22,2014 | 09:05PM
localguy wrote:
Before we start calling for Shinseki to resign, lets look at the big picture. Our utterly dysfunctional congress and senate, for years have performance and approval ratings in the gutter. They willfully fail to pass the USA budget on time, to standard, shut the government down, costing billions. Congress is directly responsible for the New England Compounding fiasco, resulting in the deaths of innocent people. Boehner, McConnell, Reid, have been useless in getting anything done. McConnell got a billion dollar earmark for KY. This is what they do every day. And they want Shinseki to resign? No way. Let the entire senate and congress resign first, they have a much longer proven history of clueless, dysfunctional, failure to do their job and so much more.
on May 22,2014 | 09:07PM
atilter wrote:
alll a smoke screen to divert attention spot light from the real root causes of this problem...politix as usual...blah, blah, blah...gotta find a scape-goat to bite the bullet...congressional leaders won't fess up to turning a blind eye and fiscal obfuscation and malfeasance!!!
on May 23,2014 | 12:57AM
bleedgreen wrote:
A true samurai would commit sep-puku.
on May 23,2014 | 02:00AM
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