A friend (Hi, Brenda!) e-mailed me last weekend:
Let me get this straight.
Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke.
What could possibly go wrong?
An d apparently Brenda is a prophet of some sort. ObamaCare will be different from this travesty HOW, exactly . . . ?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.In scathing reports this week, the VA’s inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.
The inspector general accused one recently retired VA official of acting ”as if she was given a blank checkbook” as awards and bonuses were distributed to employees of the Office of Information and Technology in 2007 and 2008. In some cases the justification for the bonuses was inadequate or questionable, the IG said.
The official, Jennifer S. Duncan, also engaged in nepotism and got $60,000 in bonuses herself, the IG said. In addition, managers improperly authorized college tuition payments for VA employees, some of whom were Duncan’s family members and friends. That cost taxpayers nearly $140,000.
Place your best, place your bets; I’ve got 2:1 the official in an “inappropriate relationship” may very well be Jennifer S. Duncan.
Separately, a technology office employee became involved in an ”inappropriate personal relationship” with a high-level VA official. The technology office employee flew 22 times from Florida to Washington, where the VA official lived. That travel cost $37,000.
On Friday, Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said if the allegations are found to be true, individuals involved should lose their jobs, and legal action should be taken.
And Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said Congress should investigate.
Oh yeah — THAT’ll do it. Get a corrupt and inefficient Congress to investigate a corrupt and inefficient Veterans Administration.
Tell me how Obamacare will be any better than this? Patients will not languish while the corrupt bribe themselves with bonuses?
You sure about that, Skippy?
The full Inspector General’s Report is HERE, if you’re interested. It’s pretty scathing.