Veterans: Building, Renovating Facilities Warranted, But Corruption? Sloth?

Veterans: Building, Renovating Facilities Warranted, But Corruption? Sloth?

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Maggie’s Notebook

Since Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, the Veteran’s Affairs budget has increased nearly 68 percent. No doubt the need is great, and I wouldn’t think of objecting to funds spent for healing our military, but the question looms: are the shiny new buildings competently staffed, and are appointments timely–far more timely than what we’ve seen in the past? Caring for our veterans is our most important monetary obligation, right after keeping the nation safe and secure. The $3.3 BILLION spent in the fiscal years 2010-2015, will either give our vets beautiful new structures, and more efficient and timely care, or just beautiful new structures, more bureaucracy and continued sloth and corruption.

Sloth.

Former Senator (Dr.) Tom Coburn, June 2014:

Other parts of Coburn’s report highlight failures to hold individual employees accountable for criminal conduct, billing personal expenses to the government, chronically failing to show up for work or retaliating against whistleblowers.

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1 Comment

  1. Dick Lancaster

    Public employee unions (created by JFK) and the “third party payer” (taxpayers) are the primary cause of corruption in all federal agencies. Unions have increased salaries and made removal of their corrupt peers all but impossible. A basic solution would be to set districts in which local civilian volunteers are authorized to demand public records from federal agencies within their local districts. These volunteers would collect 5% of any savings realized by the exposure of corruption. Lots of old folks would be gainfully employed and taxpayers would be pleasantly surprised.

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