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All 470 senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs received annual ratings over the last four years indicating that they were "fully successful" in their jobs or even better, according to data released at a congressional hearing on Friday, despite delays in processing disability compensation claims and problems with veterans' access to the department

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Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, Democrat of New Hampshire, likened the numbers to grade inflation and said they reminded her of Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon, where "all of the children are above average."

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I find it hilarious that the thread just under this now is IRS Commissioner: There Is No Coverup -- sickeningly amusing yet very appropriate considering this administration.

#1 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-21 02:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

The problem the VA has is simple:

The U.S. simply lacks the funds to meet the promises it made in full, and that includes promises to veterans such as myself.

I could carry on about the (very real) injustice of the situation, but that won't make wealth suddenly appear. Even worse, GETTING wealth from some other part of government only moves and MAKES IT WORSE the problem, it does not fix it.

My benefits WILL be cut. NO ONE, republican, or Democrat, can stop that, not even working together in absolute cooperation.

But they CAN salvage a lot of my benefits by fixing sooner, rather than later. The fix is simple: Tie payment to money ACTUALLY ON HAND. get rid of the fiction of a 'savings account', and acknowledge that funds are actually provided by CURRENT government income.

Just because a promised benefit is just, fair, promised, moral, etc, etc, etc, does NOT mean the money is there. If you can't figure that out, you are an idiot.

#2 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-21 08:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

#2

Valid point. Even killing off Vets with ALS will not help the budget.

If more people were like you accepting reality and dealing with it instead of screaming "my slice of the pie, I was promised" maybe we could work on getting some things fixed.

Thanks for your service and thank you for understanding it is a shame we are at the point where vets have to suffer for short sighted politicians, but then again I guess that is why they are shipped off to die in foreign lands in the first place.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-06-21 08:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

Avg expenditure per patient has increased since 2000
www.va.gov

money hides lots of things, and as with most things money is not the issue...

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-06-21 10:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

I mentioned above that I am absolutely certain my benefits will be cut, even if Democrats and Republicans work together.

Here is why:

When a government program is stretched to the breaking point, and the senior worker bees are told 'fix it, WITHOUT added resources' what actually happens is the 'official benefits' stay the same, or even increase, but the actual VALUE declines. Payments to providers of services will be 'restructured', several offices will be 'consolidated', and so on. In some cases the 'restructuring' and/or 'consolidations' will actually be legit, but more often they will be to meet a bottom line. And all the while, the LYING scum will say "benefits were protected".

The above applies to ALL government programs for ANYONE.

Base what is promised on money AVAILABLE, and not one penny more, or the above WILL happen. It can't be stopped, EVER. Not to save veterans, not save children on welfare, NOT EVER. All that happens is the 'benefits' get slowly more and more worthless, but never with a cut. And the promises keep coming.

Simple kitchen table budgeting would not result in a bunch of save programs. Such budgeting would slash and burn the existing budget. But whatever was left would be funded and STABLE.

#5 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-21 11:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

The U.S. simply lacks the funds to meet the promises it made in full, and that includes promises to veterans such as myself.

#2 | Posted by USAF242

That may be partialy tru but............. Money to the VA has doubled in the past few years and much is going to bonus for great work bu the employees. Their 'good work' is covering up their bad service to vets.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-21 12:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Bonuses for "a job well done."
The practice of looting and extorting the system is enormously widespread these days. But perhaps this takes us to a new low..

#7 | Posted by Firstgarden at 2014-06-21 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Maybe it should read:

All Top V.A. Execs Rated Each Other 'Fully Successful'

#8 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-06-21 01:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

We know by now this is a criminal enterprise and the evaluations are all LIES.

#9 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-22 04:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

...and all their children are above average.

#10 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-22 09:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

That may be partialy tru but............. Money to the VA has doubled in the past few years and much is going to bonus for great work bu the employees. Their 'good work' is covering up their bad service to vets.

#6 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Quit making things up.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2014-06-22 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Quit making things up."

Now, Syco, why do you wanna post statements like that without having ONE iota of knowledge of facts and without spending ONE microsecond doing some research. It makes all your posts seem to be some sort of knee-jerk idiotic blurts.
I can tell you for a FACT that the appropriations for the V.A. have increased from $93 billion in 2009 and is projected to be $164 billion in fiscal 2015. Consequently, Sniper is not so far off to say it has doubled in a "past few years." It probably has if you go back another year or two.. Allow me to help you out here...careful though, there may be some big words.

www.va.gov

#12 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-22 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

An endless stream (about 1 million) of US IED injured soldiers and PSTD cases that realized they were used and sacrificed for lies cannot be taken care of within the existing system by doubling the budget.

VA hospitals attract help against the insanely expensive and ineffective for profit US health care system. Until that problem is reigned in there is no hope of improving the cost of VA care.

The Shrub invoked VA bonus program should and can be fixed. Start by firing the people responsible for lying to earn their bonuses.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-22 04:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

If more people were like you accepting reality and dealing with it instead of screaming "my slice of the pie, I was promised" maybe we could work on getting some things fixed.

Are you willing to say the same things about American Labor?

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-22 06:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Are you willing to say the same things about American Labor?" BOAZ

Not really pertinent to the problem being discussed here, just as [Will the same apply to Obama?] was not a satisfactory answer to my observation that the GOP has not been held to account for war crimes under the W Bush admin. Which, by the way, your answer was effectively [NO the GOP should not be held accountable, only the Democrats deserve such scrutiny.]

It's called being trapped in the Left-Right Paradigm.

#15 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-23 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

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