If you thought the recent blunder by the Obama Administration defending wait times at the Veterans Administration by comparing it to lines at Disneyland was bad, be prepared to pick your jaws up off the floor. It seems the VA has trouble distinguishing between live vets and dead ones.
Now, for the sake of argument, let’s assume it’s one or two veterans. That could be chalked up to a bureaucratic snafu, an oversight that isn’t indicative of the efficiency of the VA as a whole. Surely it can’t be much more than that, could it?
Well…it’s not just one or two veterans. We’re talking more than 4000 veterans who have been mistakenly declared dead by the VA. And when you consider the implications of such a mistake includes removing benefits these veterans have earned with their sweat, blood, tears, and even their bodies, the little snafu has become a major controversy.
For the record, I’m not a Johnny-Come-Lately when it comes to a desire to cut government waste. At this point, I have little confidence that the VA will be able to improve conditions across the board, and no number of E Tickets to VA Land is going to change that. What will change that is something that will be controversial to some, a long time coming to others, and a total mystery to many.
It’s time to do a cost-benefit analysis of the VA to determine whether it’s still viable, and if/when it’s not, dismantle it from top to bottom.
To some, that sounds like I’m turning my back on the veterans who have fought for my right to rant online, but nothing could be further from the truth. What I want is for veterans to get the care they need in a timely fashion. Government cannot and maybe will not do that. If government sees a problem, their first instinct is to try to make money off it.
Put another way, government is not in the problem-solving business. It’s one of my Irrefutable Facts of Life, and it’s being proven by the VA right now. If the VA were serious about helping veterans, they would close up shop right now, take the money they’re getting from taxpayers, and give it directly to veterans. Of course, that won’t happen, but one can dream…