Friday, May 30, 2014

Shinseki Out At VA

By now you’ve heard this.

Eric Shinseki resigned as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department Friday after meeting face-to-face with President Obama about mounting evidence of widespread misconduct and mismanagement at the agency’s vast network of medical facilities.

In a statement Friday morning after the meeting, Mr. Obama said that Mr. Shinseki had offered his resignation from the post he has held since the beginning of the president’s administration. “With regret, I accepted,” Mr. Obama said.

“He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problem,” the president said, adding that Mr. Shinseki told him that “the V.A. needs new leadership to address it. He does not want to be a distraction.”

Although the calls for him to go came from both Democrats and Republicans, it was the noise from Congress — the same people who failed to pass legislation increasing funding for the VA while at the same time spending billions on the wars that created the huge backlog at the hospitals — that made it politically impossible for him to stay.

Just like in baseball, they always fire the manager but never the owner…the one with all the money.