Friday, May 30, 2014

Shenseki, Carney Resign Holder Should Be Next

 Shenseki and Carney Resign--Holder Should Be Next
An honorable man, a patriot, a wounded vet, a general has resigned
Finally after 6 years a glimpse of accountability has entered Obama's mind
Another, a press secretary who seemed as the scandal brewed up,
Resigned as the truth his misstatements and dodging continued to interrupt
The VA scandal was growing each day
Cooking the books while care delayed
A deputy VA secretary on an interim basis has been named
From Obama's perspective problem solved, issue tamed
But the systemic failures in the VA system still remain
Worse, the vast bureaucracy overseeing care still reigns
As interim secretary we wish Sloan Gibson well
As he steps into the bookends of a failed design and bureaucratic hell
A former banker and West Point grad one can only hope
He specialized in healthcare banking as he tries to cope
If heads are going to roll other than being put on paid administrative leave
While vets die and wait for care while they and families grieve
Handcuffed by Reid and Sanders failure to allow into the Senate a three page bill
Making it easier for the VA to fire, which was passed by huge Red and Blue votes on the Hill
A turnaround management team with healthcare experience needs to be immediately involved
Failing that, it may be very difficult for these core systemic problems to be resolved
Waiting for a completed IG report or ad hoc committee reports with recommendations the problems will not fix
At its core of the single server of care, the VA is on life support; it is very sick
If the VA cannot provide care in a timely period of time
Vouchers need to be issued for private care to reduce the number waiting in line.
While the VA under a promoted deputy perhaps flounders in its typical bureaucratic way
When will the most political AG weigh into these potential criminal acts without delay?
Or will this be another example of Holder protecting Obama's back
Especially as the targets of investigation seeing the FBI testify the Administration knew these sordid facts.
But there is an old saying that some believe followed will keep one from harm
In life’s efforts like marriage and preservation of reputation, the third time is the charm
So, Eric Holder, there is an over the line team needing a member to be complete
Time for you to resign and on the beach, bat in hand Shinseki and Carney to meet
© May 30, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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