Unless you have experience with the VA shit, you are left to a reluctant media for information of how bad things have gotten there. Queue the WaPo piece that tries to defend a statement by the moron now running the VA saying how “You can’t fire your way to excellence“. From the article:
A Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended the department’s decision to demote but not fire two senior executives who collected $400,000 in a relocation scheme, and pushed back sharply against lawmakers for pressing for punishment rather than accountability for the VA workforce.
“In my many years in the private sector, I’ve never encountered an organization where leadership was measured by how many people you fired,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“You can’t fire your way to excellence.”
What a crock of fucking shit. Unfortunately, these failures and this sort of horribly stupid thinking are a clear and natural consequence of the left’s dominance of the bureaucratic machine. For those that are ignorant of the facts, the VA is managed the same way the left thinks healthcare in general, and for that matter, the country as a whole, should be managed: without any accountability except for those that betray the system. Amongst the long list of criminal behavior – Google VA scandals and avoid the usual lefty LSM stooges trying to provide the crooks in charge cover – and you will find that the people at the VA are putting vets on long waiting lists hoping that a good percentage of them die before they can get any treatment, amongst a long list of unbelievably horrible things. Worse yet is the fact that anyone that dares question or point out these scandals – both externally, but especially the internal whistleblowers – are getting derided and outright punished for daring to point out how bad things are. The collectivist machine’s worst enemy is those that point out how broken it is, and they save the worst of their ire for those that do this.
The fact of the matter is that you can too “fire your way to excellence”, especially when you are firing people engaged in criminal activity and fleecing the US tax payer and the vets under their care. I worked at GE a long time ago, and I remember Jack Welsh doing just that back then. He instituted a program that quickly and efficiently pointed out the dead weight and the people abusing the system while adding no value, and while he was there doing this, GE as a company thrived. I also saw people that were engaging in illegal activity – and I surmise the people that this idiot Gibson feels shouldn’t be fired were doing just that – not only were fired, but had charges filed against them. Can you imagine people working at private healthcare entities doing the shit that VA employees are doing, being protected by their employer from consequences by only getting what amounts to a slap on the wrist, and the crooks in government not making political hay about it and demanding scalps? This doesn’t happen in unionized government entities more so and not just because these places are dens of ineptitude and mediocrity, but because the people involved practically always can expose skeletons that would cause the net to widen and often snare those higher up for similar illegal activity and callous behavior.
I suspect that these criminals were not fired because leadership was likely worried about what they could divulge on the way out. Hence the need to posture about how criminal behavior that would have resulted in the heavy hand of government coming down on anyone involved in the private sector isn’t really criminal behavior that requires firing. That’s the fundamental change Obama promised and delivered for us.