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Three Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Dump Shinseki
by KEITH KOFFLER on MAY 22, 2014, 10:34 AM
President Obama’s decision not to fire VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is less mysterious than it seems. Here’s why he’s keeping him on:

1. Obama is Shinseki, and Shinseki is Obama. Eric Shinseki assumed office the day after Obama did in 2009. For Obama to fire Shinseki at this point is to admit his own inadequacy and to reveal what I assume to be true: that Obama was not paying personal attention to the VA and not cracking the whip.
 
You see, when the White House, and the president in particular, shows an interest in an agency or an issue, people get very nervous, and what is normally a cumbersome, immovable bureaucracy starts to creak to life.
If Obama ever met with Shinseki one-on-one or even held a phone call with him, I’d be surprised.

2. What happens once you fire Shinseki? Well, as the Julie Pace of the Associated Press points out in the video below, you have to replace him.
And unless Obama replaces him with John McCain, that would mean weeks of heated discussion about the nominee, a heightened focus on the issue, and dramatic Senate hearings – all as we approach Election Day 2014. Not good for Obama and the Democrats.

But Obama’s executive incompetence is showing. What the White House should do is sack Shinseki now, nominate a replacement next week, and insist Congress hold hearings immediately because of the urgent need to get someone to work on the problems. Then Obama might get the issue behind him well before summer is out.

3. I think Obama feels bad for Shinseki. I really do. Everyone seems to agree that Shinseki, who had part of his foot blown off in Vietnam and served his country in the army for nearly 40 years, is a patriot and a decent man who cares about veterans. And he has made some progress with some of the VA’s system problems
 
But caring is not enough. The issue is too big.
 
Again, Obama does not know how operate as a chief executive. You have to fire people, even good people. There’s not a single major private company in America where Shinseki would be kept on after a fiasco such as this.
The health of our veterans is more important than Eric Shinseki’s feelings.

Here are a couple of reporters I respect, Associated Press White House reporter Julie Pace and National Journal’s Ron Fournier, himself a former AP White House reporter, discussing Shinseki.

Fournier, who is tough but not prone to hyperbole, calls the White House “pathetic.”

What did (Obama) do? Like he did with a lot of other things – he didn’t pay attention, he didn’t govern. Now he’s holding nobody accountable.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYVUoHOSzhs" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYVUoHOSzhs</a>
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Re: Three Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Dump Shinseki by KEITH KOFFLER
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 02:50:51 PM »
The problem is at the top levels of the individual VA Medical Centers, all of which run their own shows.  I want to know how many of those Administrators have met with the President and/or his representatives about these lists.  The secret lists are the Obama Administration's "fix" for this problem, and a lot of VA Administrators have been bonused over the years for cutting the waiting time for care.  Nobody knew (except them) that the secret lists existed and that Veterans were dying waiting for the healthcare treatments they needed and deserved.


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Re: Three Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Dump Shinseki by KEITH KOFFLER
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 04:05:50 PM »
Shinseki = Obama = any democrat running November 2014

...because any democrat running November 2014 supports Obama, what he does, how he does it.


...and until the dems lose the Senate majority, the Senate will not seriously investigate anything.

But bottom line Obama will be around until Jan. 2017 and very little will change, because he doesn't desire it to.

Incompetent management is a quality that sticks to Obama, and can be used continually. He doesn't even bother to change his speeches from crisis to crisis. "Angry, found out from CNN, gonna investigate, get to the bottom...blah blah blah..."


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Re: Three Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Dump Shinseki by KEITH KOFFLER
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 07:36:55 PM »
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3. I think Obama feels bad for Shinseki. I really do. Everyone seems to agree that Shinseki, who had part of his foot blown off in Vietnam and served his country in the army for nearly 40 years, is a patriot and a decent man who cares about veterans

Pure psychobabble.  Obama is incapable of feeling bad for anyone.  **nononono*
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