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  •  Tammy Duckworth (1+ / 0-)
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    wants him gone

    “Our first priority should be the veterans and at this point whether Secretary Shinseki will stay or go is too much of a distraction,” the congresswoman said. "I think he has to go. He certainly loves veterans, but it’s time for new leadership, it’s time to get someone in who will put veterans first. We’ve moved away from veterans being the primacy of the conversation. It’s now a political discussion and that’s now where it should be when it comes to our nation’s heroes."


    "Republicans are shameless dicks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless dicks." - Al Franken

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:00:39 AM PDT

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    •  Same as Franken...shame. This is disgusting, they (1+ / 0-)
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      714day

      shouldn't be calling for his head and helping them make this into a witch hunt when the GOP has done everything possible to harm vets.  This is BS, plain and simple.

    •  Duckworth's first priority should be (0+ / 0-)

      to significantly increase the VA budget. That would be much more difficult than calling for Shinseki to resign, but the budget increase is the only way to fix the problems.

      •  Actually... (1+ / 0-)
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        SoCalSal

        ...the first priority is to make it clear to everyone down the chain that obfuscation and manipulation of data is completely unacceptable and will result in rapid dismissal and prosecution of anyone participating AND dismissal of their immediate supervisors (and, with discretion, the next level of supervisor as well).

        Without accurate data, all the money in the world won't solve the problem - and if the money was spent wisely won't be known.

        At least Shinseki's firing will make it crystal clear to his replacement that cleaning up the reporting, establishing clear ways to "whistleblow" without retribution (and, with rewards for those who report real wrongdoings), and improving auditing (including talking to individuals who have received service from the VA) is essential.

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