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  •  Big deal? In the case of the VA, it means that (3+ / 0-)
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    veterans are gettting some decent care, because that is primarily what the VA is about.

    Here's a good question:

    Was the VA better or worse under Shinseki than it was before?

    While pondering that, you might want to consider the US economy and how terrible it is.  Should we ditch Obama for that or do we find hope in the meager improvements that have taken place?

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    by dinotrac on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:45:01 AM PDT

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    •  Is that really the right question? (0+ / 0-)
      Was the VA better or worse under Shinseki than it was before?
      It may be a good question since, obviously if the answer were "no", his removal would almost certainly be called for (assuming no exceptional circumstances such as simultaneous terrorist attacks destroying all major VA facilities and killing most of staff).

      However, a "yes" answer means little so it's not the "right" question.

      Suppose my house needs repainting before winter and I hire a contractor who understands that the job needs to be completed by December 21st but when December 21st rolls around only the west side of the house is painted. Obviously, this is a complete failure on the part of the contractor, but the answer to "Is the house in better shape now than when the contractor started?" is "yes".

      A "yes" answer to this question is necessary, but not sufficient, to judge success.

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