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The Lady Ann weighs in on Walter Reed and assorted other exhibits of monumental government incompetency and idiocy.

As somebody who grew up in a society where pretty much everything was controlled by the government, her argument is self-evident. When you remove responsibility and make it more difficult to fire incompetent employees than curing genital herpes, you end up with… The USPS or Walter Reed.

The major difference being, of course, that genital herpes is considerably less revolting, nasty and damaging than federal employees.

18 Responses to “Worthless Government Hacks”
  1. chuck Comment by chuck

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    I love how the left’s answer for any failure of government is more government. They really take the old saying “Of at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” seriously

  2. chuck Comment by chuck

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    Oops! Supposed to be IF.
    and wow, my first FIRST

  3. Mike M Comment by Mike M

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    According to “The Old War Horse”, he goes to Walter Reed all the time and checks things out. He thinks the medical care is second to none and always makes a point of asking the troops how they’re doing and if they need anything. When a young soldier informed him he was having trouble breathing because of the mold and the rats were chewing on his toes, Murtha reportedly told him, “I’m not interested… at this point. You know, we do business for awhile, maybe I’ll be interested, maybe I won’t”.

    At any rate, if those conditions are so deplorable, and they apparently are, why didn’t John sound the alarm a long time ago? I think Ann’s right again.

  4. Unregistered Comment by 230Gr JHP

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    Rats are social critters who like to gather in groups.Once John Fuckface Kerry was at Walter Reed for one of his phony photo-ops the rats seemed to come out of the woodworks-Coincidence? I think not!!

  5. hitnrun Comment by hitnrun

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    I love how Walter Reed is a failure for the Bush Administration. Like administering military hospitals is the cornerstone of every responsible administration, especially Democratic ones.

  6. TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog Comment by TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog

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    The General of Walter Reed resigned.

    I just posted a story on Ms Iris Weinshall (Mrs Chucky Schumer) and her complicity in the deaths of 10 New Yorkers and the injury of 71 others.

    I am calling for her to step down from all publicly funded offices…What goes around, comes around.
    Death on the Pier

    Please feel free to pass it around on other blogs.

  7. TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog Comment by TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog

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    BlogWAR !!!! On the hypocritical Dems….

  8. juandos Comment by juandos

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    Hmmm, well this problem, this ongoing (several decades old) problem at Walter Reed is a nice snap shot of what universal healthcare as envisioned by the libtards will be…

    Instead of an investigative report on the problems at Walter Reed, how about an investigative report on what happens when the head of janitorial services at Walter Reed is told about the dirt, mold and rats at the facility? If it’s before 2:30 in the afternoon and he’s still at work and he hasn’t taken a “sick day,” a “vacation day,” a “personal day” or a “mental health day,” I predict the answer will be: “I’m on my break.”

    Damn! Sounds just like a TSA employee at the airport… :lol_wp:

  9. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten

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    As a former employee of the aforementioned USPS (18 years and still relatively sane), I know first hand that SOP in the Pissed Office is this:

    1. Poor performance is protected

    2. Mediocre performance is rewarded

    3. Hard work and diligence are severely punished.

    In 1971 ( or 1972?), the United States Postal Department became the United States Postal Service. Minor distinction? Maybe. But the company ( which I lovingly refer to as “The last bastion of the unemployable” ) became an “excepted service”. Another example is the Federal Aviation Administration. Exepted service organizations are not under the same perview as, say, DOD, DOJ, FBI etc.. They are quasi-government agencies. Congress has oversight of the agency, and they can’t make a move without Congressional approval. But the Postal Service must create it’s own revenue. It can borrow money from the Federal Gov, but it must pay it back with interest. When the PO makes a profit (rare), It must fork over those excess funds to the clowns on the hill.

    Did you ever wonder why, exactly Postal workers go “Postal”? Simple. Take a very straight forward job, and micro-manage it to the point of lunacy. Then sit back and watch the bullets fly. I guess the point of this ramble is…The Fed Gov good at National defense (when they allow the Military to do their jobs). In any sort of bussiness endeavor? Not so much (the official understatement of the milennium).

  10. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    First, I would like to preface this comment by saying that I have been volunteering at the VA Hospital an average of 10 - 15 hours a week for the past ten years, so I have a little more insight into this than a lot of people.

    I read the clueless misdirection that Acid Annie spewed out and wonder how far up her narrow ass she had to dig to come up with this latest drivel.

    Where to start?

    It is obvious that Coulter never even bothered to check her facts before she wrote the following:

    To the contrary, the problems at Walter Reed are further proof of the Democrats’ failed domestic policies — to wit, the civil service rules that prevent government employees from ever being fired.

    Sorry, Skeletor, this is an indictment on the failed Conservative policy of privatization. The employees responsible for the infrastructure at our VA hospitals work for a company called IAP Worldwide Services, which is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, whose leadership includes former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of the Treasury, John Snow.

    In 2006, the Army rejected a bid from government employees in favor of IAP, which is controlled by the politically connected hedge fund.

    The government employees won in an initial round of bidding in 2004, but a government board altered the employees’ bid and IAP won the contract.

    Most IAP employees are non-union.

    I don’t know if Annie knew these facts or not. She probably did, but she has never been one to let facts get into her way.

    Focusing on just the infrastructure of Walter Reed (and many other VA facilities) detracts from the other problems veterans are facing.

    While it is true that funding for the VA has risen 23 percent over the six years Bush has been in office, the demand for those services has risen 83 percent over that same period.

    The VA was already underfunded going all the way back to Reagan. When it comes to military funding, it is truly the Red-Headed Step-child of the military.

    I would tell you of some horror stories I’ve listened to about how many of our wounded soldiers are being denied disability for missing limbs, or having to prove that they were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan because their medical files only go back to arriving in an out-of-theater hospital. But I suspect that your response would only make me more angry.

  11. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    The employees responsible for the infrastructure at our VA hospitals work for a company called IAP Worldwide Services, which is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, whose leadership includes former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of the Treasury, John Snow.

    Which changes the issue not one little bit. Oh, to be sure, the immediate responsibility for the failures lie, of course, with the contractor. But who contracted the contractor? And whose responsibility is it to supervise the contractor, making sure that they do what they’re paid to do?

    If they, the government, fail to supervise the work that their contractor is doing or, for that matter, if they do supervise it but decide that it ain’t worth it to terminate them for breach of contract, then the problem becomes the contracting party’s responsibility.

    And the contracting party here is — the government. Of course, one could excuse them for not fulfilling their responsibility to keep an eye on their contractors by pointing out that they’re government employees and, as a result, probably don’t know what “responsibility” means.

    I would tell you of some horror stories I’ve listened to about how many of our wounded soldiers are being denied disability for missing limbs, or having to prove that they were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan because their medical files only go back to arriving in an out-of-theater hospital. But I suspect that your response would only make me more angry.

    That doesn’t surprise me one bit. It’s run by the government, after all, and I have extensive experience in working for government-run medical facilities.

    All of the efficiency and accountability of the DMV, only with more dead people as a result.

  12. Mike M Comment by Mike M

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    The employees responsible for the infrastructure at our VA hospitals work for a company called IAP Worldwide Services

    According to these accounts, IAP Worldwide got the contract to clean up Walter Reed (which is not a VA hospital) beginning in February, 2007. Prior to that time, just like Ann said, those services were supposed to have been performed by “skilled civil service employees”.

    IAP takes on repair duty at hospital

    Witnesses Testify to Battles with Walter Reed Bureaucracy

  13. Iacobus Comment by Iacobus

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    Sorry, Skeletor, this is an indictment on the failed Conservative policy of privatization. The employees responsible for the infrastructure at our VA hospitals work for a company called IAP Worldwide Services, which is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, whose leadership includes former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of the Treasury, John Snow.

    In 2006, the Army rejected a bid from government employees in favor of IAP, which is controlled by the politically connected hedge fund.

    The government employees won in an initial round of bidding in 2004, but a government board altered the employees’ bid and IAP won the contract.

    Most IAP employees are non-union.

    Well, that does it. I now know it’s all Bush’s fault. :rolleyes_wp:

    (Pray tell, would handing the whole enchilada over to gubmint employees make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, their wonderful unions coming to save the day?)

  14. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    According to these accounts, IAP Worldwide got the contract to clean up Walter Reed (which is not a VA hospital) beginning in February, 2007. Prior to that time, just like Ann said, those services were supposed to have been performed by “skilled civil service employees”.

    Sweet Jesus! I wouldn’t take that kind of contract even if my name were Heracles!

  15. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    But who contracted the contractor? And whose responsibility is it to supervise the contractor, making sure that they do what they’re paid to do?

    That would be the Army.

    Prior to that time, just like Ann said, those services were supposed to have been performed by “skilled civil service employees”.

    Yes, by the time IAP finally took over the contract, there were only sixty employees left — most of them nothing more than janitors.

    Originally, there had been 350 government workers, but when their contract was denied in January of 2006, most of them moved on to other jobs either inside or outside of government.

    Initially, IAP was supposed to have taken over in March of 2006, but that got delayed almost a year. During that year, the government employees left in droves, and IAP provided 50 interim workers for the transition.

    I have extensive experience in working for government-run medical facilities.

    And I have seen the results of a private company taking over government installations. Corners are cut, projects are deferred, and the initial scope of work is not service, but profit to the shareholders, with the lion’s share going to the boardroom.

    Walter Reed and the rest of the VA is part of the military. It should be operated by the military. It shouldn’t be reduced to a profit center.

  16. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    And I have seen the results of a private company taking over government installations. Corners are cut, projects are deferred, and the initial scope of work is not service, but profit to the shareholders, with the lion’s share going to the boardroom.

    That must be why European government-run hospitals are so superior in service to our American private ones.

    It’s strange, though, because I’ve worked for both, and I distinctly remember it being the other way around. I wouldn’t send my DOG to a government-run hospital.

  17. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    I don’t know if Annie knew these facts or not. She probably did, but she has never been one to let facts get into her way.

    Gee.  Such projection.

  18. Mike M Comment by Mike M

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    It should be operated by the military. It shouldn’t be reduced to a profit center.

    You might be right. In a way, I kinda wish Bill Clinton and Al Gore would never have come up with that cockamamie idea.

    Actually, the concept of outsourcing the support of the military medical facilities was originally started by the Clinton administration and led by Vice President, Al Gore. [Source]