I am going to be out and about a good bit today with not one, but two, doctors’ appointments (okay, one PA appointment for my shoulders, at long last, because trying to see the doctor would take even longer, and a re-check on my wrists). I have no doubt there is a lot going on today with Campaign talk (Trump, Trump, and more Trump, is my bet), the latest Clinton scandal, and the next Amendment Obama wants to go after, all of which and more you are willing to discuss here. But I wanted to make sure these two stories didn’t get lost in all the clutter.
First up is a stunning revelation about the IRS. It seems the smug director, John Koskinen, has learned nothing. Or rather, he knows but doesn’t care, so it is business as usual at the IRS. What that means is erasing emails after they were explicitly told not to do so. From the Daily Caller:
Leading members of Congress are ripping IRS officials for erasing a computer hard drive after a federal judge ordered it to be preserved.
“The destruction of evidence subject to preservation orders and subpoenas has been an ongoing problem under your leadership at the IRS,” Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Jim Jordan , wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen late Thursday.
“It is stunning to see that the IRS does not take reasonable care to preserve documents that it is legally required to protect,” Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in the letter to Koskinen. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
There is no doubt in my mind that Koskinen needs to be impeached. He is just as bad, if not worse, than the previous director. That this kind of thing continues to happen speaks volumes about his leadership, or lack thereof.
But he isn’t the only one who needs to be impeached. Bob McDonald, head of the VA, needs to lose HIS job, too. Check out what the VA has been caught doing this time. It is stunning. From the Washington Examiner:
A key House committee is investigating a complaint that the Department of Veterans Affairs is spying on whistleblowers by diverting their emails to the secretary’s office in Washington, D.C.
And while the VA denies the charge, several whistleblowers backed up that complaint in interviews with the Washington Examiner this week.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has received a complaint from an anonymous VA whistleblower who had trouble sending a work email to her personal email, after which an IT worker told her the VA was blocking certain email functions. A further investigation revealed a list of other VA employees with similar restrictions, which appears to include known VA whistleblowers from around the country.
The list of names was titled “Sec Divert Internal,” and the anonymous whistleblower told the Examiner that the IT worker believes emails from those workers are being sent to the VA secretary’s office in Washington, D.C. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Oh, yes, by all means – don’t fix the numerous on-going, major problems at the VA. Just go after those people who have the audacity to bring them up. THAT is the way to do it, at least in this Administration. WOW.
Meanwhile, the veterans in this nation continue to struggle on with this corrupt, morally bankrupt, department that is SUPPOSED to be caring for them. The Phoenix VA is STILL lacking in doctors.
Oh, but wait – it gets worse for Phoenix. Check this out from the Daily Caller:
After remaining on administrative leave for almost two years because of close proximity to the manipulated waitlist scandal, the Department of Veterans Affairs decided to keep Robinson on the job, a VA spokeswoman told reporters Friday. Robinson will start working at the agency again this coming week as a strategic planner at VISN 18, which is the VA’s southwest regional office.
This office is responsible for the Phoenix VA.
Robinson isn’t the only Phoenix executive to return to work after initially receiving a suspension in May 2014. Brad Curry, who formerly served as chief of Health Administration Services, will restart as a health systems specialist. The two were reportedly involved in the Phoenix scandal, in which employees manipulated appointment wait times to make it appear as though patients were seeing doctors. This was not the case, and veterans died while waiting for care. (Click here to read the rest.)
As I said, they seem to not give a damn about those whom they are charged to serve, if their continuing behavior is any indication. I believe that it is. To target the whistleblowers, and to allow people responsible for some of the most egregious results are allowed to stay in their jobs, it seems crystal clear to me.
The bottom line is this: this Administration continues to thwart the law, the will of the people, and the health of those who have donned a uniform of this nation. Next January cannot come soon enough for many of us, especially those targeted by the Obama machine.
Oh, that is if the seventy percent of people who do not support Trump hurry up and coalesce around one of the GOOD choices we have available. Otherwise, this kind of treatment by the most powerful department (IRS) and the department charged with the health and well being of veterans (VA) will surely continue…
That is what I think anyway. How about you? Feel free to discuss any of the above, or whatever else is going on today. This is an Open Thread.