The left-wing media likes to portray Barack Obama’s presidency as one long eight-year run free of scandal, but that claim simply doesn’t hold water when you scratch beneath the surface. While it’s true that Obama never got caught diddling an intern in the Oval Office, his scandals were the kind that do real damage to the American government. Scandals like the incompetent, deceptive response to the Benghazi attack. Scandals like the IRS going after conservative groups. And scandals like the situation that unfolded at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where employees were caught falsifying records to make it look like they were doing their jobs – to the detriment of veterans in Arizona and around the country. Worse, when all of this came to light, Obama and his VA Secretary Bob McDonald failed to do much of anything about it.
Now Trump is getting done what Obama couldn’t. Or wouldn’t, depending on your opinion of the man.
According to a new story in The Daily Caller, the Trump administration has fired 548 VA employees since January, making good on the president’s promise to clean up this diseased sector of the federal government. That’s along with another 200 VA workers who have been suspended or demoted as a result of their wrongful actions. From DC:
Scores of veterans have died waiting for care while VA bureaucrats falsified data to procure monetary bonuses, but fixes have been slow to come by largely because the union that represents VA employees has used its political muscle with Democrats to emphasize job security for government employees.
Former President Barack Obama originally appointed [current VA Secretary David] Shulkin as a VA undersecretary. By the end of the Obama administration, however, Shulkin had grown increasingly frustrated with the American Federation of Government Employees union and other groups defending bad employees’ supposed right to a government check even when they hurt veterans.
“Just last week we were forced to take back an employee after they were convicted no more than three times for DWI and had served a 60 day jail sentence … Our accountability processes are clearly broken,” Shulkin said at the White House.
Thanks to new legislation and executive orders from the White House and Congress, Shulkin has the authority he needs to fight back against the unions and make sure that VA employees can be held accountable. The beneficiaries: The vets who deserve to be cared for in the manner promised them by the federal government.