Friday, May 23, 2014

The Angry President

     Barack Obama has spent half his time in the Oval Office being angry with policies that he has spent the other half implementing. Mr. Obama reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode where a girl waiting for a bus is constantly blamed by the attendant for things her double from an alternative universe has done. And while there has been no accountability visited upon anyone in the Obama administration for Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Solendra, "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor," the IRS targeting conservative groups, and myriad other corruptions of an out-of-control federal government, somehow the no-information voter believes that Barack Obama getting steamed over an issue is a substitute for a solution.
     And so it is with the Veterans Administration scandal, the president will huff and puff, but will fail to displace even one twig in the house of government bureaucracy. Republicants meanwhile think that giving the inept Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, more power and authority will somehow stem the tide of the administrative orgy taking place at the VA. Having all the qualifications needed to run a monstrosity like the VA, i.e. the willingness to criticize former President Bush, General Shinseki has wonderfully matriculated into the Obama administration.
     The Founders of this great nation knew from history that government was the least efficient method of achieving success in most endeavors. That is why they limited its authority to a very short list of enumerated powers. Inversely they knew that the private sector, with its guardrails of the profit motive, was the least corrupt and most efficacious way to operate a society. The public sector has no profit motive or competition, therefore it grows arrogant and bloated while serving the needs of its "customers" less, while requiring more from them. 
     The VA debacle reminds me of the famous observation by Thomas Paine that, "Government at its best is a necessary evil, and at its worse it is a intolerable one." Secretary Shinseki's management of the Veterans Administration has abundant qualifications to place it firmly in the second category of Mr. Paine's statement. In the private sector, he would have been summarily dismissed without so much as recommendation. But in the public sector, and especially among those on the Left, incompetence is rewarded, and failure raises one's stature among his peers.
     And as for our angry president who must contend with his double from an alternative universe who keeps implementing policies that our president must "resolve," the VA disgrace will, in time, be placed into the drawer that contains all the scandals, disgraces, and corruptions of the Obama administration. A drawer that has become a sort of political Pandora's box, that if opened, would require hell to be paid. But it is a drawer that is safely kept shut by media complicity, Republicant timidity, and public complacency and ignorance.

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