Most Americans who accurate President-elect Donald Trump weren’t assured him to about acknowledge absolute his specific ambition of depoliticizing the Administration of Veterans Affairs by removing it from cabinet-level status. No, a lot of weren’t assured a logistical adept like Trump to acknowledge his game-changing plan afore he’s inaugurated as the 45th U.S. President. Yet, I, and may added patriots, were absolutely assured him to anon advertise the abundant bare backup of the accustomed politically ambitious V.A. Secretary, Robert McDonald, who was appointed by Obama in 2015 for audible political reasons, and who is currently accustomed as accepting been afflicted added in the above-mentioned months by the political processes of the V.A. authority than he has afflicted the authority for the better. Mr. Trump’s adroit and aberrant choice of an able and committed physician, Dr. David J. Shulkin, as V.A. Secretary, is a game-changer, back all antecedent V.A. Secretaries, back the year 1989, accept been authentic political assembly of the appointing presidents, starting with George H.W. Bush’s arrangement of Ed Derwinski, who was a career federal politician.
It has been said at assorted times throughout the history of the American republic that if federal politicians aren’t kissing babies, they are burglary their candy. This acrimonious burlesque ability be amusing to a degree, but it is abominably a adage that rings with a blaring alarm in an age if there are over a thousand federal authoritative agencies, administrations, and commissions, with their two million-plus federal employees, application Washington, D.C. and the federal workplaces through the fifty States. The V.A. currently has added federal advisers than any added federal department, except for the Administration of Defense, and this is not to be acclaimed to any extent. There anon exists so abundant mediocrity, redundancy, flippancy, and duplication of authoritative plan processes in the V.A., that the arrant decay of the hundreds of billions of dollars of aborigine money appointed by Congress to the cabinet-level Administration of Veteran’s Affairs (the VHA, VBA (Regional Offices of the V.A.), BVA, and the NCA) is occurring every budgetary year of V.A. Operation. A lot of Americans don’t apprehend that President Abraham Lincoln did not, in any way, accomplish a affiance in his additional countdown abode to financially accommodate for America’s blood-soaked veterans, and their widows and orphans. No, he didn’t! He didn’t because he did not accept the actionable money apparatus alleged the federal assets tax in adjustment to actualize the absonant appointed federal money to do so, and the People, in 1865, abominable any acknowledgment of a federal assets tax. If Lincoln said, in his countdown address, “To affliction for him who hath borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphans,” he was not talking about federal care. He was, instead, speaking to the families of the veterans, to the States, to the churches, to the humans in the States who had the assets and the moral affidavit for caring for the veterans. I am abiding that the accustomed Framers would accept included agreement in the U.S. Constitution for costs the affliction of aggressive veterans if they had accounted it proper, but they did not. The soldiers and marines of the Continental Army and Navy accounted their aggressive account during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 as something owed by them to a government that would ensure their alternative and abandon through the conception and administration of just laws. The patriots of the Continental Army were not mercaneries. They accustomed the little pay that was accustomed them by the Continental Congress as just advantage for their service. The families of those veterans, the abounding Christian churches, and the Accompaniment legislatures did all that was necessarily done to accommodate affliction for the blood-soaked and to advice the widows and orphans.
There are currently bags of V.A. employees, GS-9 through GS-13, who are miserably inept at accomplishing their assigned jobs and should be anon accursed and affected to seek plan elsewhere. Instead, however, these blah and inefficient drones are accustomed to accumulate their jobs, and their absonant salaries, while getting confused and confused about the V.A. authoritative bewilderment to added positions due to their accurate incompetence. This adroit authoritative action is able through the efforts of accidental V.A. managers and supervisors, GS-14 through GS-15, and is currently a lot of expertly finagled by those managers and admiral at the SES (Special Executive Selection) akin who are appropriately inefficient at appropriately managing cadre and ensuring that V.A. appropriations are spent frugally, conservatively, and efficiently; a able accepted for the use of the angelic tax money of accomplished Americans. Some of these SES managers and admiral even abide to accept amoral bonuses, in the tens of bags of dollars, for assuming miserably in their jobs; and to blaze an SES-level administrator has been made, by federal regulation, a continued boring process. Yet, the accomplished akin of disability activate currently in the V.A. is a part of the career politicians, or political appointees, alive at the acme of the accurate V.A. departments, agencies, and administrations, who draw the accomplished salaries, but do the atomic work. The akin of allotment decay that occurs in the accepted authoritative drawers of the bureaus of the departments, or the departments aural the departments and the agencies aural the agencies, which actualize the positions for the bags of advisers who should be anon terminated.
For instance, there is a V.A. Secretary-level department, that was spuriously created by Secretary Robert McDonald, alleged “Client Relations,” which is amid in one of the abetting D.C. appointment barrio acclimated by 5 added V.A. and VHA authoritative organizations, headquartered down the artery from the V.A.’s 810 Vermont Central Appointment Building. This department, Client Relations, is staffed by an SES-equivalent director, a GS-15, and eight added employees, GS-9s through GS-14s. Why was this administration created? It was carefully orchestrated absolutely for accessible relations, in adjustment to do what the about 1,000 Accommodating Advocates at the 152 V.A. Medical Centers and clinics about the USA aren’t appropriately doing; that is, extensive out to abetment the veterans who are patients at these medical centers and clinics, and all added veterans who currently accept that they are not accepting the V.A. allowances and hospital casework to which they are entitled. The Client Relations accumulation is accomplishing the jobs of the accommodating advocates, GS-9 through GS-13 V.A. employees, who are acutely not accomplishing their jobs properly. This is a prime archetype of the many, abounding careless duplications of plan accomplishment currently expended all through the U.S. Administration of Veterans Affairs, created by Robert McDonald. The absolutely annoying actuality of the amount is that, instead of battlefront these humans and hiring master’s degree-level (GS-9) humans from off the artery who accomplish the job properly, the unperforming accommodating advocates are accustomed to absorb their jobs, accepting salaries they don’t deserve from the money calm from the taxpayers to pay them. One SES hospital director, who was anon amenable for veterans getting beggared of hospital services, had the apparent adventurousness to say that it’s bigger to accumulate a non-performing GS-12 on the amount than to blaze the being and accomplish him, or her, an unemployment statistic.
An ultimately afflictive aspect of federal bureaucracies aggrandized with hundreds of bags of amateur non-performing advisers is that these federal advisers in actuality accept that the money taken from their salaries by the government, alleged taxes, is in actuality tax money, and they are no altered from the non-government American workforce. A astute and applied economist, Adam Smith, rendered as the ancestor of American capitalism, said in his book, “Wealth of Nations” in 1730, that, “Tax money paid as government accomplishment cannot be realistically taxed, for absolute tax money accept to be taken, by government for government operation, from money produced as assets by business interests.” British bread-and-butter philosopher David Ricardo echoed this aforementioned accepted assumption of complete accompaniment economics. Appropriations fabricated by Congress in the anatomy of federal assets tax money calm by the IRS for government operation, if acclimated as salaries and burdened afresh and afresh from this illusionary amaranthine tax money, will eventually abate to nothing. This is the angry cruz of socialism incrementally imposed aloft the republic by the minions of John Maynard Keyes, such as was Franklin D. Roosevelt. The actuality that all federal money paid as salaries to these millions of federal employees, and for the operation of the federal government, is adopted money, and that the federal debt is currently over 17 abundance dollars, should active all abreast voters that the aggrandized federal establishment, and the U.S. economy, are a ambiguous abode of cards accessible to collapse into absolute chaos; that is, in the absence of a apology of the built-in babyminding and budgetary balance. That’s why the money paid to all government employees, local, State, and federal from adequately calm taxes should be admired as angelic money, which should be acclimated with abstruse budgetary prudence. In added words, tax money for federal purposes should alone be paid-out to employees, and for government operations, which are capital to federal government operation. That’s the way it was afore 1913, if the 16th Amendment was, supposedly, ratified and the accursed federal assets tax was born.
Currently the aboveboard “suggested” hiring standards by the federal OPM tacitly crave a GS-9 employee, assassin off-the-street, to acquire a master’s degree. Yet, federal authoritative agencies, such as the VA. are chargeless to set their own approximate standards. As a result, about 60 percent of the V.A. advisers accepting GS-13, 14, and 15 salaries don’t accept alum degrees, and about 85 percent of the advisers accepting GS-9 through GS-12 salaries don’t accept baccalaurate degrees. What is even added aggravating is the actuality that about 48 percent of the SES-level managers and admiral don’t accept alum degrees or any bookish plan against such a degree; and about 25 percent of SESs don’t even accept baccalaurate degrees, but accept been avant-garde based alone on the political base of who-knows-who. Why is this so? Political bribery occurs during the hiring action on a approved base in the V.A. due to the acute politicization in a awful dysfunctional, and uncontrolled, arrangement of V.A. organizations (VISNs, bounded offices, a centralized, about free Board of Veterans Appeals, which is a actual country club of veterans’ law judges). Essentially, the appropriate duke of the V.A. does not apperceive what its larboard duke is doing. These adamant authoritative flaws accept angry what should be a meritocracy into an adulterine and ailing activity ability of appropriate interest; and I accept that this is due anon to its cabinet-level cachet and the gross amount of political appointees currently alive in the V.A. gluttonous to amuse an amateur V.A. Secretary.
I accept and advance that President-elect Trump, if he assumes the Appointment of the U.S. President on January 20, 2017, will activate anon to down-size the tyrannical, bloated, and awful inefficient federal government; for Donald Trump is a agent committed to able business operations aural Built-in guidelines. With a Republican Congress abaft him, he will, hopefully, seek and access an end to authoritative federal government and acknowledgment all action authoritative ability to its able source, the Legislative branch, or Congress, with the closing admiration of a conservatively reconstituted U.S. Supreme Court. And the abounding amateur federal advisers in the V.A. and in all actionable federal agencies will acquisition themselves gluttonous application in, either, Accompaniment government (God forbid) or in the clandestine business world, area they will be appropriate to plan abundant harder for a abundant lower salary. The swamp will, therefore, be drained over time and its abject citizenry will be affected to acquisition added accommodations.