Unaccountable bureaucracies, private or public, as the VA certainly is, will accrete power and seek aggrandizement until they are forcefully restrained, dismantled or depleted. All unaccountable bureaucracies evolve, like a living organism, will seek to survive, reproduce and gain increasing power and control over not just its own destiny but over all that it can grasp within an ever increasing sphere of influence. With every addition of incremental power and authority bureaucracies migrate down the inevitable path of corruption, planned inefficiencies and organizational evil.
It is beyond belief for a normal citizen to truly grasp the extent of the inherent organizational propensities that end up obviating the original foundational intent. This crap is hard to believe. Where is Obama, why has the VA not been fixed? Because the elites and the bureaucrats that rise to the top of the sewage of Washington, have lost every once of empathy for anyone but those that splash about in the same spawning pool.
In the now-infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor. Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail. The health claim appeals process was known as “the hamster wheel” and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics.
Yet, in the midst of these horrific failings the VA managed to spend $20 million on high-end art over the last ten years – with $16 million spent during the Obama years.
A joint investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and our organization, American Transparency (website: OpenTheBooks.com) found that the VA bought Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures that cost more than five-bedroom homes. Then, there’s the two sculptures – with a price tag of $670,000 – for a VA center serving veterans who are blind.