In a rare stroke of luck for the Department of Veterans Affairs, meeting their date of a 0% backlog in 2015 just got a reprieve. This actually couldn’t have happened at a more propitious time for the good general. In an act of celebration, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki sent over 7,000 rank and file VBA employees home while keeping all the gin-swilling higher ups on full salary ahead mode. In addition, not to be outdone, the good general dug deep into the furlough barrel and laid off almost another 3 thousand immersed in converting over Regional Offices to the Veterans Benefits Management Service (VBMS). Fortunately, since it doesn’t work anyway, this actually represents a huge savings for VA because they won’t be lying around scratching their heads and updating their Facebook page on the Veterans’ dime.
I guess this means we can all expect that it will be several years before things get back to normal and it won’t be VA’s fault. Small consolation for trying to…to… what? Play chicken and see who will blink first? Only in America. The good news is that the Andrews AFB and Camp David golf courses (and their employees) were spared being furloughed so the greens and fairways won’t go to seed or unmowed. Appearances are everything.
Of course, we’d much rather being seeing this: