Ethics and VA woes

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With all due respect, Sen. Pat Toomey, before you go off half-cocked with your VA Accountability Act (“Toomey Proposes Bill to Crack Down on Abuses at VA,” May 28), talk to some VA hospital employees. I can imagine that there were not enough doctors or resources to serve the number of veterans the employees were asked to care for. Perhaps they were asked to feed the masses, but they had no food … and they weren’t Jesus, so no miracles.

I can imagine that these employees kept asking for help, but no one came through with more doctors and resources, so they did some unethical bookkeeping — just as their superiors were unethical in asking them to do the impossible with the resources given them. I can’t imagine that the VA employees falsified records because they’d been sitting with their feet up eating bonbons all day. They were more likely pushed to these actions in order to keep the hospitals operating at whatever capacity they could with the resources given them.

I admit, I don’t have any details, so I don’t know that my scenario is true. But you can’t get blood from a turnip, so bankrupting VA employees isn’t going to help any veterans or their families. (Besides, how about a little consistency? If corporate CEOs aren’t personally responsible for their companies’ bad acts, why in the world would you hold poor civil servants responsible for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ bad acts?)


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