Slack Tide wrote:My dad swears by the coverage, care and attention he gets at the VA in Fort Myers FL....I was really surprised to hear this...
Like most government run things, there is no consistency from place to place. If you get the right people that care and are competent, you get acceptable results. You get incompetent idiots and you get a mess. Unlike the private sector, there is no effective way to get rid of the idiots.
Think about any big nationwide franchise. The successful ones. You can go into any franchise in the country and you know what you will get.
Now think about that big nationwide franchise run by the government. Sure the best will still be as good, but the worst will be far far worse and they will stay that way for far longer. The feedback just is not there to maintain the quality and uniformity that is necessary. This is why government tries to institute incentive programs to try and mimic the free market, but as we saw with the VA, all that did is lead to fraud and what does the bureaucracy do to correct that?http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-allegations-va-misconduct-stand/story?id=23809975
Obama also announced that Nabors will conduct a broader review of the Veterans Health Administration, the part of the VA that delivers health care to veterans. That full report is expected to be completed next month.
And that report will be a political document that politicians, unions, and all other powerful people will get to review and edit. And by the time that month has passed, this will no longer be a headline and just like Obama was going to get those responsible for the Benghazi attack, and OJ pursuing the real killers, it will be forgotten and the bureaucracy expanded, which is all the bureaucrats ever care about. More bureaucrats, more managers, more money, bigger salaries, more power, more votes, and more of the things that really matter to the people in charge because it is clear what didn't matter before and it won't matter again and it will remain a crap shoot with some places run well and some places a disaster, especially since bankruptcy which is the ultimate feedback and motivator does not exist when there is no competition.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.