I take Amazon's efficiency as much for granted as I do government inefficiency.
Still I was shocked by a front page story about a disabled Vietnam-era veteran in today's San Jose Mercury News.
But I was just as surprised by the indifference David Reiss met inside the VA. Indifference that is deeply imbedded in the VA culture the VA sources quoted in the article didn't even recognize that they were personally accountable to their fellow human being.
The Veterans Administration Health Care System is terminally ill. It is afflicted, House VA Committee Chair, Jeff Miller, says with a "culture of corruption, lying and cheating".
Chairman Miller believes the culture problem is so severe "no amount of legislation can fix it".
The culture is a cancer on the organization –metastasized or worse. It requires immediate and radical organizational disruption – analogous to surgery and corporate chemo plus radiation!
It is time to clean house at VA Health Care
VA Health System began as the fulfillment of a moral guarantee made to American veterans since Revolutionary War to care for them when they could not care for themselves.
Fast forward a century. There is a strong social safety net - Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance - available to all Americans.
The vast majority of our veterans are citizen soldiers. Why not consider integrating rather than duplicating these programs?
The President's unwillingness to work with Congress to fix laws he believes need fixing violates his constitutional oath to "faithfully execute" the laws of the land.
Unchallenged, the President would set a precedent that reduces Congress to an investigative body.
100 years ago there was no Social Safety Net for average Americans – no Social Security, no Medicare, no Disability Pensions, no Obamacare, no Federal Home Mortgage Guarantee program and no federally guaranteed student loans. 100 years ago, it made sense to establish a department that could provide these sorts of benefits to veterans of World War I who had been injured in combat and would require long-term care. After World War II it still made sense
To millions of Chrome supporters –Tonalist's owner didn't cheat, but the race wasn't fair either. The race confirmed our underlying suspicion the 1% live by a different set of rules than the rest of us.
The best way to overcome gender bias is to be a contributing team player. Don't make your male colleagues regret asking you to join the team. But do let them know that you came to play, to compete - be confident.