BREAKING: VA Secretary Resigns, Republicans Unsatisfied

After initially putting Eric Shinseki in charge of investigating the growing scandal in his own department, Barack Obama announced Friday that he has accepted the Veterans Affairs secretary’s resignation. Pending the nomination process of his successor, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will serve as interim secretary.

While he said he regretted accepting Shinseki’s resignation, Obama concluded that he has become a distraction as investigators attempt to uncover the extent of healthcare delays that have been blamed for dozens of veteran deaths at VA facilities across the U.S.

“We don’t have time for distractions,” he explained. “We need to fix the problem.”

Reiterating the assessment he made during his first statement regarding the scandal, Obama described the outgoing secretary as “a very good man” and “an outstanding soldier.”

Despite the fact that Shinseki has led the VA during a period of what many conclude has been inexcusable misbehavior, Obama insisted he is “a good person who’s done exemplary work.”

The announcement came following a speech Shinseki gave before a group of veteran advocates in which he took full responsibility for the scandal, conceding he failed to identify the rampant problems within his department.

“We now know that VA has a systemic, totally unacceptable lack of integrity within some of our veteran health facilities,” he noted. “The breach of trust involved the tracking of patient wait times for appointments.”

The crux of the scandal revolves around allegations that thousands of veterans’ names were left off of hospital records in an effort to artificially reduce reported waiting times. The delays have been blamed for multiple deaths.

In his speech, Shinseki promised to terminate VA officials in Phoenix, where the most egregious examples of this misconduct are believed to have occurred.

As for Republican leadership, this resignation is far from a resolution of the overarching problem. GOP Chairman Reince Priebus explained that it is “past time” for Obama to take serious steps toward remedying the VA’s problems.

“Until then, personnel changes aren’t an answer to the problem for our veterans,” he concluded. “It’s just musical chairs.”

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Comments

  1. Edwardkoziol says:

    Shinseki may be a nice loyal turd to Obutthole but he and Obutthole did little to relieve the problems in the VA.Shinseki claims how he loved the men in the military if so why didn't he help them instead of screwing them.I say check Shinseki bank records fromthe time he was appointed to head the VA.

  2. Resigning does not "fix" the problems

  3. Obama naturally wants to talk about "delays," as that has been a problem in the VA for many years.

    The new thing is the double books, at least that's my impression, and I hope that this site will not let Obama get away from answering for this abuse.

  4. Raymond says:

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    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy.
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  5. suzyshopper says:

    Oh gee the guy resigned,while vets died, somehow the comparison,just doesn’t seem too be equal,or maybe it’s just me whaddya think??

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