With the Obamcare roll-out looking more and more like a slow motion train wreck, you might think it couldn’t get any worse. Surely, you imagine, once they address the website problems, premium cost increases and losing healthcare, things will improve, right?
This weekend and on Monday we salute our veterans: Past, present, old, young, those who served in combat and those who have not.
Each and every one of them answered the call to defend freedom at all costs to benefit something larger than themselves; the greater good of the United States of America.
Do you have confidence in your government’s ability to handle the challenges of today’s world? If not, you’re in the majority. According to a recent survey on American governance by the respected Gallup polling organization, Americans’ trust in our government is at an all-time low.
As a former VA employee, I offer this advice to its leaders and workers: Treat the criticism and tough reporting as useful feedback — and use it to guide needed reform at the troubled department.
Here’s a pop quiz: If (when) the federal government shuts down over Washington’s inability to agree on spending, who will deserve the greater share of the blame? Congressional Republicans? Congressional Democrats? President Obama? What effect would a shutdown have on the 2014 midterms, or the 2016 presidential election?
This so-called ‘use it or lose it’ culture promotes wasteful spending and an overall lack of concern for fiscal responsibility. It’s part of the dysfunctional bureaucratic attitude in Washington that prevails across all sections of the federal government.
We ask American troops to do more than any fighting force in human history—often in foreign lands facing unscrupulous enemies—and in return they receive every possible advantage and protection. But that commitment is at risk.
You are organized, determined, and motivated to succeed. And because of your priceless experiences and training, you have unlimited potential to be an amazing employee. So what’s the problem?
It’s a bitter irony that the president appears to believe that unilaterally withdrawing from our nation’s obligations around the globe would bring peace and tranquility. In fact, he has invited the opposite — more violence and bloodshed — through his fecklessness and indecision.
Welcome to the twisted world of federal executive branch employment, where it’s nearly impossible to be fired for poor performance. Rather than being held accountable for the Atlanta medical center’s failings, those responsible were allowed to retire or received slaps on the wrist.