San Diego Soliloquies

Monday, June 27, 2005

Priorities

The Washington Post tells us about a conference call where Deputy Undersecretary Laura Miller sets the marching orders for all Veteran's Affairs facilities:

    "Dr. Perlin" -- that's Jonathan B. Perlin , undersecretary for health, ... -- "and I cannot stress the importance of this enough," she said. "We are asking that you give this your highest priority. We will continue to ask for daily updates on the status ...

What is this priority? Making sure that:

    a picture of Secretary [ Jim ] Nicholson prominently displayed.

Last week, under intense questioning from Congress, Dr. Perlin revealed that the VA was running a $1 billion shortfall for the current fiscal year. The hard hearted congresspeople probably don't give a damn that :

    Agency officials said Friday that 100 percent of the VHA facilities have reported appropriate placement of the Nicholson photos.

I care, however, that Nicholson ...

    was the author of an April 5 letter to senators saying, "I can assure you that VA does not need [additional funds] to continue to provide timely, quality service. . . . "

Tell me again about how much this administration cares about the military


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