Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More on Jim Nicholson, head of the VA

Senator Claire McCaskill stated that Nicholson's appointment by Bush was a "Brownie situation", in full reference to another Bush scandal, the mis-handling of the Hurricane Katrina matters.

From Think Progress
Nicholson is the Michael Brown of veterans affairs. His primary qualification for the job was serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000, “raising close to $380 million for the 2000 cycle.” During Bush’s first term, Nicholson was rewarded with the plush ambassadorship to the Vatican; after being selected to run the VA, he promptly ranked #4 in The New Republic’s list of “the
15 biggest Bush administration hacks
.”

In the wake of the Walter Reed revelations, President Bush appointed Nicholson to lead a special panel to “cut through red tape” affecting veterans. But veterans advocates say it was Nicholson’s “inept management of the VA [that] has lead to the red tape.” ABC News revealed last week that Nicholson shelved a program that could have avoided many of the bureaucratic delays plaguing injured vets because of its cost — less than $1 million.

If you support our troops, how can you support our President?

1 comment:

Sis B said...

Thought you might be interested in this: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2007/03/va-hospital-turned-away-suicidal-vet.html