Thanks, Ric, but you really shouldn’t have

| July 23, 2013

According to the Stars & Stripes, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told the VFW convention that the only reason that he’s still the Secretary, instead of moving on, is because of the claims backlog;

Last year, in his speech before the VFW’s annual meeting, Shinseki vowed that the share of backlogged claims in the system would be no higher than 40 percent when he returned this year. Instead, it sits at 65 percent, the same level as a year ago.

But Shinseki insisted that the department is on the right path, thanks to new processing procedures and software that officials have put in place over the last two years.

So he continues to miss the goals that he set, but the VA is “on the right path”, somehow.

In remarks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Kentucky on Tuesday, Shinseki acknowledged that “we are behind where we predicted and where we wanted to be” on the processing those claims, but also promised “that will shift downwards quickly.”

What the hell does that mean, “we’re behind…where we want to be”. Behind is where you want to be?

“We’ve said all along it would take time to solve this correctly,” he said. “And we are not going to leave this for another secretary and president to wrestle with.

Yeah, Lord knows we can’t go out and find someone who’ll do the job they’re paid to do and make Shinseki look like the boob that he is.

Category: Veterans' Affairs Department

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  1. Eggs says:

    A sad example of job security.

  2. Just An Old Dog says:

    Strangely enough I think that Arnold Swartzenegger would do well at that post..

  3. PintoNag says:

    “…And we are not going to leave this for another secretary and president to wrestle with.”

    Pay close attention. He didn’t say he was going to fix the problem. He said that he and Obama aren’t leaving.

    And yes, I mean what you think I mean.

  4. OWB says:

    That is exactly what he said, PN. (Dare we hope that it isn’t what he meant?)

  5. thebronze says:


  6. PintoNag says:

    @4 I guess we’ll know — for sure — at the end of his term.

  7. Smaj says:

    Shinseki is an absolute disgrace and perfectly personifies his organization- uninterested, detached from reality, incompetent, uncaring.

  8. Trapper Frank says:

    The insanity never stops…

  9. Dave Thul says:

    So under his leadership the VA has completely missed their goals, but it’s OK because we have now set different goals that I totally predict we will reach.

    My local weatherman is accurate more often than the Idiot with the Beret.

  10. FatCircles0311 says:

    I’m upset at the VFW for not kicking his ass when he showed up.

    This turd is as low as stolen valor phonies.

  11. DaveO says:

    The VA is a jobs program that guarantees votes and cash to Democrats. It is not, and never has been, there for veterans.

    As we say in the IT business, scrap and rework.

  12. TMB says:

    “thanks to new processing procedures and software that officials have put in place over the last two years.”

    Funny, this is the first I’ve heard of using some new miracle software. Just last month they reported thousands of claims processed because everyone worked a few hours of overtime. Maybe this new software is called the Rubber Stamp?

  13. MAJMike says:

    Maybe he could make us all feel better by giving us all new hats.

  14. Grimmy says:

    The problem could be fixed up rather quickly. What’s needed, obviously, is a new hat for the employees of the VA.

    A special hat. One that looks kinda like what special people wear. A hat that looks like it had to be earned by going through extra special training and qualifications.

    Give the employees of the VA a hat that can steal some special valor off of hats worn by valorous type people and then the employees of the VA will feel all better about themselves.

    Problem fixed.

  15. BeretCureAll says:

    It may just be an Esprit de Corps issue. I think that every VA douchebag should be issued a black beret. Oh, and make them all drive priuses, ala’ trading in tanks for Strykers. Good job!

  16. B Woodman says:

    What?! Two years and he’s missed his goal(s)? If I did that, I’d be either fired or no payraise/promotion, AND a bad EER.
    Why is he still in that job position?

  17. SFC D says:

    @16 his boss failed to even come close to his goals in 4 years and was re-elected

  18. beretverde says:

    Give him a beret, a cup of coffee and a handshake…then put a boot up his …. He should get that message.

  19. Rock8 says:

    I give him (a little) credit for sticking with it. The real lack in leadership is the failure of Shinseki’s boss to fire him for incompetency.

  20. Devtun says:


    Competency? More like kiss the ring. You do realize Emperor BO hired Hagel as SECDEF, Skerry as Secy of State, kept Joey Biden as VP for a 2nd term, and renominated GEN Dempsey as chairman for another 2 yrs? Shinseki is fireproof. He kisses the ring – frequently.

  21. OldSoldier54 says:

    @20 – I’m pretty sure that the ring ain’t the only thing he’s kissing … worthless dog turd that he is …

  22. MAJMike says:

    The ring he kissed is in need of bleaching.

  23. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    It must be nice to work in a job where you predict a level of return for your stakeholders and miss that mark buy a negative 60%. Usually in the private sector that rate of return results in some new faces at your desk as you are escorted into the parking lot and asked to never, ever return…..

    The private sector does reward 4sskissers as well, but this level of failure is unacceptable no matter how hard you work your tongue.

  24. Jason says:

    What an asshole! Gee, Eric. The only reason he is not leaving is because of the backlog? Please do not move on and let someone that will do something about it take over.

  25. David says:

    If he ain’t leaving tillits fixed, based on current progress, he is now Director for Life of the VA