Remember: the Veterans Administration was held up as a shining beacon by the Left on how to do socialized medicine. Or should I say ‘Socialist?’ – Because this story is certainly, ah, evocative:
As the hearing stretched into the night, [House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff] Miller told the committee about a visit some committee staff took to the Philadelphia Regional Office earlier this month. As several committee aides were preparing to meet with officials July 2, one aide visited the restroom. In the restroom, the committee aide found a notebook that belonged to Acting Regional Director Diana Rubens, apparently directing an official preparing for the briefing to ignore a certain committee aide’s questions. The notes also listed the names of two whistleblowers the committee had been in communication with as well as the names of committee investigators.
Rubens, who claimed that her comments on the notebook were taken out of context, and that she simply wrote the names down when they were mentioned to her.
The committee investigators were directed to a workspace at the regional office which was outfitted with cameras and microphones. Upon discovering they were being monitored, the aides requested to be moved.
Ah, yes. Writing down names of wreckers and saboteurs, and spying on investigators. Truly, this is a glorious era of good and transparent government that Barack Obama has given us. But do you know what the VA really needs? That’s right: A Five-Year Plan. And maybe a work camp or two? – Well, maybe that’s a little unfair.
Moe Lane (crosspost)