Wednesday Commentary: Government Travel

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. – Potter Stewart

You’ve probably heard about the members of the Trump Administration having problems with travel. Some are acting like a teenager with a new car and daddy’s credit card. So far, there are four who are under scrutiny for their travel.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned. There should be more resignations because the folks who are screwing up all know better.

The latest mess deals with the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, who reportedly cruised the Thames, took in sight-seeing at Westminster Abbey, and watched a Wimbledon tennis match during a 10-day European trip with his wife. The trip was half business, half pleasure. (Fortune)

Montana’s own Ryan Zinke, who is now the Department of Interior Secretary, is one of the four cabinet members who are having some problems with travel.

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VA: Investigating From Within

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has been investigating the VA hospital in Phoenix where veterans were waiting months for appointments and employees, as President Obama said, “cooked the books” to cover up delays in providing timely appointments.

The IG issued a draft report from their investigation this week. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The VA contends the VA’s IG is an “independent” part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Do you buy that? Most of us who have served in the military know all about the IG and their so-called independence.

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