Sunday, May 18, 2014

Government Motors - UPDATED and BUMPED

[orig post 5.12.14 12:13pm]

Let people die on your watch, and this is what will happen to you:
1) Private Sector: Fired and face criminal charges.
2) Public Sector: Transferred in good standing.

Thirteen people died over multiple years because of a known faulty ignition switch in GM cars.  Announced today, the person who had the authority to save those lives, but didn't, was just fired transferred.

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co has reassigned an executive who dealt with U.S. safety regulators probing defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, as part of a restructuring meant to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said on Monday.

M. Carmen Benavides, director of field product investigations and evaluations and an executive who has worked closely with U.S. safety regulators in Washington, has been shifted to a new job in the Detroit automaker's safety group, GM spokesman Greg Martin said.
 You're fooling yourself if you think GM is a public company.

Keep in mind for the coming unpleasantness: the number of dead is never a factor.

Remember the 76 who burned alive?  Those in a position to save them were transferred (and promoted) too.

UPDATED 5.12.14 1:30pm:

When it rains, it pours.

The Veterans Administration has a festering rash of scandals that are starting to get more attention from the new media.  We found these Washington Examiner links from InstaPundit today:

Veterans Affairs officials purged 1.5 million unfinished medical orders

More than 1.5 million medical orders were canceled by the Department of Veterans Affairs without any guarantee the patients received the treatment or tests they needed, the Washington Examiner has found.

Since May 2013, veterans' medical centers nationwide have been under pressure to clear out 2 million backlogged orders for patient care or services.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says agency is open and accountable, then clams up

Openness and accountability are important to maintain the public's trust in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Eric Shinseki told a congressional committee Thursday.

But then he refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether top administrators were disciplined for preventable patient deaths at veterans’ hospitals.

Veterans Affairs purged thousands of medical tests to 'game' its backlog stats

Thousands of orders for diagnostic medical tests have been purged en masse by the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it appear its decade-long backlog is being eliminated, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

About 40,000 appointments were “administratively closed” in Los Angeles, and another 13,000 were cancelled in Dallas in 2012. 
That means the patients did not receive the tests or treatment that had been ordered, but rather the orders for the follow-up procedures were simply deleted from the agency’s records.

Anybody want to bet a Commie Obama Hat that Secretary Eric Shinseki will suffer for these abuses to our veterans?

U/T: Washinton Examiner Mark Flatten and Mark Tapscott

UPDATED 5.14.14 8pm:

FB Comrade, hat owner, and Vietnam Vet, "Doc," shared this today:

UPDATED 5.15.14 1pm:

90 Miles shares this one:


The VA scandal is now being called criminal by everyone except the executive branch.  Judge Jeanine (via WZ):

Regardless of how this happened or if Obama was involved, one thing is clear:  The VA (like General Motors above) acted with the negligence and low standards of conduct that has become synonymous with the Democrat Party.

UPDATED 6.3.14:

The death count for GM's faulty ignition switch has been updated from the previously reported 13. 74 is now the reported number of GM customers who died using their GM products.  (ZH)

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