Skip to comments.IN WASHINGTON, IT'S ALWAYS THE YEAR OF THE RAT(ANN COULTER)
Posted on 03/14/2007 3:44:52 PM PDT by kellynla
Democrats have leapt on reports of mold, rats and bureaucratic hurdles at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as further proof of President George Bush's failed war policies.
To the contrary, the problems at Walter Reed are further proof of the Democrats' failed domestic policies to wit, the civil service rules that prevent government employees from ever being fired. (A policy that also may account for Robert Byrd's longevity as a U.S. senator.)
Thanks to the Democrats, government employees have the world's most complicated set of job protection rules outside of the old East Germany. Oddly enough, this has not led to a dynamic workforce in the nation's capital.
Noticeably, the problems at Walter Reed are not with the doctors or medical care. The problems are with basic maintenance at the facility. Unless U.S. Army generals are supposed to be spraying fungicide on the walls and crawling under beds to set rattraps, the slovenly conditions at Walter Reed are not their fault. The military is nominally in charge of Walter Reed, but because of civil service rules put into place by Democrats the maintenance crew can't be fired.
You know, I was wondering if there were
these kinds of problems at the Naval
Hospital in Bethesda.
The last few years on FR have taught me that a sickening number of folks believe the State is only troublesome when the other team is in charge.
....yeah, but are they FAGS...???
My understanding of the Walter Reed issue was that the problems were with the living quarters for patients receiving extended outpatient treatment.
Is this what you mean?
Thank you for posting the FULL TEXT of Ann's column!
Here is another:
Wait, I thought the Dept. of (Re)Education was created during the Carter Administration?
Right you may be....but who is in charge of the contractors? My bet it is some 250 pound civiliangovernmentunionshemaleemployee who shrugs and takes another bite out of their doughnut during their everythirtyminutecoffeebreak........
Are you talking about janitorial, building maintenance (i.e., repairs) or both?
She kicks liberal arse. Which is why they hate her so much. If a liberal had struck up that comment about Mitt Romney, would we have even heard about it???
"...Democrats have leapt on reports of mold, rats and bureaucratic hurdles at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as further proof of President George Bush's failed war policies.Also from pookie18's Today's Toons 3/13/07:
To the contrary, the problems at Walter Reed are further proof of the Democrats' failed domestic policies to wit, the civil service rules that prevent government employees from ever being fired (a policy that also may account for Robert Byrd's longevity as a U.S. senator)." - Ann Coulter
As always, Miss Coulter is precise, biting, and right on target.
What a great ability it is to see so clearly through all of the liberal nonsense.
She is an American treasure.
"By inferring that civil service protected government workers are to blame for the dirt and mold at Walter Reed, Ann is somewhat off the mark here. A quick check reveals that housekeeping services at Walter Reed have been handled by a private contractor since 2003."
I think you mean "implying" rather than inferring. But to your point...
When Bush came in the Army began looking at contracting out some services at places like Walter Reed. After a review process that took FIVE YEARS and 7 MILLION DOLLARS, the first "independent contractors" just started coming in at the end of 2006.
But the Democrats put all sorts of limitations on them, such as only 200 government workers could be replaced at Walter Reed and the government workers had to offered the job first.
But I believe Coulter's basic point is NO ONE in DC works -- the entire workforce is a joke -- because of the civil service protections for 80% of the workforce.
I read elsewhere on FR that maintenance was contracted out last year, but it was only effective this year, and that half of the old maintenance staff quit during the interim, leaving the remaining government staff sorely understaffed, thus the deterioration. If this is true, then Ann is correct.
Unions Hope Democrats Will Counter GOP Policy Changes - washingtonpost.com
Washington Business Journal - November 10, 2006
by Vandana Sinha
Walter Reed Army Medical Center plans to cut at least 200 jobs early next year in its drawn-out, bitterly contested effort to outsource more work to a private contractor.
The army hospital expects to turn over hundreds of jobs to Florida-based IAP Worldwide Services, whose representatives arrived on the hospital's D.C. campus for the first time this week to start the transition.
The move is part of a larger federal initiative to determine whether government agencies or private companies can do a better job at a lower price.
After five years of protests, employee appeals and congressional counterattacks, a $120 million five-year contract was awarded this January to IAP. Walter Reed is slated to be shut down by 2011 as part of the Defense Department's massive closing and realignment project.
While federal outsourcing isn't new, "the Bush administration has been more aggressive in outsourcing all nonessential services," says Ray Bjorklund, chief knowledge officer for FedSources, a McLean market research firm. "The concept is to go ahead and outsource that stuff so you can concentrate on the core mission."
The Army started a basewide review of Walter Reed in June 2000. The sweeping evaluation of more than 1,100 jobs finally narrowed its focus to an estimated 350 mostly blue-collar maintenance jobs.
IAP will assume much of the base's support work, including postal services, military police support, administration and budget support, network support, housing management, transportation functions, grounds maintenance, utility systems, heating and cooling services, hospital housekeeping, laundry service and warehouse operations.
IAP started the transition this week by surveying and inventorying base property, setting up its technology networks and interviewing for jobs.
Since the contract was awarded, some staffers have already left for new jobs. Army officials expect the exodus to continue, lowering the estimated layoff total to 200, according to a filing with the D.C. Department of Employment Services.
"As soon as this happens, everybody looks for another job," says Mark Jones, assistant to Joseph Whitaker, the Army deputy assistant for installations and housing. "Most people either take the move or find another job or are placed in priority placement."
IAP is required by federal law to first offer unfilled contract jobs to qualified government employees facing a pink slip, though it is not required to guarantee anyone a final slot.
"We will interview all existing personnel who apply for employment consideration," says Arlene Mellinger, a spokeswoman for IAP, whose majority owner and investor recently anointed former Treasury Secretary John Snow as its chairman.
Walter Reed is just a drop in the bucket for IAP. Last month, the company announced its bid to compete for a $50 billion Army contract to provide food and shelter for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan -- a contract long held by KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary that used to employ IAP's top two officers.
IAP has also won grounds and maintenance outsourcing contracts for other Army installations, including Fort Meade in Maryland, but the Walter Reed deal received the most flak.
Union groups and congressional members charged that the six-year process ignored crucial federal deadlines and spawned several versions of the solicitation.
In August, the White House Office of Management and Budget, which says that the contract was awarded fairly, projected cost savings of about $6 million a year for the next five years.
Walter Reed to cut 200 jobs, outsource support work - Washington Business Journal:
So only 200 OUT OF MORE THAN 1,000 jobs have only just started to be turned over to "private contractors." And only after they offer them to the current government employees first.
AND THE DEMS ARE FIGHTING THAT!
"You are right. Maintenance was contracted out last year. I disagree with Coulter on this."
Please read my last three previous posts above.
Ilove what she said at the end about Cleland and Chambliss. It was a pleasure to boot Cleland out of office....he's been burning bridges and showing his true colors ever since.