He's Not There
is purely coincidental, but this is only because the nation
as a whole has no contact with reality
--A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do
The more he looked inside, the more Piglet wasn't there
--The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne
Well no one told me about her, what could I do
Well no one told me about her, though they all knew
Please don't bother tryin' to find her
She's not there
--She's Not There, The Zombies
"This resignation is long overdue, and welcome. had no business handling our nation's veterans, and was an inept political appointee like at FEMA. The result of his tenure at the was a bungled budget that was billions short, budget cuts that hurt veterans, and personal data of thousands of veterans being stolen. Nicholson resigning is the best thing to happen to our nation's veterans during the Bush administration.
"It's now up to the President to nominate someone qualified to head the VA, and for the Congress to make sure that only the most qualified person is confirmed. Our nation's veterans deserve nothing less."
While it is true that our nation's vets deserve nothing less, that is surely what they shall get if it is in the hands of GWB to nominate a successor. The hurdle-jumping question for all administration nominees is not who will best serve the client population, but rather, who is under their cloak, and will look good when propped up like the Marlboro Man in front of the paparazzi.
Though this is an opportunity, it is also a foregone conclusion. Eighteen months of passes to go.
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