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ObamaGrav.jpgI’m sorry, but many Americans simply do not trust the Federal use of funds. I have clipped a few lines from the CNN.com report about the fiasco with funds — bonuses — at the VA and this report is tapping into distrust of the “system” and its “use of funds.”

Please don’t misunderstand me: I’m for health care reform, and I believe we owe it to our fellow citizens to make sure everyone is covered with health care. And I want to hear the Obamacare proposals out — I’m for what is best for all Americans. But…

Here is a question I’m hearing from many: How can we be confident that the Health Care reforms will be managed well financially? What is the government’s track record at estimating potential costs and handling funds?

WASHINGTON (CNN) — While hundreds of thousands of disability
claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands
of technology employees at the department received $24 million in
bonuses, a new report says.

A report issued by the VA’s Office of
Inspector General said the department issued millions of dollars in
awards over a two-year period in 2007 and 2008.

“The frequent and large dollar amount awards given to employees were unusual and often absurd,” the report stated.

The reports also called the payments “not fiscally responsible.”

Four
high-level employees received about $60,000, $73,000, $58,000, and
$59,000, respectively, according to the report, without sufficient
justification. Another employee received a $4,500 performance award
within the first 90 days of her employment from a manager who said that
she did not even remember her.

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