US Bureaucracy, for a change

Visited the VA while I’m in the US. There’s a new system called “My Health-E-Vet”.

I did manage to sign up, much to my surprise. Now, to make the system actually useful, I need to complete these three steps:

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1. Download, print, and sign the VA Release of Information (ROI) form (10-5345a-MHV) (PDF)
2. Mail your signed form to the Release of Information Office at your local VA health care facility. You can use the Facility Locator to find the address
3. Select YES – UPGRADE MY ACCOUNT
Note: Please, allow up to 20 business days to complete the Online Authentication process.
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I stand in utter awe of this level of incompetence and bureaucracy. I don’t think I could achieve it if I made an active effort.

One characteristic which distinguishes US bureaucracy is resource intensiveness.

5 Comments

  1. Ed K

    You are interested in how VA works? Amazing!

    It was said, “I stand in utter awe of this level of
    incompetence and bureaucracy. I don’t think I
    could achieve it if I made an active effort.”

    The important thing is ask questions.

    Why is this so?

    Several reasons. Such would include the ablest
    of the younger population accepting the result
    rather than doing something about it. This is well
    illustrated in those who were taught leadership
    skills in military moving on and not accepting the
    burdens of leadership.

    Another reason is illustrated by Patrick Barron in
    his recent posting about ‘ersatz’. This comment is
    based in economic optimization wherein economics
    seeks the highest and best use of resources.

    All these apply to humans. Are the people involved
    being used for their highest and best use? Is a man in
    a position where his leadership training is being put
    to use?

    Or does he accept minimal results for his time? And is
    on perpetual vacation visiting exotic places and chasing
    exotic women?

    My wife says that such behavior is fine. He is not burden
    on others and is not leaving many former wives and
    crumb snatchers behind every new place.

    However, I look at these words, “This is what
    entrepreneurship can look like. It’s a beautiful thing,
    really. It takes courage to blaze a new trail.”

    Yes, it takes courage to raise a flock of crumb snatchers.
    It takes effort to stay married and keep fickle lady happy.

    Maybe it takes too much ability and courage. It certainly
    takes more than ethereal dreams and visiting exotic places.

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    1. Roman

      Why is this so?

      To paraphrase Thomas Sowell: I can’t think of a stupid way to make important decisions than to put them in the hands of people who face no consequences for them.

      Regarding my ex-patriot life: I think my best contributions will be in commerce and writing. I may return to the US to help pick up the pieces after the collapse, but there’s nothing that you or I can do to stop it. We can only prepare.

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      1. Ed K

        I am familar with Thomas Sowell’s quote.

        As I said:

        ‘Such would include the ablest
        of the younger population accepting the result
        rather than doing something about it. This is well
        illustrated in those who were taught leadership
        skills in military moving on and not accepting the
        burdens of leadership.’

        So we have a reincarnation of Benito Mussolini as President.
        Maybe a fight on our hands.

        Rember heritage is different from place of birth in
        determining tribial affiliation.

        And which tribe do you belong to? Review that
        your ancestors were not wanted in past by which tribe?

        Maybe a visit to Siberia is relevant in evaluating truth.

        Jerry Kramer recalled Vince’s Lombardi’s
        logan,”You don’t do things right once in a while.
        You do them right all the time.” ‘This is the right
        way to do it. Which way are you going to do it?’

        So when the going gets tuff, what is the right thing
        to do?

        Ed K

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