The motto of bureaucrats prepared to thwart reform and preserve the status quo, it has been wryly observed, is "This, too, shall pass." The strategy is to simply wait out reform efforts in the confidence that that they will fade away as inertia prevails and attention is turned elsewhere.
That must not be allowed to happen in the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. In a pointed speech on the House floor last week, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, noted Washington's "short attention span" on some issues. The VA system, and in particular the problem-plagued CAVHCS, can't be one of them.