TSA, the VA, Venezuela and Bernie

What do these have in common—TSA, the VA, Venezuela and Bernie Sanders?

You may have already guessed, but first, in case you missed this on your Twitter feed....

UPDATE: Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA, following our hearing on May 12 on mismanagement at TSA.

— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) May 23, 2016

CNN has more:

The House Oversight Committee conducted a hearing on TSA's operations on May 12. At the hearing the TSA Administrator, Peter Neffenger, was questioned why Hoggan was given $90,000 in bonuses when security lines were not improving.

His agency is on the defensive after three former TSA employees testified that they were retaliated against after "directed reassignments," where employees who have highlighted wrongdoing within the administration are shifted to other assignments.

Neffenger said then that he did not "tolerate" potential retaliation against whistleblowers and pledged to "look into it."

The TSA declined to comment. But in an internal memo from Neffenger on Monday, the TSA announced several changes to its management.

That's the same TSA that is making our lives miserable across America, many of us missing planes, with its total incompetence and endless airport security lines.

 Meanwhile—the same day—over at the Veterans Affairs:

"The days to an appointment is really not what we should be measuring. What we should be measuring is the veteran's satisfaction," [Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob] McDonald told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, according to The Hill newspaper. "When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line?" he asked. "What's important is what's your satisfaction with the experience."

What kind of ghastly human being compares waiting to have an artificial limb so you can walk again with waiting for a ride on the Matterhorn or Pirates of the Caribbean?  Unfortunately, the answer is, you guessed it, "a government official."  (And, of course, you'll also guess who jumped on this one.)

It's obvious what these two Monday reports have in common—they're  from government agencies.  We expect them to be incompetent and so they are.  Indeed, it's almost certain TSA's work could be done better by the private sector.  Veterans Affairs is a bit more complicated, but even so....the more government agencies you have, the more a country comes to resemble....