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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Blind Leading the Blind

By requiring Michael Brown, director of FEMA, to step down, the Bush administration really went to the root of the problem. If government officials are being given the ax for their failures in preparing for and responding to Hurricane Katrina, there are going to be a number of local, state, and federal politicians and government employees being replaced.

Michael Brown, according to Maureen Dowd, “was a college buddy of Joe Allbaugh, who worked as [George W. Bush’s] chief of staff when he was Texas governor and as his 2000 presidential campaign manager.” Although Ms. Dowd generally leans a bit too far to the left for my liking, I agreed with her September 10, New York Times article in which she asserted that Bush has been unwise in appointing to important government positions unqualified individuals to whom he owes favors. When previous Commanders-in-Chief have favored friends by finding desirable jobs for them, the former presidents have at least placed them where they could do no harm, Ms. Dowd claims.

Michael Brown, Ms. Dowd states, was “a failed former lawyer with a degree from a semiaccredited law school,” and Michael Brown’s only experience in emergency management was as “assistant city manager” in Edmond, Oklahoma, she writes. Ms. Dowd accuses that President Bush’s “political decisions have been shaped more by loyalty than substance or competence.” On the subject of the competence, or incompetence, of President Bush’s appointees, what are President Bush’s qualifications? President Bush owned a baseball team and was elected to Texas Governor on his father’s name. Analogous to the blind leading the blind, it is the uncredentialed appointing the uncredentialed.


  • Don't forget Bush's business failures! Is it any wonder that we're in such a huge deficit right now.

    And Brownie was qualified. He ran horse shows! HORSIES!! neigh! neigh!

    By Blogger!, at 7:31 PM, September 12, 2005  

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