The competency question

First of all, congratulations to the Republican Party of Nevada who have somehow completed the monumental task of counting 33,000 votes in about 33 hours.  That’s 1,000 votes per hour folks.

Party officials blame the delay on voting discrepancies and their old-fashioned voting method of using handwritten ballots.

I think the words “Party officials blame” should be considered the official slogan of the GOP.

Let’s just hope these numbers hold up.  When Republicans count votes, things get muddled sometimes often.

I joked yesterday how Republicans are trying to portray themselves as the protectors of ballot sanctity, while being unable to count 33,000 votes.   That bit about ballot sanctity is the fig leaf they present to hide their motives behind passing all these new laws making it more difficult to vote.

But leaving aside the issue of voter suppression (for now), let’s talk about competence.  Republicans appear to be getting less competent as the demand for ideological purity grows within the party.  We saw what happens when you put a horsing association lawyer in charge of FEMA.  And we saw what happens when you send some 23-year old college grads over to Iraq to run the country, based on their ideology, rather than experience.

And with these incompetent Republican campaigns competing in contests managed by incompetent Republican party officials, it doesn’t appear that much has changed.  Thirty-one years ago, Reagan said:

Government isn’t the solution to the problem; government is the problem.

I’m pretty sure Reagan didn’t mean that literally.  I’m basing this opinion on the fact that he didn’t disband the government, sure, but also, he sort of did things while in office, like work with Democrats to shore up Social Security funding.  And he seemed to value at least some competence in many of the people he appointed to, you know, govern.

What Reagan meant as a rhetorical applause line has become an ideological platform within the Republican Party. And it shows.  When you don’t believe in the philosophy that government is both necessary and often a good thing, then you tend to not care as much about the qualifications for government positions.  If government is only a “necessary evil” and it comes time to appoint the administrator for a government agency, one might look for ideological purity, rather than the best resume.

Author: Wiesman

Husband, father, video game developer, liberal, and perpetual Underdog.

3 thoughts on “The competency question”

  1. One might look for ideological purity, rather than the best resume?
    Who they are what they want to do
    Richard Holbrooke AfghanistanCzar Ultra liberal anti gun former Gov. Of New Mexico. Pro Abortion and legal drug use. Dissolve the 2nd Amendment
    Ed Montgomery Auto recovery Czar Univ of Maryland Business School Dean teaches US business has caused world poverty. ACORN board member. Communist DuBois Club member.
    Alan Bersin Border Czar The former failed superintendent of San Diego . Ultra Liberal friend of Hilary Clinton. Served as Border Czar under Janet Reno – to keep borders open to illegals without interference from US
    David J. Hayes California Water Czar Sr. Fellow of radical environmentalist group, “Progress Policy”. No training or experience in water management whatsoever.
    Ron Bloom Car Czar Auto Union worker. Anti business & anti nuclear. Has worked hard to force US auto makers out of business. Sits on the Board of Chrysler which is now Auto Union owned. How did this happen?
    Lynn Rosenthal Domestic Violence Czar Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Vicious anti male feminist. Supported male castration.
    Gil Kerlikowske Drug Czar devoted lobbyist for every restrictive gun law proposal, Former Chief of Police in Liberal Seattle. Believes no American should own a firearm. Supports legalization of all drugs
    Paul Volcker E conomicCzar Head of Fed Reserve under Jimmy Carter when US economy nearly failed. Obama appointed head of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board which engineered the Obama economic disaster to US economy. Member of anti business “Progressive Policy” organization
    Carol Brower Energy and Environment Czar Political Radical Former head of EPA – known for anti-business activism. Strong anti-gun ownership.
    Joshua DuBois Faith Based Czar Political Black activist-Degree in Black Nationalism. Anti gun ownership lobbyist. Cameron Davis Great LakesCzar Chicago radical anti business environmentalist. Blames George Bush for “Poisoning the water that minorities have to drink.” No experience or training in water management. Former ACORN Board member (what does that tell us?)
    Van Jones Green Jobs Czar (since resigned).. Black activist Member of American communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party who said Geo Bush caused the 911 attack and wanted Bush investigated by the World Court for war crimes. Black activist with strong anti-white views.
    Nancy-Ann DeParle. Health Czar Former head of Medicare / Medicaid. Strong Health Care Rationing proponent. She is married to a reporter for The New York Times.
    Vivek Kundra Information Czar Born in New Delhi , India . Controls all public information, including labels and news releases. Monitors all private Internet emails. (hello?)
    Dennis Blair Intelligence Czar Ret. Navy. Stopped US guided missile program as “provocative”. Chair of ultra liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.
    George Mitchell Mideast Peace Czar Fmr. Sen from Maine Left wing radical. Has said Israel should be split up into “2 or 3 ” smaller more manageable plots”. (God forbid) A true Anti-nuclear anti-gun & pro homosexual ”special rights” advocate
    Kenneth Feinberg Pay Czar Lawyer who got rich off the 911 victims payoffs.
    Cass Sunstein Regulatory Czar Liberal activist judge believes free speech needs to be limited for the “common good”. Essentially against 1st amendment. Rules against personal freedoms many times like right to free speech.
    John Holdren Science Czar Fierce ideological environmentalist, Sierra Club, Anti business activist. Claims US business has caused world poverty. No Science training.
    Earl Devaney Stimulus Accountability Czar. J. Scott Gration Sudan Czar Native of Democratic Republic of Congo . Believes US does little to help Third World countries. Council of foreign relations, asking for higher US taxes to support United Nations
    Herb Allison TARP Czar John Brennan Terrorism Czar Anti CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or gov. affairs. Believes Open Borders to Mexico and a dialog with terrorists and has suggested Obama disband US military A TOTAL MORON!!!!!
    Aneesh Chopra Technology Czar No Technology training. Worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals. Anti doctor activist. Supports Obama Health care Rationing and salaried doctors working exclusively for the Gov. health care plan. Good Grief!
    Adolfo Carrion Jr.. Urban Affairs Czar Puerto Rican born Anti American activist and leftist group member in Latin America . Millionaire “slum lord” of the Bronx , NY. Owns many lavish homes and condos which he got from “sweetheart” deals with labor unions. Wants higher taxes on middle class to pay for minority housing and health care.
    Ashton Carter Weapons Czar Leftist. Wants all private weapons in US destroyed. Supports UN ban on firearms ownership in America .. No Other “policy”
    Gary Samore WMD Policy Czar Former US Communist. Wants US to destroy all WMD unilaterally as a show of good faith. Has no other “policy”.
    These are the people who are helping President Obama in the RUNNING of our country and the White House?

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