Tuesday, September 20, 2005

More Critical Mass Cronyism

This from WaPo:
The push to appoint Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, comes in the midst of intense debate over the qualifications of department political appointees involved in the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.

Get this:

Even Republican Senator George Voinivich says she's not qualified for the job. And what's she got to say to that?
In written answers to questions from Congress, Myers highlighted her year-long job as assistant secretary for export enforcement at Commerce, where she said she supervised 170 employees and a $25 million budget.

Good God. I'm more qualified for that job than she is.

Except for this:
Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She married [Homeland Security Secretary Michael] Chertoff's current chief of staff, John F. Wood, on Saturday.

They're not even bothering to cover it up to any more.


No doubt this latest round of neo-cronyism will lead to more no-bid contract awards for border guards and immigration administration. But I'm more worried about what this political incest is leading to. We've already seen a mass exodus of competent career government employees who'd rather take their chances in the private sector than work under incompetent members of the greater Bush friends and family circle. By 2008, there will be nobody left in federal government who knows what the hell they're doing.


  1. The kleptocracy just keeps on going.

    However, it's looking like the Repubs won't be able to rip off Social Security, at least not directly. They're still "borrowing" from the trust fund, of course.

    Hurricane Rita is looking really bad for the area south of Galveston and there's every reason to expect many more hurricanes this year. Bush et al. will have more opportunities to rip off taxpayers in the name of hurricane relief.

    Oil prices are spiking again because of Rita's threat to the oil infrastructure in the Gulf and near Houston so we'll be seeing another round of gas price increases.

    Greenspan bumped up the fed rate which surprised me a little since the economy is so unstable.

    We've been watching the situation in Iraq get worse and worse. At what point does the U.S. pull out all contractors associated with repairing Iraq's infrastructure? I know they really just hide in the Green Zone but when do they give up the pretense of even that token effort?

    If the U.S. stops the rebuilding effort, that eliminates one of the major reasons for Iraqis to tolerate the occupation. Then, the U.S. is only staying to forestall a full-out civil war. If Bush is forced to reduce troop levels and the violence spirals into complete chaos, there is nothing legitimate left to justify a U.S. presence.

    America will be facing massive domestic and foreign crises with incompetent federal leadership. We're really screwed.

  2. We can now expect great things from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement Agency. How soon before she encourages the homegrown militias to do her job?

    I wish I were cynical enough to just pop some popcorn and watch the disaster, but god help me I still love this country and mourn its demise.

  3. TL,

    That's precisely what I fear.


    It really is difficult to watch.