Ex-FEMA Chief Joins List of Unsuccessful Appointees

  1. [font=arial,sans-serif][font=arial,sans-serif]from washingtonpost.com:
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    [font=arial,sans-serif][color=#333399]ex-fema chief joins list of unsuccessful appointees
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    the dismissal of michael d. brown, who was just forced out as head of the federal emergency management agency, is not so much an aberration as part of a pattern in washington.

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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    There does appear to be a long pattern of unsuccessful appointees in Washington. Very good article Karen.
  4. by   bluesky
    Why can't you just admit Michael Brown and his appointment are embarassing failures to this administration? I mean I have no problem bashing Hillary or seeing the shortcomings of Carter. Why won't you guys ever point blank admit that your guy messed up? You always have to pass the buck or say look the other guy did it too.

    I mean I was the first to cringe when that idiot governor from Louisiana, a democrat, revealed the complete imcompetence of her being by refusing assistance and making offensive statements. I don't need to conger up a list of all other previous idiot governors to dilute her incompetence.

    I know I'm going to get slapped for this post... no regrets though
  5. by   Mkue
    Quote from bluesky
    Why can't you just admit Michael Brown and his appointment are embarassing failures to this administration? I mean I have no problem bashing Hillary or seeing the shortcomings of Carter. Why won't you guys ever point blank admit that your guy messed up? You always have to pass the buck or say look the other guy did it too.

    I mean I was the first to cringe when that idiot governor from Louisiana, a democrat, revealed the complete imcompetence of her being by refusing assistance and making offensive statements. I don't need to conger up a list of all other previous idiot governors to dilute her incompetence.

    I know I'm going to get slapped for this post... no regrets though
    I think it's important to use previous examples to analyze a problem. We might think a problem is new, when actually there might be a pattern.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Mkue
    I think it's important to use previous examples to analyze a problem. We might think a problem is new, when actually there might be a pattern.
    Very good response. I definitely agree with you.
  7. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from Mkue
    I think it's important to use previous examples to analyze a problem. We might think a problem is new, when actually there might be a pattern.
    Then why not use Bush's other fqilures or his daddie's, or some of Reagons or Nixon's? Why is it always Clinton, whose biggest mistake is a private one, until Republicans made it a very public issue.

    Grannynurse
  8. by   Mkue
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    Then why not use Bush's other fqilures or his daddie's, or some of Reagons or Nixon's? Why is it always Clinton, whose biggest mistake is a private one, until Republicans made it a very public issue.

    Grannynurse
    We can do that too..we could go back 100 years or more
  9. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from Mkue
    We can do that too..we could go back 100 years or more
    No, some just seem to prefer to focus on our last President. Seems they were not satisfied with wasting 40 million dollars on an unending, pointless investigation but also a failed impeachment. And now they and some, continue to blame 9/11 on Clinton. I'm just surprised they have blamed the Civil War on him, yet.

    Grannynurse
  10. by   Tweety
    The main problem is politicians appoint friends, business associates, people they owe favors too, people who have made contributions.

    They do not appoint qualified, educated people. For example, they will appoint an oil executive in charge of the energy program, when perhaps they need to be looking for a PhD in our universities. It's a messed up system that puts incompetent people in charge of important issues.
  11. by   Katnip
    Tweety, you got it. The Good Ol' Boy network is alive and well in Washington. And who's going to put a stop to it? Congress? Not in this lifetime.
  12. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from cyberkat
    Tweety, you got it. The Good Ol' Boy network is alive and well in Washington. And who's going to put a stop to it? Congress? Not in this lifetime.
    It has been alive and well through out our entire history, unfortunately. No one forces the appointees to take a position they are unqualified for, they do it for their own vested interest. Both need to take a look at their own reasons, own qualifications.

    Grannynurse
  13. by   Katnip
    I agree with you, Granny. But in reality, few people are going to turn down a cushy job with lots of power, outstanding benefits, and high pay even if they aren't qualified.

    These appointees are usually people who are accustomed to living well and having good incomes to begin with. When they're offered something that gives them even more, they aren't going to do any soul-searching, they're going to take more.

    They're also usually well educated and feel entitled to high-power jobs, regardless of true qualifications.

    Or maybe they've managed to fooling themselves into thinking they can do anything because of previous education and position. I'm sure they've been surrounded by their share of yes-men who tell them how wonderful they are.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm wondering how many human resources departments have ever hired incompetent people? How many people do you personally work with that seem like they should never have been hired?

    I'd venture to say that this happens everywhere since there are varying degrees of competency in all walks of life.

    There is nothing new under the sun.

    And problems didn't spring up spontaneously when Bush was elected.

    I actually have criticized Bush - I think he has made mistakes.

    And regarding Clinton . . .his worst mistake was not cigars and Monica (maybe his most disgusting) . . .

    steph

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