Tag: incompetence

You’re Fired!

 

A few weeks ago, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal noted that in spite of multiple examples of incompetence and non-performance in the Biden Administration, Joe Biden hasn’t fired anyone. Since it’s been reported that he has 560 people in the Executive Office, he certainly has plenty of people to choose from. So I have to wonder, after almost two years, is there no one he’d like to replace with somebody more knowledgeable and competent in any position?

Having the same staff in place after all this time is a mystery to me. Does Biden think his people are more talented than the rest of us who see how disastrous their performance is? Is there a secret prohibition against letting people go? Does he think firing someone will make him “look bad?” (Is there a way he could look any worse than he does?) Or did he demand that everyone needed to take a loyalty oath when they were hired that would guarantee them lifetime federal government employment?

Does the Biden Administration Intentionally Go Out of Its Way to Hire Stupid People?

 

Someone (possibly Jim Geraghty at National Review) recently offered up the opinion that Obama’s “E Team” (those left after the A, B, C, and D teams had left the White House over two terms) were Biden’s “A Team.” Clearly in the Biden Administration, we are not getting “the best and brightest.” Does the Biden Administration intentionally hire stupid people, or is the problem that only stupid people will work for the Biden Administration?

I am posting this because of a story so idiotic it would be unbelievable, but we have seen so much idiocy at the Biden Administration, maybe it’s true (and not Babylon Bee).

Quote of the Day: Conspiracy or Incompetence?

 

“Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence.”  — Charles Krauthammer

I still miss him. Charles Krauthammer was able to observe the political landscape with savvy and insight, and often nailed the Washington scene accordingly. But when I read this quotation, I wondered if Charles would make the same observation, given the events of the last five to ten years.

Hubris and the Lack of Humility

 

Afghanistan is a catastrophe on so many levels in terms of the military, governance, human beings, security, with an overabundance of hubris and lack of humility. But, you might say, we have always acted out of hubris in the past and gotten away with it. And why would anyone expect a show of humility from any president, past or present? The reason is that the current devastation is costing our country, the Afghan people, and the rest of the world dearly, because decisions were made out of gross incompetence and the very attributes I am citing.

I couldn’t help wondering if our pride in the greatness of our country has finally caught up with us. Were we too prideful? Did we refuse to learn from our mistakes and spend all our time blaming others for our problems? Did we believe our own propaganda so thoroughly as a world leader that we’ve been unable to reflect on our own actions or refused to make tough decisions?

Magical Thinking (or, Nobody Knows Nothin’)

 

When I was a budding novelist, I quickly learned that the publishing world didn’t care about my aspirational goals. I had to conform to the publisher, not vice versa. As many positive thoughts as I lavished on my first novel, it never saw print because it wasn’t very good. Eventually I learned, over the 20-year process of writing three more unpublished novels, how to write fiction. It’s true that I probably wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t believed in raw talent worth developing. Positive thinking, while it bridged no gaps, at least provided a launching platform. But between the dream and the realization was a long (like, 20-year) stretch of hard work.

For some time now, I’ve had the feeling that our culture is marked, not by positive thinking, but by magical thinking. Psychologically, “magical thinking” is the belief that one’s personal thoughts, fears, and goals influence the outside world. Young children indulge in magical thinking all the time: a child who prays every night that his parents will stop fighting, for instance, could feel he’s to blame when Mom and Dad stop the fights by splitting up. This is normal for kids, but a grownup who indulges in such fantasies is called schizophrenic. Or a politician.

You remember when Barack Obama, after winning the Democrat presidential nomination, inspired his followers with rhetoric about the day the oceans stopped rising. Or Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention: “I alone can fix.” Trump at least had actually built things with steel and concrete, while Obama had built nothing but his own persona. But both were overpromising based on a magical (or at least inflated) view of themselves in the world.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through the details of another horrific school shooting.  This time 17 people are dead at a high school in Florida.  They honor the heroes who saved students’ lives, including a football coach who died shielding kids from the gunfire.  They’re also frustrated that warning signs about this shooter were abundant, including expulsion and a ban from campus, yet little was done by law enforcement to address the problem.  And they discuss the tiresome Twitter rage in the wake of tragedies like this, with David pointing out that Twitter often proves that the supposed experts on an issue are actually quite clueless in their supposed area of expertise.

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In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on August 30 (Hour 3 of his radio show), the following takes place: Jim Geraghty: I guess is — the argument you are saying that if Hillary is not going to be held accountable for Brock, Trump shouldn’t be held accountable for Bannon? Preview Open

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So I was puttering around in my kitchen, soaking some salt pork when I heard from the bathroom, “Dad! Dad!! I need some help.” Aware of my five-year-old son’s penchant for bringing toys into the bathroom, I wasn’t particularly concerned. I was a bit annoyed. I presumed that he finally managed to drop Megatron into […]

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Is Biden the Punchline — or Is America?

 

Joe Biden is a punch line.

Our Vice President is more famous for his foolish pronouncements than he is for being second in command of the world’s greatest superpower. It has gotten so bad that a mere mention of his name provokes laughter, as late-night comics (and Clint Eastwood) can attest.