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Time: 'How Many More Mike Browns...?'

by Last Night in Little Rock

Time tonight poses the interesting question, the title of its lead online story: "How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There?"

....then came Michael Brown. When President Bush's former point man on disasters was discovered to have more expertise about the rules of Arabian horse competition than about the management of a catastrophe, it was a reminder that the competence of government officials who are not household names can have a life or death impact. The Brown debacle has raised pointed questions about whether political connections, not qualifications, have helped an unusually high number of Bush appointees land vitally important jobs in the Federal Government.

The Bush Administration didn't invent cronyism; John F. Kennedy turned the Justice Department over to his brother, while Bill Clinton gave his most ambitious domestic policy initiative to his wife. Jimmy Carter made his old friend Bert Lance his budget director, only to see him hauled in front of the Senate to answer questions on his past banking practices in Georgia, and George H.W. Bush deposited so many friends at the Commerce Department that the agency was known internally as "Bush Gardens." The difference is that this Bush Administration had a plan from day one for remaking the bureaucracy, and has done so with greater success.

As far back as the Florida recount, soon-to-be Vice President Dick Cheney was poring over organizational charts of the government with an eye toward stocking it with people sympathetic to the incoming Administration. Clay Johnson III, Bush's former Yale roommate and the Administration's chief architect of personnel, recalls preparing for the inner circle's first trip from Austin, Texas, to Washington: "We were standing there getting ready to get on a plane, looking at each other like: Can you believe what we're getting ready to do?"

"You're doin' a heck of a job, Brownie," said Nero as Rome burns.

Your government, in the hands of the idle rich with idle minds who care not one bit about the public good. Then, when the going gets rough, the idle rich prove how utterly worthless they are. And that means the guy at the top, whose only experience with disaster planning was bailing out his own failed businesses with other people's money.

Now it's our money.

As so it goes....

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  • Re: Time: 'How Many More Mike Browns...?' (none / 0) (#1)
    by DonS on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:18 PM EST
    The not so subtle inplication here is that the putative POTUS would take this country in the direction of martial law to keep things under control, in the event of a natural catastrophe. With the pendulum beginning to swing against this corrupt administration and its policies, its hard to say what might constitute dire need in their perverse eyes. It would be nice if we could count on an opposition party, as well as sensible repubs to see through this power grab and further step towards virtual dictatorship. By the time the sheeple wake up it will be too late.

    Re: Time: 'How Many More Mike Browns...?' (none / 0) (#2)
    by DonS on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:18 PM EST
    The not so subtle inplication here is that the putative POTUS would take this country in the direction of martial law to keep things under control, in the event of a natural catastrophe. With the pendulum beginning to swing against this corrupt administration and its policies, its hard to say what might constitute dire need in their perverse eyes. It would be nice if we could count on an opposition party, as well as sensible repubs to see through this power grab and further step towards virtual dictatorship. By the time the sheeple wake up it will be too late.

    Re: Time: 'How Many More Mike Browns...?' (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:18 PM EST
    In a somewhat humorous piece in Slate, former Clinton official Bruce Reed pointed out that there will always be hacks in government. The question is where to put them so tha they'll do as little damage as possible. --|PW|--

    Re: Time: 'How Many More Mike Browns...?' (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:18 PM EST
    Chertoff should be fired TODAY. It was his ball, and he dropped it on Katrina. And I don't think the liberals have to fight this fight very hard -- I spoke to some firefighters on Saturday, and they are REDHOT PISSED OFF about the Departimenti di Securismi Italiani and its false priorities.