Jun 05 2010

It’s The Dawning Of The Age Of Incompetence …

Published by at 9:16 am under All General Discussions

It is quite disturbing that adults in this nation are flummoxed about why a group of campaigners can be so pathetic at governing and leading. I mean, what clueless fool thinks campaigning is anything like leading or governing?? Apparently news journalists are classic examples of such foolishness:

At virtually every turn lately, the White House cannot shake the appearance that it is hamstrung and a step behind. From a major crisis such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to smaller and seemingly avoidable controversies over internal Democratic Party politics, President Obama and his team are on the defensive.

That all this has happened to a White House staffed by the team that so successfully navigated the 2008 presidential campaign is a source of surprise and consternation for Democrats. The missteps have also become easy ammunition for Republicans seeking to capitalize on what may be self-inflicted wounds.

Well, it seems Democrats are easy to surprise. Let’s think about a campaign – especially Obama’s campaign. He promised, promised, promised and then exaggerated, exaggerated, exaggerated and then went mental. For example, some promises not kept:

  • No. 24: End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000
  • No. 71: Allow imported prescription drugs
  • No. 234: Allow five days of public comment before signing bills
  • No. 240: Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials

Then, there were the exaggerations:

  • Close GITMO
  • Reduce Health Care costs
  • Capture Bin Laden

Then came the demi-god pronouncements in his inauguration speech:

This was the moment, crowed the young inexperienced senator from Illinois, that this country began to care for the sick, create good jobs for the jobless. This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal!!!

And people believed him.

Look, campaigning at its essence is all about making promises in a manner a lot of people believe you – that’s the only gift required. There is no requirement anyone can actually make it happen, that test comes later. President Obama was gifted in BS, nothing more. He had zero managerial or administrative experience. He had a layman’s grasp of issues and subjects, but enough arrogance to assume he could waddle into a room of subject matter leaders and experts and be seen as the visionary and not the buffoon.

It is not a surprise this empty suit has no clue what do to when flowery words are not enough. He has no grasp of issues and challenges, as we now know with the gulf oil leak. He is a poseur, and that was his plan for dealing with the oil spill. He had no answers, so he just looked busy:

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

That early briefing on the scope of the spill—and enormous technical challenges involved in fixing it—might help explain the sense of fatalism that has infused Obama’s team from the start.

“Fatalism”? It was not fatalism that hit this young and cocky administration – it was pure shock. Obama and his team have been a deer in the headlights of a national disaster. There were all sorts of actions to take, from the burn-off plan to Governor Jindal’s sand bars to engaging the Saudi’s to applying dispersion chemicals. Two of these actions were stopped due to ‘environmental impact’ concerns! What bureaucratic idiot decided letting oil wipe out all life along the gulf coast was a lesser environmental disaster?

This is not fatalism, this is incompetence writ large. This was this administration’s acid test and it failed. Instead of pulling out all the stops and enlisting help, Obama went on a ‘look busy’ tour.

People who voted for President Obama need to realize their role in this. They tried to take a short cut out of reality. They were tired of being challenged by President Bush to face up to reality and all its challenges. Too many wanted the government to give them free homes and pay for gasoline. Too many were wallowing in a pool of lazy, self indulgence – trying to run from reality instead of taking it head on.

So they voted for the tooth fairy and found that he was nothing but a politician. And they have the gaul to be shocked???

Addendum: Now for the lyrics:

When liberals dwell in the White House
And Pelosi aligns with Reid
Deficits will rocket to the heavens
And the jobless are left to plead

It is the dawning of the age of Incompetence,
Liberal Incompetence,
In-comp-et-ence, In-comp-et-ence

Arrogance fed by ignorance
Flowery & vague abundance
False claims laced with derision
Empty promises followed with division
From mythical powers of vision
Comes only historic revision

In-comp-et-ence, In-comp-et-ence

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  1. […] It’s The Dawning Of The Age Of Incompetence … […]

  2. […] As I said before, President Obama and his team are in over their heads. They have no clue what to do. They failed to support Governor Jindal’s effort to build sand bars to protect the fragile LA coast. They did not activate the burn off plan (which would produce a fraction of pollutants compared to those Icelandic volcanoes), he did not engage international help. Basically he has just tried to look busy, what with two vacations and something like 4 golf trips (sorry, BOTUS, that is the wrong kind of ‘golf’). […]