Obama praised it, but is the Federal Bureaucracy a giant barrel of indulgent incompetent gold-brickers?

January 7, 2010

A Washington DC Newspaper reports:

While a terrorist was plotting to kill Americans over the Christmas holidays, what was the Federal Aviation Administration doing? Why, spending $5 million on a three-week-long Christmas party, of course.

A series of seminars in Atlanta officially were aimed at training managers on a new air-traffic-controller contract but degenerated into one big bash. According to ABC News, the seminars didn’t even cover half of the 100 new provisions in a contract that went into effect two months ago.

Participants apparently also were too busy partying on the taxpayer dime to learn much. Whistleblowers told ABC tales of rampant drunken debauchery, including one attendee propositioning an undercover reporter for her services as a prostitute.

The agency has a long history of misguided spending that does nothing to improve flight safety or efficiency. Since 1998, the FAA has allowed $3.5 billion in taxpayer funds intended to improve aviation safety to be used to build private jet hangars and new luxurious terminals for airports that average just three flights a day, according to USA Today.

The problem only appears to be getting worse under President Obama: Spending on airport projects the FAA classifies as low priority hit a record $507 million this year, almost five times what was spent in 1998 on such efforts.
I see there are no defenders, at least as yet.

Bush was a good man, and honest as salt. But he made a mistake growing the FedGov bureaucracy. Still — if anyone is to be RIF’ed it should be random decimation, not just the ones above G12.

The founders believed in (1) Private Enterprise (2) local and appropriately hierarchical government and (3) very limited Federal government.

The current FedGov displaces private enterprise with bureaucracy — the FAA is a great example of that, there’s no reason all the Air Traffic control in the US could not be privatized. The FedGov is non-local, and excessively centralized, most of the bureaus and agencies have no distributed hierarchy where decisions are made local to the most appropriate level.

Just like the lie Pelosi said about her Congress being the most ethical in history after she was elected Speaker by her comrades, Obama was telling us he was going to change the way business was going to be conducted in Washington. What a bag of manure that is. As one of our Y/A associates termed it "hoax and chains" you can believe in.

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5 Responses to “Obama praised it, but is the Federal Bureaucracy a giant barrel of indulgent incompetent gold-brickers?”

  1. Jimmy B on January 7th, 2010 10:35 am

    The bomber did not board the plane in the United States. How were we suppose to prevent him from boarding? Most federal agencys have a record of misspending. That is one of the things on Obama’s agenda that he wants stopped.
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  2. Em on January 7th, 2010 11:23 am

    The feds were doing the same things they were doing on 9/11 while planes were hitting the towers and the Pentagon. Bush expanded the federal bureaucracy and cons felt safer. What would you say if Obama dismantled his federal bureaucracy? Bush had eight years to straighten things out and all he did was make things worse. You have no gripes coming.
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  3. Better N U on January 7th, 2010 11:59 am

    In the former Civil Service, most everybody who attained a pay-grade of GS-12 or above during the Bush years is an incompetent slob, and should be replaced using competitive testing.

    As a clue to why, look to your own wording "long history", like the 8 years previous to the Obama Presidency in particular.
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  4. . on January 7th, 2010 12:27 pm

    Why did you vote them into office?
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  5. prusa1237 on January 7th, 2010 12:33 pm

    Just like the lie Pelosi said about her Congress being the most ethical in history after she was elected Speaker by her comrades, Obama was telling us he was going to change the way business was going to be conducted in Washington. What a bag of manure that is. As one of our Y/A associates termed it "hoax and chains" you can believe in.
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