The Island of Misfits …

Once upon a time, many moons ago, I worked for a small company, just over 100 employees total.  Since it was a small company, just starting up, all of us in management wore many hats.  My primary title was Comptroller, but I also wore the hats of Human Resource Director and Logistics Manager.  It was around 1990, I think, and one of my accounting staff had resigned, so I placed an ad in the local paper (this was before Monster.com and CareerBuilders).  In the ad, I plainly stated that the applicant must be savvy in Microsoft applications, such as Excel and Word, and have a general understanding of Accounting software.  One lady who came in to interview seemed quite nice, but …

Me:  So, tell me about your computer experience, particularly in Microsoft applications

She:  Well, to be honest, I’ve never used a computer, but if you can show me how to turn it on, I think I can figure out the rest.

No, friends, I am not joking.  That was exactly what she said.  She was the least qualified candidate imaginable for the position, and no, I did not hire her.

Under the current ideology of our federal government, however, I would have hired her. The reigning philosophy in the big White House at the moment, seems to be to hire the person who has no qualifications whatsoever, just so long as they meet certain criteria:

  • Must ardently deny that the emissions of carbon into the atmosphere by the activities of humans have any effect on the environment
  • Must ardently support the right of every man, woman and child to own at least one gun, preferably an assault-type weapon
  • Must be willing to lie, cheat and steal on command
  • Must be a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and support their mission
  • Must have net assets totaling more than $1 million
  • Must not be burdened by either compassion or a conscience
  • Must either have traveled to Russia in the past year, or have significant business holdings in Russia
  • Must be able to change your opinion 180° within 30 seconds flat
  • Must have a history of sexual aggression or perversion
  • Must be willing to agree with Donald Trump 100%, all of the time, even when you know he is wrong
  • Must be a WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant)
  • Must strongly oppose any form of nationalized universal healthcare

And finally, the most important …

  • Must have no experience or expertise in the field for which you are applying

We have seen so many examples of this …

  • Scott Pruitt – tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … an agency he had sued 14 times as Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma
  • Betsy DeVos – appointed as Secretary of Education, though she has no teaching background, no degree in education, and has promoted taking funding from public schools to establish charter schools, that would benefit a very small number of students
  • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions – appointed as Attorney General of the U.S., despite, or perhaps because of, his well-documented racist attitudes
  • Ben Carson – Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), though his field of expertise is medicine/surgery, and he has nothing that qualifies him for the position
  • Jim Bridenstine – Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), despite having no background in scientific research, no college degree in any hard science

And the list goes on … and on. Any Human Resource director would be having nightmares over this rag-tag staff!  But now, we can add two more from just the past two days.

Mike Pompeo has just been selected, though not yet confirmed by the Senate, to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.  I won’t ramble on about this one, for I did that yesterday.  And the latest?  Trump has appointed Lawrence Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as head of the National Economic Council, top economic advisor.  I am applying for a new passport next week … I foolishly let mine expire.  Let us learn a little bit about Mr. Kudlow, shall we?kudlowIt is said that Kudlow has been wrong about almost everything for at least the past several decades.    Take this one, for example:

“Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas, the resilient U.S. economy continues moving ahead. There’s no recession coming. The pessimistas were wrong. It’s not going to happen.  The Bush boom is alive and well. It’s finishing up its sixth consecutive year with more to come. Yes, it’s still the greatest story never told.” – Larry Kudlow, 07 December 2007

Note the date … according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (the official arbiter of U.S. recessions) the recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, and thus extended over eighteen months. (A side note: President Obama, who has often been blamed for the recession by the GOP, did not take office until January 20th 2009, fully 13 months after the official start of the recession, and just 5 months before its end.)  And this is the guy who will now be advising the president, the man who leads the nation into either poverty or prosperity, on economic issues???

In 1993, when Bill Clinton proposed an increase in the top tax rate from 31 percent to 39.6 percent, Kudlow wrote, “There is no question that President Clinton’s across-the-board tax increases … will throw a wet blanket over the recovery and depress the economy’s long-run potential to grow.” This was wrong. Instead, a boom ensued.

The list of his faux pas is long, but the above examples should be enough to convince you that this man does not understand basic economic principles and wears blinders to shut out reality most of the time.

Kudlow’s background includes a degree in history from The University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.  Kudlow also attended, but did not complete, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he studied political science and economics.  He should have stayed there longer.

He worked in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Reagan … remember ‘supply-side’ economics and the ‘trickle-down’ theory?  But it is what he has been doing since that is mind-boggling in light of the position he was just awarded.  He hosts a talk radio show.  “The Larry Kudlow Show” airs on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm ET and via nationwide syndication via Westwood One.  I hear Alex Jones of InfoWars is being considered to replace Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.  🙄

Suffice it to say that this is yet another on Trump’s long list of inappropriate appointees.  He obviously goes looking for the least capable, least qualified for each position.  We can only hope that they all get voted off the island before they destroy the island altogether.

Island of misfit toys

 

43 thoughts on “The Island of Misfits …

    • Yes, I think you are right … the sad truth is that it wasn’t “big” enough. We’ve become desensitized to so much … I saw an article today that 245 children were shot here in Cincinnati over the last 7 years … an average of one every 10 days. And I only recall reading about maybe 3-4 of them. Were they under-reported, relegated to the back pages, or am I so desensitized that I just didn’t notice? Either way is pathetic.

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          • I wonder what the numbers are here in Canada. Wednesday, a kid in a small rural high school brought “a weapon” to school and bragged to a few friends. They reported it to staff, police were called, and the kid was arrested in his classroom. The news reporter refused to disclose what the weapon was. The day before, police were called to a Kitchener high school when someone discovered a blood-curdling message written on a wall of the boys washroom on one floor saying that there would be a shooting in the school on March 28th… “Be warned.” So far, the investigation has not unearthed the culprit and students say they don’t know if they’ll go to school on the 28th.

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      • We have been Dehumanized by the Goliath Politically Correct . if your not a Country Club Member , your life or your Children’s life doesn’t matter . This Country is a disgrace. No I’m not one of your Agents from the Field Offices .

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  1. Dear Jill,
    Thanks for a great post as usual.
    It is getting worse.Can you imagine the AG Sessions being replaced by Scott Pruitt; or the VA head who had experience in management being replaced by someone who hasn’t any? This is the cabinet he wants. Dumb and dumber.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda! Yes, I saw a headline this morning on the Washington Post website: “Trump likes surrounding himself with people who like him”. He will soon run out of people, I think. But to the point, he is selecting cabinet members who have no clue how it should be done, so they will do it Trump’s way. Two years ago I predicted that he would be disastrous and make a shambles of everything. He has far exceeded even my gloomiest predictions! And some 37%-40% of the people in this country STILL say he’s doing a good job!!! Drugs. They must be on drugs. It’s the only possible explanation!!!

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  2. Jill, I love how you teed this up. The other demoralizing part of all this is to the team beneath such a leader. Not only do some not know the subject matter, their mission is contrary to the mission of the department.

    If Donald Trump said I will ask Dr. Ben Carson to be the Surgeon General, that would seem fine. What does he know about housing? And, this may shock you, but other than spend a lot on his office furniture (which was confirmed he lied about), his department has not done a whole lot.

    There will be more departures as the others have seen how he treats people, in general and in exit. They don’t want to be asked to leave by this man of little character or loyalty. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Yes, at first I thought he was going to offer Dr. Carson the position of Surgeon General, but next thing I knew, Carson said he didn’t want a position in the administration, didn’t feel qualified, and then the NEXT thing I knew, he was over HUD. He said he felt qualified for that because he had treated patients from “the projects”. Sheesh. I have known airline pilots before, but it doesn’t make me qualified to fly a plane!

      I sometimes wonder about the character of the people who accept positions in his administration. With a few exceptions like John Kelly who, I still believe, hoped he could help tame the monster, they have taken those positions knowing what he is, knowing what would be expected of them, and yet they still accepted the position. A few I have felt sorry for, but very few. Hope Hicks is NOT one of those few. Sean Spicer is, though.

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    • Yes, in any business with the turnover rate he has, the head honchos would be taking a very close look at what he is doing wrong! Unfortunately, in Trump’s case, WE are the head honchos, and we know exactly what he is doing wrong, but we cannot simply walk up to him … or tweet … and say, “You’re FIRED”! 🤔

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        • Yes, it was almost as if he was bragging about it, don’t you think? I doubt there has been any genuine trust in Trump by world leaders for a long time. Probably not since he announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Accords. I’ve been trying to negotiate with the UK to take us back. I admitted it was a mistake for us to demand our independence, that we are not mature enough to handle it, and that we have made a shambles. So far, the negotiations are hung up on a couple of issues, one pertaining to the game of cricket.

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            • Yes, cricket! Mr. Woebegone But Hopeful, my dear friend Roger, is determined that as part of the condition for us to be reinstated to the UK, we must give up football and take up cricket! And yes … sigh … no nation, no leader, can ever be perfect, for they all must make decisions based on imperfect knowledge and information. That much I can overlook, but the present “leader” of the U.S. acts imperfectly out of evil, vileness, greed, arrogance and cruelty. I simply do not want to be a part of that anymore. I do not want to be represented by the likes of him. I do not wish to be judged by others in the same light he is. He has turned the world grey for many of us. You are right, only we the voters can fix this mess, and we will (fingers crossed) in November. But meanwhile, it seems that he is on a tear to destroy as much as he can. I just hope Congress has enough of a spine to keep him from shutting down the Mueller investigation. Something needs to give soon, before I end up with broken parts! 🤕 This morning I learned that the refrigerator door is considerably stronger than my fist! 🙄 Hugs, my friend!

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              • I like the expression, “We live in hope.” Everything you say is true, so we work hard to defeat the pretender in the White House. By the way, if you guys joined Canada and made us 60 provinces strong, you can keep football and we’d be delighted!!! We have good gun control laws, great health care, and… and… Justin!

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                • Now you do know the way to my heart, don’t you? I could care less about football, but when you mentioned Justin … well, count me in! Now, the gun nuts … they may think of it a bit differently. And in truth, you probably don’t want them in your midst anyway. But we can negotiate this … let me ponder 😉

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The cabinet assembled for this administration has always been a carnival collection of clowns!! Why be surprised? Nothing surprises me anymore … the question is: how long can this nation continue to sustain this idiocy?
    This book comes to mind …. ‘It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America’, Book by David Cay Johnston … a ‘must read’!!

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    • Thank you, dear Horty! I saw that book at Barnes & Noble last week, but there are so many Trump books on the shelves that I didn’t look at any of them closely. I will download a sample of it to my Kindle this evening. Huge hugs, dear friend!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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