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?It 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.