Go Mobile

  • Bookmark the mobile version of First Draft HERE!

Donate

to First Draft

Tip Jar

Ads

Blogads

Ad Network

  • advertise_liberally

Paying the Bills

Blog powered by Typepad

First Draft Krewe in NOLA


  • Click above image for our Hurricane Katrina coverage, including photos and stories from our recent First Draft New Orleans trip.

Lower 9th Ward: March 2006

  • 23
    These are stills captured from video shot March 2006 in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

Lower 9th Ward: August 2006

  • 9th_marking_side
    These are photos and stills captured from video taken August 2006 of the Lower 9th Ward specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

Paying The Bills

« Bang The Drum Slowly | Main | I Hate This Year »

June 02, 2007

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c5ced53ef00df351e77d78834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Experts: National Security crisis looms for 2009 admin transition because Dept of Homeland Security so heavily stacked with political appointees:

Comments

And didn't we all know that was going to happen when Bush and cronies fought so hard against unionization for the Dept of Homeland Security in the first place?

In fact, I'll take it a step farther. Not only don't the Bush people care that their appointees will be walking off the job when Bush is out of office, that's part of the PLAN. If this makes the country more vulnerable to terrorism as a result, that's exactly what they want. Talk about your Republican talking points, especially if (as seems likely right now) a Democrat ends up in the White House come 2009. "See? You elect a Democrat and immediately the terrorists attack! We told you so!"

The alternative is almost equally disturbing: they don't intend to see any consequences for packing the DHS with cronies because they don't intend to leave office in 2009, come hell or high water.

Well, we better start impeaching some of the pricks now, hadn't we?

The DHS maybe the most obvious department with this problem, but as the DOJ and DOE scandals show, this situation is present in every part of government. Republican hiring policies at all levels were never keyed toward facilitating the operation of government. Whoever the next Democratic president is, he or she will be facing a huge personnel problem. And the problem will probably include "werewolves" who stay behind to create disruption and invoke the rules they ignored to keep their jobs as long as possible for maximum effect.

"Experts believe there will be a lack of career officials to keep the department running as Bush's appointees leave and a new president selects a new team."

I'm no expert -- but this strikes me as a very good thing. That means much, much, much less institutional inertia behind Chimpy's abrogation of the Constitution.
The new Prez's team can start out clean, without that lingering aftertaste of fascism.

Flory, good point, assuming that the assholes leave when Bush does.

The only solution I can see to this problem is to declare a national state of moral crisis and solicit the resignations of all civil service employees at the agencies in question. All will be eligible to be rehired on their merits and resumes when the jobs are re-opened. Until the positions are filled, we'd have to use AmeriCorps and the National Guard to staff the positions and services would be below standard for a while. But I'd certainly sleep easier not having to worry if some person responsible for disaster relief wasn't worrying more about their political, sexual or religious persuasion than about the calamity which befell them.

i feel ever so safe now.

I'm not afraid of any damn transition. These middle manager appointees are incompetents.

1) Fire all the Bush appointees
2) Identify career civil servants that predate the GWB admin. to fill the manager roles on an interim basis during transition from election to inauguration

Voila! Security improves. I'm worried about security NOW, not when these appartchiks leave.

Never fear. The appointees are all incompetents indeed. The real source of terror once Bu$hCo-Cheneyburton is tossed out of office will be from the private contractors working at the behest of men like Elliot Abrams and Ollie North.

Anyone remember what they did to the Carter administration with Iran?

WHAT WAS THAT MADMAN BUSH RANTED ABOUT MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR AMERICA TO AVOID IT'S DESTINY? APPARENTLY BUSH BELIEVES HE KNOWS. THEREFORE, BUSH IS AS CERTIFIABLE AS CHENEY. SOMEONE PLEASE CALL THE U.S. IMPEACHMENT AMBULANCE CORPS AND BRING TWO STRAIGHTJACKETS, STAT.

They're not unionized, right? If that is correct, then FIRE THEIR ASSES!!!

Easy, just get rid of the department all together. Mass resignations or firings whatever. DHS will go down as the second worst mistake of this administration, second only to the war. Go out and find the right people and put them back to work in the CIA and FBI and let them do their jobs.
DHS is a stupid name for a stupid organisation that has done nothing to enhance national security or make anyone safer at home or abroad. It was created to find jobs for Bush cronies and to create the illusion that Bush and company were really doing something about national security and our boarders. Cull deep and hard and weed out anyone who had anything to do with the current administration. If we can survive 8 years of these clowns we can surly surive without the DHS.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Contact Info

  • Adrastos
    adrastos at bellsouth.net
  • Athenae - Allison Hantschel
    athenae25 at yahoo.com
  • Jude
    jude_t at live.com

Athenae's Books

Stats