Word of the week: Competence

I confess. I don't much care anymore what candidates say they believe about god and freedom and responsibility and whatever. I want to know what they can actually do. Because for all the talking and pledging and swearing and such, wouldn't it be nice to have the focus be on competence for a change?

Talk about running government like a business? Ha. If government were being run like a business, George Bush and his entire leadership team would have been fired four years ago. And all their stock options would be underwater.

Unfortunately, it's not only Republicans who are fumble-footed here in North Carolina. Indeed, the Great Goodyear Giveaway will go down in history as a strategic blunder by Democratic leadership.

(In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Goodyear legislation challenged in court by Bob Orr. And he'll win this time. The current giveaway provides money to Bridgestone for improvements and investments they'd already decided to make without public money. The State will have a hard time making the compelling case that this money is serving a public good. Unless you want to call bribing companies not to get mad at you a public good.)

So yeah. I'd gladly settle for simple competence.


Comments

You might be asking for too much!

It doesn't seem like the people who are competent want to deal with the ugliness of a modern campaign.
 
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Duplication of Services

The current giveaway provides money to Bridgestone for improvements and investments they'd already decided to make without public money.

It surprises me that they'd be permitted to spend state money on things they'd already budgeted to do with other funds. In other arenas where state funds are involved, that's called a duplication of services, and that's a big no-no.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Bob Orr has been looking for a big ol' softball

right over the middle of the "incentives" plate. And this is it. If Art Pope's Center for Constitutional Whatever can't win this case, they should all close up shop and go fishing.

Blackwater IS OUT!

anyone following this? (Sorry no open thread)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

I just saw it - and was coming to post it.

You're faster than I am.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.

Sunday's firefight took place near Nusoor Square, an area that straddles the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Mansour and Yarmouk.

In addition to the fatalities, 14 people were wounded, most of them civilians, the official said.

The ministry said the incident began around midday, when a convoy of sport utility vehicles came under fire from unidentified gunmen in the square.

and

"We have revoked Blackwater's license to operate in Iraq. As of now they are not allowed to operate anywhere in the Republic of Iraq," Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf said Monday. "The investigation is ongoing, and all those responsible for Sunday's killing will be referred to Iraqi justice."

Blackwater is one of many security firms contracted by the U.S. government during the Iraq war. An estimated 25,000-plus employees of private security firms are working in Iraq, guarding diplomats, reconstruction workers and government officials. As many as 200 are believed to have been killed on the job, according to U.S. congressional reports.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Maybe it was the wrong Guy.

You never know.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Direct line?

I heard he was selling a 900 number. 9.95 per minute; other fees and charges may apply. Offer void where prohibited. Operators are standing by!

Funny.

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Oops, wrong number

the Big Guy has gotten so fed up with these guys that he now has an unlisted number! :P

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Good Word!

I have always cared more about competence in running the government than any other "hot button" issue. Incompetence wastes money, waste citizen's time, makes businesses harder to run, and exposes us all to security threats domestic and foreign.

And government is not a business - it is government, and needs to be operated in the best interest of the citizens - fairly and efficiently.

Do the job and do it right!

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Ed Ridpath
www.EdRidpath.com

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Ed Ridpath
www.EdRidpath.com