Head of EPA Doesn’t Know How Much CO2 is in the Atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the July 15th, 2015

When asked what percentage of the atmosphere is CO2, she deflects saying its not a calculation she has on hand. When pressed on the point, she refers to her papers (her papers!) to cite the levels in parts per million, saying we have just reached 400ppm.

How does the head of an agency, whose major regulation initiatives hinge on these very values, not know them by heart? I’ll give her a pass on not wanting to calculate the percentage given it may be an uncommon way to represent CO2, but to have to refer to notes to cite 400ppm?

Either we have another political appointee who is woefully unqualified for the job, or climate change is a convenient excuse to simply impose more control.

This is a tired record that keeps getting played over and over in the Obama era. Politicization or incompetence. Take your pick, but it might be both.

The CDC is Fundamentally Broken

Posted in Government,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the October 17th, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a fundamentally broken organization and plans should be underway now for the replacement of its Director and any other senior leadership involved in decision making during the response to Ebola in the United States thus far.

The abject incompetence evident in the non-response to the first confirmed Ebola victim in the United States has exposed the absence of capability and adequate planning to deal with a contagious and deadly disease of any variety.

As a result of the CDC’s ineptitude and inaction, 2 nurses have contracted the disease and hundreds have been unwittingly exposed.

The nature of this inaction and lack of awareness betrays fundamental and inherent flaws in the CDC and its leadership. This inaction is so profound, it cannot be fixed while maintaining current leadership. A lack of planning and subsequent scenario management shows that new leadership at the CDC, or a new entity entirely ought to lead the charge against any future incidents of Ebola within the United States.

Sebelius Surprised to See Something Missing

Posted in Government Incompetence & Waste by Ryan on the April 11th, 2014

No doubt her staff assured her everything was in order.

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Posted in Government Incompetence & Waste by Ryan on the April 17th, 2012

Its that time of year again, and I’ve decided to begin a tradition of selecting some of the more bizarrely specfic questions that I’m asked on federal or state taxes.

Here are the standouts this year: (I think all from Maryland State Taxes)

  1. Credit for aquaculture oyster floats
  2. Donated farm products to a gleaning cooperative
  3. Purchased an on-site sewage disposal system system that uses nitrogen removal technology, for which the Department of Environment’s payment assistance program does not cover

Obama’s Pompousness

Posted in Government Incompetence & Waste,President Obama by Ryan on the August 19th, 2011

Obama completely brushes off a farmer’s legitimate question about the government regulations he has heard are coming from agencies Obama himself oversees.  Obama comes across as very out of touch and condescending by delegitimizing a concern because it “hasn’t happened yet.”

I actually heard this question asked and answered on C-SPAN radio and was amazed at Obama’s callous dismissal of the farmer’s plea.

Turns out, the advice Obama gave the farmer to “directly contact USDA,” isn’t such great advice after all.

Didn’t Obama Talk About a New Green Economy?

What was the stimulus for again?  I could have sworn I was promised massive investment in a new green economy.

Chu said the United States still concentrated on research in areas such as computers, defense and pharmaceuticals but that its funding for energy innovation was paltry.

“America still has the opportunity to lead in a world that will need essentially a new industrial revolution to give us the energy we want inexpensively but carbon-free,” Chu said.

“But I think time is running out,” said Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

“Incompetence” to Blame for Incompetence

“Frankly it just came down to the fact there was not a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed administrator in place until I was confirmed at the end of June to make a really significant decision like that, that would have impact on a number of people,” Pistole said. “That was a big part of it.”

TSA Director Pistole is basically telling us that the White House was so inept in responding to the threat of underwear bombers, that it took the actual confirmation of a TSA director over 7 months later to then begin the process of implementing the pat downs, which wouldn’t take effect until another 3 months later.

So this Christmas, if you’re flying, as we celebrate the 1 year anniversary foiling of the “Underwear Bomber,” we can also join hands in celebrating the 2 month anniversary of nationwide pat downs.