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D-Lee Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-08 02:46 AM
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20. And to hit the ground running ...
Edited on Thu Nov-20-08 02:59 AM by D-Lee
Obama needs really experienced people to undo the Bush train wreck -- that one that crashed right into how our federal agencies function for us.

We can't waste a day on a learning curve and it looks as if we won't have to "wait for it." Looks as if Obama is trying to avoid the delays that hindered the start of the last two Democratic administrations -- Carter (too many inexperienced Southerners, sorry but true) and Clinton (slow start, vetting problems and withdrawn appointment offers).

The Department heads are going to need LOTS of experience to untangle the mess on the administrative end. Look at this report: "The Bush administration, however, decided that the best way to reform government was to outsource it. From 2001 to 2005, civilian employment remained at 1.8 million, more or less, while the estimated number of contractor jobs surged from 4.4 million to 7.6 million." That's from this Washington Post article:

(As an aside, how about those Republicans saying Democrats are for "big government"? And when are we really going to look at who got those outsourcing contracts?)

Anyway, that's why I think he is selecting people with experience who actually know how the federal government and White House function, as well as those sure to have no vetting problems.

And this Obama web page for aspirants for political appointments shows that applicants are expected to be aware of just these sorts of issues:
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  -For all the folks posting that they don't like what Obama's done or is doing CreekDog  Nov-19-08 11:48 PM   #0 
  - I'm still trusting Obama to do the right thing.  ginnyinWI   Nov-19-08 11:51 PM   #1 
  - And to hit the ground running ...  D-Lee   Nov-20-08 02:46 AM   #20 
  - Personally, I'm tired of lies.......  FrenchieCat   Nov-19-08 11:51 PM   #2 
  - thanks for sticking it out FrenchieCat  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 12:32 AM   #16 
     - Oh wow! I remember that meeting! Wasn't it in the Library?  FrenchieCat   Nov-20-08 04:16 PM   #29 
        - Thanks for the photos. I think it was in the library and it was the day Gore endorsed Howard Dean  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 08:37 PM   #30 
  - Thanks we need more posts of support, I'm getting tired of all the doom, gloom, fear and doubt here  Voice for Peace   Nov-19-08 11:57 PM   #3 
  - I agree.  Laurab   Nov-20-08 09:34 AM   #26 
  - But that is what DU does  BoneDaddy   Nov-20-08 09:19 PM   #33 
  - It's ridiculous that this is what's happened within 2 weeks. I'm starting  firedupdem   Nov-20-08 12:00 AM   #4 
  - I think Inauguration Day needs to be moved way up on the calender.  Breeze54   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #8 
  - I'm waiting to see  shifting_sands   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #5 
  - First of all, Daschle is not DLC, and second of all...  Bicoastal   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #10 
  - Al Gore WAS a DLCer, but he saw the light  dflprincess   Nov-20-08 09:14 PM   #32 
  - you like any Democrats?  stillcool47   Nov-20-08 09:20 PM   #34 
  - Recommended. nt  NYC_SKP   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #6 
  - I'm not an expert on Rahm Emmanuel, but...  Eric J in MN   Nov-20-08 12:04 AM   #7 
  - American Conservative gave him a 4% rating which means 96% Liberal 4% Conservative  Tigress DEM   Nov-20-08 12:19 AM   #15 
  - JUST DON'T LIE. The new mantra. I like it.  Tigress DEM   Nov-20-08 12:10 AM   #9 
  - kick. and 5th rec. oops! it's not. I lied.  PretzelWarrior   Nov-20-08 12:11 AM   #11 
  - I am not at all disillusioned. I worked hard for his election knowing full well that he wasn't  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 12:14 AM   #12 
  - yes, yes, Zell Miller will be Obama's pick for Sec of Defense  cali   Nov-20-08 05:19 AM   #22 
     - I am confused. You support Joe-the-traitor getting to keep his chairmanships?  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 09:24 AM   #23 
  - To be honest,  Zavulon   Nov-20-08 12:16 AM   #13 
  - Hell, I'll take that  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 12:35 AM   #17 
  - Tom Daschle gave the best speech against the invasion of Iraq. I was totally  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 12:19 AM   #14 
  - K & R Creekdog great post  democracy1st   Nov-20-08 12:52 AM   #18 
  - No one should lie, of course...but let's not forget  JDwho   Nov-20-08 01:53 AM   #19 
  - Well put. The only trouble I am having is getting my mind around letting Joe-the-traitor have his  rhett o rick   Nov-20-08 09:27 AM   #24 
     - Perhaps, but he will vote with the Democrats most of the time. There's something in that.  JDwho   Nov-20-08 09:42 PM   #36 
  - Thanks for posting because I've been blown away by the number of LIES  lamp_shade   Nov-20-08 04:23 AM   #21 
  - Your OP itself fudges the truth. I've read a lot of the posts...haven't seen ANY that say  indie_ana_500   Nov-20-08 09:31 AM   #25 
  - If you haven't seen any of that, then whats the point of all the complaining.  phleshdef   Nov-20-08 02:13 PM   #28 
  - I didn't link to those posts because that would have been "calling out" and violating the rules  CreekDog   Nov-20-08 08:43 PM   #31 
  - I think you're fudging a lot..  stillcool47   Nov-20-08 09:27 PM   #35 
  - There is an enormous power structure in place  windoe   Nov-20-08 02:07 PM   #27 

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