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D-Lee Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-08 03:46 AM
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20. And to hit the ground running ...
Edited on Thu Nov-20-08 03:59 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-- Carter (too many inexperienced Southerners, sorry but true) and Clinton (slow start, vetting problems and withdrawn appointment offers).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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