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Obama defeated by his own bureaucracy
CNN ^ | May 30, 2014 | By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst

Posted on 05/30/2014 11:52:30 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

When Barack Obama was a newbie president, there was no shortage of ambition or lack of confidence in the government he was about to lead. Government should be seen as a force for good, not evil. Sure, he told us, it needed to be "smarter and better," but that could—and would—happen under his watch.

Instead, the President is living his own version of "Alice Through the Looking Glass": staring down a rabbit hole of government bureaucracy and inefficiency. The government he has studiously tried to grow, manage and change has become his own personal nemesis. All of which makes you wonder: Does the President himself trust government anymore?

Government is unwieldy and difficult and hard to tame, sure. But if your presidency is based, in large part, on telling Americans that government can work for them--which it can--you need to make it work.

It's not that the President is a hopeless manager. He does very well when he leads a hierarchical organization with a single goal, like a presidential bid. He's top dog, he's not negotiating with anybody, and he's not trying to get people to do things they don't want to do. In a campaign, for instance, they all want to elect the same person: him.

But when you have to negotiate—or lead—people not related to you, or not indebted to you or who don't agree with you, it's a different story. Managing or negotiating with people with mixed motives (Congress, anyone?) is not an Obama strong point.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: failure; govtcantwork; journalism; media; obama; peterprinciple; whichitcant
Anyone with half a brain knew Obama was incompetent in 2008. Now that a majority of folks in America and around the world know he's worthless the media is strapping on the kneepads.
1 posted on 05/30/2014 11:52:30 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Poor Bambi! Poor Bambi! No one knows the troubles he’s seen./sarc


2 posted on 05/30/2014 11:54:41 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I do not know which Murphy’s Law it is but it says that people rise to the level of their own incompetence.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 11:55:27 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

More like Alice with her head where the sun don’t shine. BTW you can tell the author is a fan of government! Just sad that Obama couldn’t tame the beast.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 11:55:43 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m so sick of hearing the federal government bureaucracy is “so hard to fix” and other crap.

Screw the unon, screw Congress...the chief executive should just clean house and FIRE worthless paper pushers. When was the last time any agency went through a payroll audit? No one can tell me there aren’t any ghosts employees.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 11:56:59 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If Gloria really believes it’s Baraq in charge and not ValJ, she’s even dumber than I thought.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer


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7 posted on 05/30/2014 11:57:23 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Fledermaus

Those are the people that voted him in.
Govt unions are pretty much bulletproof today.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

It isn’t.

It is called the Peter Principle.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 11:57:59 AM PDT by DB
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To: musicman


LOLOLOLOL

10 posted on 05/30/2014 11:58:17 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
By nature, bureaucracies are hard to trust and even harder to tame. And if a chief executive isn't careful, it's an energy-sapping (and legacy endangering) vortex that sucks you right in. Just ask Obama, who was government's best friend.

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It's called being hoist with one's own petard.

11 posted on 05/30/2014 11:58:23 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another article trying to make excuses for Obama failures


12 posted on 05/30/2014 11:59:02 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Government is unwieldy and difficult and hard to tame

And the bigger it gets, the worse it gets.

13 posted on 05/30/2014 11:59:34 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Of course we all know, Hillary would do a whole lot better. Yeah, that is the ticket, we need a smarter Marxist and it will work next time. /extreme sarcasm

I do hope people are smarter than this. Marxism never works and it matters not who the tyrannical “leader” is.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 12:01:31 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

From CNN? Are the tables finally turning in an evil, twisted way to promote hildabeast as the next usa goddess who will save the world?


15 posted on 05/30/2014 12:02:21 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I don’t remember who said it, but they were right on:

The only way to defeat a liberal is to give them everything they want...................


16 posted on 05/30/2014 12:06:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Gloria have you ever thought that Prince Barack hasn't even managed a lone lemon-aid stand!

Most unqualified President ever!

17 posted on 05/30/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Peter Principle


18 posted on 05/30/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

That’s the “Peter Principle” by Laurance Peter, still a readable book but written in the 1960s. It’s still funny and accurate.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 12:09:41 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
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20 posted on 05/30/2014 12:11:30 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

>Government should be seen as a force for good, not evil.<

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Say, huh?


21 posted on 05/30/2014 12:12:36 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

that’s the Peter Principle


22 posted on 05/30/2014 12:13:45 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama defeated by his own bureaucracy

Guess government is good for something, after all! :)

23 posted on 05/30/2014 12:18:27 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Fledermaus
There are thousands of "ghost employees." In the VA they are known as "VA deadwood." But the problem is Civil Service protections even more than unions or politics. Yes, political appointees can be fired, but the average government employee has job security comparable to academic tenure. The government can do a RIF but then seniority and other considerations kick in, and there is no guarantee that it will make matters better rather than worse.
24 posted on 05/30/2014 12:18:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
I do not know which Murphy’s Law it is but it says that people rise to the level of their own incompetence.

That would predict The Won would have made only one step past dope-smoking whitey-hatin homo. How did he get to be POTUS? Is IS that now considered the next step above that position?

25 posted on 05/30/2014 12:20:15 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: nascarnation

NOTHING IS BULLET PROOF,!!!! UNIONS IN GOVERNMENT JOBS
NEED TO GO!!! A DR. at the VA gets the SAME salary if he or she sees
1 patient a day or 20 patients a day!!!! How in the HELL did UNIONS become a part of PUBLIC SERVICE employees????? THIS BEAST
NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!!!! What the HELL could happen IF ALL unions
were removed from government employment!!!!!! Regan FIRED ALL air
traffic controllers and the world did NOT come to an end!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 05/30/2014 12:21:52 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Easy solution; reverse JFK's executive order allowing federal employees to unionize and start the firings!

Shame these people. List how much they've made over the years. Embarrass them to the world.

27 posted on 05/30/2014 12:22:28 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama is still the newbie president. Some presidents at this point have 8-9 years of experience. The zero has 1 year of experience 8-9 times.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 12:23:00 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama defeated by his own bureaucracy ideology.

Fixed

29 posted on 05/30/2014 12:25:35 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If only Stalin knew...


30 posted on 05/30/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

CNN’s article is just more...Excuses, excuses, excuses...oh, my...it is such a hard job being President when some people don’t agree with you. What the hell? When has any President ever had an eaxy job...when everyone agreed with him? This article is just CNN’s way of deflecting criticism from Obama, while at the same time beating him down...lightly...so they can concentrate on boosting up Hillary now. Out with the loser. No use protecting him too much anymore, but let’s not be too rash. That would be “racist,” doncha know. Time to walk away from Obama and focus on the next candidate for Liar in Chief.


31 posted on 05/30/2014 12:29:09 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“It’s not that the President is a hopeless manager. He does very well when he leads a hierarchical organization with a single goal, like a presidential bid. He’s top dog, he’s not negotiating with anybody, and he’s not trying to get people to do things they don’t want to do.”

Gloria “liberal scumbag” Borger, just trying to grease the skids for the next step toward Obozo’s dictatorship.


32 posted on 05/30/2014 12:34:23 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

It’s the affirmative action version of the Peter Principle, in which someone in a privileged minority group can rise far beyond his or her level of incompetence.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 12:44:38 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: JaguarXKE

I’m pretty sure ‘Alice’ in the fable was stoned. Yeah, I guess it fits for Owebama too.


34 posted on 05/30/2014 12:46:20 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So he created a monster and now it will not obey him?

Hmm.


35 posted on 05/30/2014 12:53:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Beagle8U

It was an extended dream.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Fledermaus
Well, if it can't be fixed, it must be abolished. Logic gives some people headaches.

Obama cares not a whit about the results, he just wants bigger an bigger government until there is nothing outside of government.

37 posted on 05/30/2014 1:14:31 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"But when you have to negotiate—or lead—people..."

This quote says it all!

38 posted on 05/30/2014 1:24:42 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Gloria says Obama does best when he’s top dog and doesn’t have to negotiate with anyone. What she doesn’t acknowledge is the obvious fact that this is the role of a dictator not a president.


39 posted on 05/30/2014 1:48:43 PM PDT by what's up (sun)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Gosh, it’s so hard to be a Democrat politician. You have to be able to read a teleprompter and promise people free stuff. That takes some real talent, there.


40 posted on 05/30/2014 2:00:32 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: what's up
What she doesn’t acknowledge is the obvious fact that this is the role of a dictator not a president.

Winner!

41 posted on 05/30/2014 2:37:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Clown Prince nobama has been responsible for many LIBs’ wet dreams. The reality is that they are all degenerates and hate efficiency, competence, personal responsibility and accountability. With buffoonish nobama it isn’t “The Buck Stops Here”...it is “The Suck Stops Here”.


42 posted on 05/30/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kit cat
How in the HELL did UNIONS become a part of PUBLIC SERVICE employees?????

EO by JFK

43 posted on 05/30/2014 2:52:50 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A fish rots FRom the head down.

Ophonybama does not appoint czars and executive department heads on the basis of their proven competency to lead people or manage things. He has no experience doing that, so how could he know the personal and intellectual requirements required of a leader or a manager?

They are appointed because he is comfortable with them ideologically. Leadership and management skills are not factors in his decision-making calculus.

And, Civil Servants and union members cannot be fired.

Consequently, we have a hellofamess!

[An obvious exception was General Shinseki. One would certainly have thought he had, as a retired four star General, some advanced leadership and management skills! He, of all people, should have been able to sort out the VA.]

[I’d wager that if one could get an honest response FRom him, he’d make a case that the bureaucrats “got him.” They were not “his” people, and they probably undercut him at every step of the way == “We’ve always done it this way, and we are not gonna change!”]


44 posted on 05/30/2014 7:49:33 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

PS This business of the bureaucrats running the show has bedeviled every administration since FDR.

Most any competent leader-manager can get a lot done if he/she could clear out the deadwood and bring in new talent.

Civil Service and Union rules don’t allow common sense personnel management. Until the rules are changed, the federal government (and those state and local governments which are likewise encumbered) will not be able to perform either effectively or efficiently.


45 posted on 05/30/2014 7:58:59 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Leave it to CNN to paint this lazy, incompetent, dangerous buffoon as a victim.


46 posted on 05/30/2014 10:17:06 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: freeangel

“From CNN? Are the tables finally turning in an evil, twisted way to promote hildabeast as the next usa goddess who will save the world?”

They’re not blaming him - they’re making him the victim!


47 posted on 05/30/2014 10:18:59 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: All
Conservatives have routinely expressed suspicion about Valerie Jarrett's role in Obama’s inner circle. The former Chicago lawyer and businesswoman has been a top adviser to the president since his election in 2008.

Her official WH title is "Senior Deputy Advisor" (in Chicagon gangland politics that means "wire transfer artist")

Michele Obama was hired by Jarrett---then an official in the Daley Admin.

Laura Ingraham insightfully said that “all roads lead to Valerie Jarrett," noting Jarrett's involvement in secret dealings w/Iran (where Jarrett was born and raised). She has her tentacles into every issue and every topic..... at least part of her role is to serve as “chief liaison to the business community, state and local governments, and the professional left,” but her influence is undeniable.

Jarrett commands a staff of nearly three dozen, and has a hand in decisions ranging from invitation lists to state dinners and gifts to foreign leaders, to USSC nominees, ambassador appointee, President Medal of Freedom awardees.

When Warren Buffett visits to the White House for lunch, the table is set for three.

Here she is (in pink) at the BP extortion meeting. CNN reported 2010: Behind closed doors and after four hours of negotiations, BP executives agreed to put $20bn into an independently managed compensation fund.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS---Obama was joined in the negotiations by VP Joe Biden, and five cabinet secretaries, including DHS Janet Napolitano, interior secretary, Ken Salazar, energy secretary, Steven Chu, Labor Secy Hilda Solis, Valerie Jarrett, and COS Rham Emanuel. / PICTURE/BP Holdings.

DOING THE DEAL---Valerie takes notes as Obama dreams about his cut and new diamonds for Michele. In foreground, then-COS Rahm Emanuel's hand holds the pencil jotting down his cut that will help make him Chicago Mayor.

At the top, in turquoise, then-Labor Secy Hilda Solis figures out her cut and how many BP executive jobs she needs for latinos. Left, Valerie Jarrett hopes Biden will remember his scripted lines.

MOB HIT VP Joe Biden Told BP: "You’ll Put $20 Billion In Escrow Or We’ll Do It For You."

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Jarrett is "The Enforcer"---making sure Obama is properly adored and worshipped. If you don't worship Oboba-- Valerie's gonna getchou.


48 posted on 06/01/2014 4:56:59 AM PDT by Liz
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