The Thin Blue Line #BlueLivesMatter

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Since the recession started, Carl Icahn has been blaming mediocre management for the financial crisis that envelopes the entire world.  Today Icahn spoke out in the Wall Street Journal.  The same problem with management in the private sector permeate management of the federal government .

In his inaugural address President Barack Obama said, “Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and responsibility on the part of some”, and due in part to our “collective failure to make hard choices.”

Icahn responds:

“He’s offered few policy specifics other than saying we need to undertake massive new infrastructure and educational programs.  But he is right, there are a lot of hard choices we need to make. And one of them is to fix the way public companies are managed.   Private enterprise forms the basis of our economy. It provides most of the jobs we enjoy and creates the wealth that raises living standards. New government spending can only do so much to repair the economy.  Reshaping corporate management can do so much more.”

Icahn points out that we continue to subsidize managements that got their companies in trouble.   “The economy continues to sink, jobs are being lost, and markets continue on a downward course.  Changes are needed and can come if Congress insists on reforms that make corporate boards and managers more accountable to stakeholders. “

“Managers often come up with creative ways to perpetuate their reigns of error.”  For government managers replace “error” with “terror”.  After all, the government managers produce nothing tangible or in the least bit valuable. In fact the majority of government supervisors could not perform the job functions they were hired to do.  Too many government employees get management jobs via the ass kissing route which is the quickest and most easily taken road to promotion in the federal service.  Why would a competent government worker sell his soul and integrity for a few bucks a pay period?   For the most part, in the federal government, those who can, do. Those who can’t, become supervisors. 

Not once in my 30+ years in government did I ever  consider applying for a management position. Mama didn’t raise a fool.  For less than $10,000 a year (before taxes), I was not willing to forget everything I was trained to do. I was not willing to give up my integrity and dump my ethics to spend a career with my head up the ass of some egotistical, self serving higher level manager who couldn’t wipe his own ass.  Thanks but no thanks.  At least a fed worker bee, could maintain his/her self esteem and hide out from the morons.  Most managers couldn’t find their ass with both hands.  They sure couldn't out smart a resourseful, imaginative criminal investigator on their best day.  Meaningful work could be accomplished, in spite of poor management, prior to the Chakwin Reign of Terror.  Chakwin solved the problem of agents doing real work, by relegating competent senior investigators to cubicles where they sorted paper clips. We were occasionally released from our cloth cells to move supervisors’’ vehicles from the shop or to process  illegal aliens for some “rising star” group supervisor is wating. These brown nosers were way too busy kissing management ass to finish the mountain of paper work it takes to remove a single alien from the United States.   $132,000 a year clerks were the Chakwin way of conducting government “business” in the best interest of the taxpayer.   

As Mr. Icahn points out in the Wall Street Journal, “Lax and ineffective boards, self-serving managements, and failed short term strategies all contributed to the entirely preventable financial meltdown.  It is time for shareholders to fight back.”  The same words apply to meltdown of the federal government.  It is time for the taxpayers and rank and file federal employees to fight back.  Take your government back from the self-serving cowards.  Throw the bums out, especially the double dipping bums!  Are you listening, Kyle “Bully” Barnette?  Your days are numbered. This could be the only silver lining of the Obamanation of the the Administration of the United States of America.

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A recent book titled "Good to Great" by Jim Collins documents the traits of successful corporate managers who were able to move their corporations from good to great. This sudy determines common characteristics of all the managers of these great companies.

"Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious-but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, and not themselves."

This is a lesson ICE management doesn't understand. It's all about what makes them look good. They really don't care about the agency or the mission just how they are perceived.

There are two kinds of people in the world, good & evil. Many of the people with whom I disagree are actually good people who are simply misguided or incompetent (IMHO both Obama & Bush & most government GS/14's and higher). The evil to the core people who constantly seek to destroy their opponents via any and every means available to them (Pelosi,Reid,Chaney, Rumsfield, Chakwin, Barnette & Hillary Clinton immediately come to mind)as the ones destroying the values that made this a great country.

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