By Nathan Barton
Good morning. A very short final commentary for the week, following 24 hours and 800 miles of driving broken up with meetings and traffic. Today, lets look at examples of how the FedGov demonstrates incompetence and hurts people. This week has been “exciting” for many reasons: I notice that fuel, oil, and metals are all down in price, while the stock markets seem to be floating up and up, while wearing rose-colored glasses!
FedGov incompetence #1. After 214 days, and with virtually NO help from the FedGov except a bit of whinging by some members of Congress, Marine Sergeant Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican jail. He had gotten lost in San Diego and ended up at an entry port into Mexico in his vehicle with all his possessions, including his personally owned weapons, and had been accused of trying to smuggle arms into Mexico. The White House had in essence refused to provide any assistance whatsoever, apparently being too busy with integrating children who jump the border, honoring American-born terrorists in Israel (when not killing them), and criticizing states for quarantines and marijuana and other things.
FedGov incompetence #2. That Ferguson, Missouri, police officer is unlikely to face civil rights charges. Federal investigators have all but concluded that they don’t have a strong enough case. But then, except to the DOJ and the media, that was obvious almost from the beginning. The problem was not the shooting, stupid and wrong as that may have been, but the way the police and politicians handled the situation.
FedGov incompetence #3. FBI misconduct probe leads to release of dozen convicts. At least two significant drug cases could be jeopardized because of an agent’s alleged misconduct, officials said. My heart, of course, bleeds for this piece of garbage and his agency, which is little more than a tool of tyranny most of the time. 95% (or more) of “federal crimes” should be state crimes – or not crimes at all. The FBI should be little more than a resource agency for other federal agencies and perhaps a clearinghouse and source of advice and technical expertise for state law enforcement (and maybe, local peace officers). If that.
FedGov incompetence #4. Remember the panic? Well, it turns out that the guard on elevator with Obama was not a felon, as first (and continually) reported. Agents were concerned that the contractor at the CDC, who was armed, might be a risk. Again, whatever the case, this shows that the Secret Service is no different than most government agencies: unable to accomplish its mission except for pure luck.
Pioneering is dangerous and there is a reason that we honor test pilots for their bravery and willingness to do dangerous things. According to the WaPo, the deadly Virgin Galactic spaceship blast rattles fledgling industry, but I think this is more due to the stupid behavior of the media in spreading panic than anything else. The investors and managers and leaders of commercial space flight companies already understand that they could lose people and suffer setbacks in space flight. The company founded by Richard Branson had hoped to launch commercial flights soon, but I don’t think that this will deter him too much.
Politics 2014: With political ads set to hit a record, news stations can hardly keep up. Dollars are flooding into modest local markets that are not in traditional battleground states, as more billions are spent in 2014 than for any previous mid-term elections. Both of the old parties are desperate for gains (or controlling losses) and willing to pay almost anything – and SAY almost anything – to win. I suspect that both are also willing to lie, cheat, steal, and commit other criminal acts to win on Tuesday. Regardless of who wins, we know who loses: the people of the Fifty States and their liberties.