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Hiring leaders who ‘know something’

In the 1850s, the Whigg political party had become so ineffective that a new party was established called the “Know Nothings.”
Their approach was simple. When asked their position on an issue, they replied, “I know nothing.”
As we move further into a post-Constitutional era, our government has stretched its reach well beyond its Constitutional limitations, reaching deeper into our lives than it should and deeper than most of us desire.
As a nation, we elect leaders whom we expect to act for the long-term benefit of all of our country and citizens in accordance with the Constitution.
But, since decisions have been made to take various freedoms from us, we should, at least, expect our leaders and those whom they appoint to important positions to know and tell us what they are doing as they impact our lives.
During the past month, the media finally woke up to a number of issues (some call scandals) and the House has convened hearings.
Whether discussing the issues with the deaths of the ambassador and three others in Benghazi, the IRS targeting groups and individuals based on their political beliefs, or making a criminal out of a reporter doing his job asking questions, it seems that government bureaucrats have become modern day “Know Nothings.”
When asked questions to ascertain why these occurred and who made the decisions, their response was an overture of various versions of “I Know Nothing,” or “I don’t remember,” “I plead the fifth.”
We pay these folks in excess of $170,000 per year, plus they give themselves bonuses of as much as $30,000 per year and take some pretty nice trips for meetings, all paid with our tax dollars.
Their staffs are well paid, and their offices are plush with anything needed to do their job.
It is logical that we should at least expect them to be transparent, open, and honest.
It is disturbing then, to find that we have to go through costly legal processes and congressional hearings (lawyers paid with our tax money) just to find answers to relatively simple questions they should have been able to answer.
Just as disturbing is the fact that a group of Americans, working for the government, with unlimited power to destroy lives and livelihoods, saw no problem using their power to restrain the first amendment rights of other Americans for more than a year simply because of their beliefs, and not one would stand up and say this is wrong.
Are these the value systems of our country now? Is this the transformed America?
It is into this mindset of targeting, favoritism, feigned ignorance, failed memory, and lack of transparency and accountability that we are being required to entrust the management and oversight of our health care, and more and more of our freedoms.
Is this what we really want?
David Axlerod noted the government is “too vast” to manage, and I agree.
Let’s scale government back. Let’s leave health care in the private sector and, most importantly, let’s hire people who “know something.”