Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Blame Game

Just a small addendum to add to the Michael Bérubé quote I passed on here: it's worth considering that one of the reasons the radical right-wing administration currently in power deliberately appoints people to head agencies who are incompetent and/or ignorant and/or downright contemptuous of those agencies is to afford themselves convenient scapegoats when things go wrong (as the radicals know will happen when unqualified people are given these jobs).

Update: Sayeth Krugman, "the federal government's lethal ineptitude wasn't just a consequence of Mr. Bush's personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?"