TIME.com: How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There? — Oct. 03, 2005 — Page 1

Time has an interesting article looking at the current levels of cronyism in the Bush administration. They seem to focus on the positions that pose the greatest risk. Good reporting but mediocre writing. Still worth your time, though.

Why I should be FEMA director

It seems like anyone can get a job in Homeland Security these days so I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring as a replacement for FEMA head Michael Brown.

Let’s compare my background with Brown’s:

Michael Brown ME
Current Job Undersecretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response IT Director
Previous employment
  • General Counsel, FEMA
  • Commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association
  • Lawyer, Enid, OK
  • City employee, Edmond, OK
  • News photographer
  • Reporter
  • Photographic equipment sales
Ever fired or forced to leave a job? Yes Not yet
Education BA, JD BA, photojournalism
Political experience Unsuccessful bid for U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma Unsuccessful bid for ASB Vice-President, Hudson’s Bay H.S.
Political fundraising Raised millions for Bush/Cheney 2000 Had a Howard Dean campaign sign in front yard
Political contributions Bush/Cheney (aka Voldemort for President)
Famous Republicans known George W. Bush Once interviewed Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) for small-town newspaper
Famous college buddy(ies) Joe Allbaugh, campaign manager Bush/Cheney 2000 Pat
Head up ass? Yes No

Sources: Boston Herald, Knight-Ridder.

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Obscene phone calls

I just got off the phone with a telemarketer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He had the audacity to ask me to donate to the Democrats to help them take back congress this year. He actually said to me, I shit you not, that given the war in Iraq and the Republican response to Katrina, that it is vital that Democrats win back congress. He actually used an in-progress horror show involving millions of Americans on American soil to solicit money for politicians.

Though my first instinct was to reach down the phone line and strangle him, I calmed down just enough to tell him that I think it’s obscene to ask for political contributions while this cataclysm is still going on. Any cash that I have to donate, I told him, is going to the relief effort. This guy actually argued with me. He argued that it’s vitally important that Democrats take back congress to prevent these things from happening again. I raised my voice and argued back and so did he! I was amazed at the balls on this guy. If they want to call back in a month or two, fine. But it’s inhuman to call me for money while people are trapped and drowning in their attics.

I’m a Democrat and I do believe that control of congress is a good goal for the party but not right now. Not when decades of divisive partisan politics has resulted in the unbearable horror that’s playing out on the Gulf Coast. Whatever happened to bringing in the best and the brightest? Whatever happened to public service? They’ve given way to new levels of political cronyism that have handed over our vital public agencies to idiots like Michael Brown (link and link) and Michael Chertoff (link).

If you agree with me, feel free to contact the Dems here.

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