Thursday, December 11, 2008

Science as Policy

Wow, what a change after the Doofus Administration.
Imagine, a Nobel Physics prize winner as head of the Energy Department. Wow!
Commenting on Obama's personnel selections, CAP's Director of Climate Strategy Daniel J. Weiss said, "After the anti-science Bush administration, this is like going to a Mensa meeting after eight years of being trapped in the Flat Earth Society."
Actually, the Flat Earth Society is a great way to characterize the Bush Administration. I mean, think Arabian Horse Association and FEMA head.
President Doofus apparently spent way too much time at college inhaling illegal substances, so he didn’t get to meet a lot of actual students, i.e. people attending college to learn something. So, he ended his academic career as ignorant as when he entered it. Now, we may actually get some intelligence in our top leadership positions. Intelligence . . . what a concept.
I keep thinking of the Peter Principle in connection with this current guy. Remember that principle?
The Peter Principle is the principle that "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence." While formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1968 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the "salutary science of Hierarchiology", "inadvertently founded" by Peter, the principle has real validity. It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence"), and there they remain. Peter's Corollary states that "in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence".
Now really, doesn’t that explain the Bush Administration?
My theory is that Bush himself reached his level of incompetence as a Yale cheerleader. It was all downhill from there. How else to explain a life as filled with utter failure as his?
And now, he has less than 40 days left to screw up our Nation.
Whoooeeee! 40 days people.
We can do it!
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