Wednesday, September 21, 2005

More bad news for BushCorp™

Wow, you know things aren't going well for BushCorp™ when folks like Über-winger Michelle Malkin are on your case:

Everything was supposed to change after 9/11. No more business as usual, blah blah blah. But when it comes to immigration enforcement and border security, Bush keeps installing clueless cronies.

What has Ms. Malkins panties in a twist is the nomination of Julie Myers (who is, um, coincidently the niece of Air Force General Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and who is married to DHS cheif Michael Chertoff's cheif of staff, John F. Wood) to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency:
The Bush administration is seeking to appoint a lawyer with little immigration or customs experience to head the troubled law enforcement agency that handles those issues, prompting sharp criticism from some employee groups, immigration advocates and homeland security experts.

The push to appoint Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, comes in the midst of intense debate over the qualifications of department political appointees involved in the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.

Concerns over Myers, 36, were acute enough at a Senate hearing last week that lawmakers asked the nominee to detail during her testimony her postings and to account for her management experience. Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) went so far as to tell Myers that her résumé indicates she is not qualified for the job.

I realize, of course, that Ms. Malkin's real problem is that the agency in question deals with that favorite wingnut bugaboo, immigration. None-the-less, I take it as a positive sign that some Republicans, in some cases, can recognize that government isn't always the problem, and in fact might even be necessary.

I can only hope that this idea also makes them realize that if they are serious about controlling the size of government, (and I'm talking about true conservatives, not BushCorp™ hacks) then making sure that those you do hire are competent is even more important.

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