Another Bushie Mismanager?

Well, NOAA’s hurricane center is in an uproar about yet another Bush appointee.

Hurricane Center Staff Seeks New Boss
23 Staffers at the National Hurricane Center Sign Petition Urging Gov’t to Replace Their Boss
The Associated Press

Nearly half of the National Hurricane Center’s employees urged the federal government to replace their boss Thursday, saying they need to return their focus to protecting people from dangerous tropical weather.

A growing number of staffers believe that center Director Bill Proenza has damaged public confidence in their ability to forecast storms. Proenza has repeatedly and publicly criticized the government for failing to provide enough funding and to replace an aging weather satellite.

The 23 staffers who signed the letter say they feel Proenza’s public complaints have dragged them into a debate that has distracted them from their mission.

“The effective functioning of the National Hurricane Center is at stake,” the staffers said in the letter. “The staff of the National Hurricane Center would like nothing more than to return its focus to its primary mission of protecting life and property from hazardous tropical weather, and leave the political arena it now finds itself in.”

Yup. It seems that the less-than-six-months-in-office fellow has managed to spark a mutiny among employees. What? When was the last time you ever saw a mutiny at the NOAA?

Hurricane Center’s Director Under Attack
from the Miami Herald
Wednesday, July 4, 2007; Page A08

MIAMI, July 3 — Three senior forecasters at the National Hurricane Center called Tuesday for the ouster of the new director, Bill Proenza, saying he has damaged public confidence in their forecasts, fractured morale and lost their support.

“I don’t think that Bill can continue here,” said James Franklin, one of five senior forecasters at the center. “I don’t think he can be an effective leader.”

Two others, Richard Pasch and Rick Knabb, said that they concur.

“We need a change of leadership here at the Hurricane Center,” Pasch said. “It’s pretty much as simple as that.”

Shades of Brownie? The story continues:

Proenza, who accepted the $150,000-a-year job just six months ago, said late Tuesday that he will not resign and blamed the center’s morale problems on “Washington harassment.”

Proenza, 62, has repeatedly criticized his bosses at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying they have not provided the Hurricane Center with adequate research funds and failed to plan for the eventual demise of an important weather satellite.

Well, it’s not like we haven’t seen this before. And, what with Bush having managed to protect us from hurricanes since Katrina (well, you haven’t seen any, have you?), this is probably a really safe year to install another astonishing mismanager in the Bush vein: bungling, polarizing, incompetent and wildly given over to rationalizations.

Remember Brownie?

Glad to see that we’re in such good shape for the NEXT Katrina.



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4 Responses to Another Bushie Mismanager?

  1. Priceless! Absolutely priceless, the rats are jumping from Bush’s War Ship and there’s a mutiny going on at the NHC!

    LOL! I may actually laugh myself to sleep tonight. 😉

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    When are we, the free citizens of an advanced nation, going to begin the discussion of self governance? What kind of respect can we demand of ourselves for ourselves if we shun all responsibility for the civic function of our society beyond helping to elect representatives? Is it sufficient to say “I’d really like to have more of a voice in my own fate, but I’m really not sure that I have enough time to get more involved”?

    We are finally at the point in the human journey to be able to have both a complex social structure, and to play a daily role in the organizational framework of our society. With technology, each of us could be given the right to cast a vote on every piece of legislation, and there could be more than enough information made readily available to be able to so in an informed manner. We could assign Congress to the role of structuring legislative proposals for us to vote on. We might or might not want the Executive to have veto powers. Lobbyists can pay for “infomercials” to try to sway our votes in their direction. We might have proposed bills stay active for a year while waiting to see if they can gather enough support to pass.

    Or we might do some or none of these specific things. But what cannot be argued is that we now possess the means to construct some sort of a system, have possessed them for a significant period of time, and have not yet even spoken the first word in the national conversation about how we become the first truly modern democracy ever.

    Instead of that, we each individually join the national chorus of “The Government Just Doesn’t Work Any More”.

  3. Ginny Cotts says:

    Those two comments really sum up the response to the ongoing revelations of Bush’s mess.

    Hilarity and frustration.

    I keep reminding myself that Bush & Co are digging the GOP grave. I want it to be deep, very deep.

    When we have voted their collective a$$e$ into it, we can work on that Constutional Convention.

    Maybe one new feature should be a MANDATORY convention every century or two?

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    (Would anyone let their books go for two hundred years without an audit? Our society literally does not know where we’re at and it shows.)

    Direct Democracy, where every citizen has a vote on every issue, opens up a world of unheard of possibilities. No matter what rules and structure for this are created by The Second American Constitutional Convention, politics will change in dramatic ways the minute the new Constitution is ratified. The most visible and substantial change is that political power will immediately shift away from both major parties, and towards political independents. As with now, independents will hold all of the swing votes, but they will now be able to exercise them on an issue by issue basis, rather than on a candidate by candidate basis. This one fact alone would shift the political landscape of this country forever.

    It seems to me like it would make the most sense to allow votes to be freely bought and sold, in a system that has few if any limits on vote aggregators. For one thing, those accumulating votes would be publicly disclosed the minute they used them. For another, it is a very different world when the purchaser (“briber”?) is gathering votes from a pool of 200 million, more or less, eligible voters than from a pool of seven County Commissioners, or even 535 members of the U.S. Congress.

    Lazy people could give their vote to a trusted friend, religious leader, or to their Credit Union. A lazy family could select one poor sucker to do the work for all of them. All arrangements could be either opt in or opt out, and freely changeable. Groups with natural constituencies could leverage their members/followers to gain either short or long term political clout. Groups with heavy vote count to bring to the table could include not only the likely suspects like Reps and Dems, Labor Unions, the religious right, veterans organizations, NAACP, NRA, AARP, and conservationists, but even less orthodox groupings like fans of a radio talk personality or other celebrity, Moveon, Indian tribes, college students, Opera lovers, cancer patients, etc.

    Imagine how excited you’ll be the first time you watch The Chief Administrator of the Federal Government trying to convince 100,000,001 people that his Supreme Court nominee is the right one, rather than needing to do this sales job on only 51 rich, old, fat, white guys.