Progressive Programmer

Progressive Politics or idle geek banter. What's on my mind when I'm irked, intrigued, bored or up too late.

Location: Michigan, United States


Fire them now

Waiting until tomorrow to look inward at an organization while lives are at stake today is irresponsible and reprehensible.

When someone is running a coffee shop on a Saturday and they're doing a poor job, the line might stretch out the door and result in some lost customers, missed orders, people don't get to work on time. You'll look back and assess what went wrong so that next saturday you can do a better job, but it doesn't make any sense to replace the manager at 2pm Saturday. I can buy that.

Now imagine your coffee shop is Homeland Security and your Saturday is the weeks-long effort to rescue stranded people from Katrina's aftermath before they die of starvation and dehydration.

When someone is running the Department of Homeland Security and they're doing a poor job, people don't just end up getting to work late or get a triple-foam instead of Colombian instead of a cafe mocha.

People die.

You can't wait to look back in a week or a month. If people are fucking up and the result is people dying, you don't wait to replace them, you do it right the hell now.

Waiting and looking back and realizing the errors that were made will only point out the errors that were preventable had you acted more-quickly to replace the incompetents in your midst.

Bloggers are realizing this, and some in the media seem to be as well.

It's high-time Bush realized this. It's high-time Republicans called for the heads of Brown and Chertoff both. Replace them with talent and experience instead of croneyism and campaign conribution payback positions.

Failing to do so will undoubtedly cost the lives of more than it already has.

I'm not liberal, I'm just paying attention


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