Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bipartisan Support: No Problem!

Here is something that should have bipartisan support, with no problem at all:
Rep. Waxman and Leader Pelosi Introduce Anti-Cronyism Bill

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 -- Rep. Henry A. Waxman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi introduce the Anti-Cronyism and Public Safety Act, which would prohibit the President from appointing unqualified individuals to critical public safety positions in the government.
Certainly, both major political parties in the USA have been guilty of cronyism, although the Brown/FEMA case was particularly egregious.  Another such case is pending right now: Julie Myers, President Bush's nominee for head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  Main St. USA has a list of other prominent political appointees who appear to have been unqualified for their jobs.  

Cronyism is a form of corruption.  In addition to be wasteful of public resources, it can lead to misplaced priorities among government officials.  It is a sad commentary on our political system, that legislation to prohibit this practices would even be needed.

UPDATE: and let's not forgot the assignment of Karl Rove to direct the NOLA reconstruction efforts!