Is there a predictable modern pattern as far as democrats
and our military? I say its obvious.
First, modern democrats are socialists,
they revel in expensive inefficent social engineering under the eternal “fairness” pretense.
Secondly, its always about the vote, always.
OzBama pleases his socialist base by cutting military spending. (home run)
This sort of shows he “will cut spending”…LOL. (extra base hit)
Then he knows the military votes maybe 75% GOP so
he frees up billions of dollars which will mostly be diverted to (guess what?)…
buying democrat votes here! (home run)
What socialist at heart would ignore that “3-fer”?
(then we become weak, generate thug nation mischief and some GOP POTUS has to spend megabillions
to catch up…then the GOP is hammered for that and voters are told starving children need the money here etc.)
Ignore all their excuses and maneuvering.
That is how it works. Its so predictable.
POLITICAL THOUGHT OF THE MONTH….
Ever hear how “the polar ice caps will melt and the oceans will rise?”
What do the democrats like Gore leave out?
What chemical principle?
The democrats left out that ice takes 9% more space than liquid water!
(So melting ice would actually cause the oceans to FALL)
All these years of threats and rants about MMGW…
NOT one democrat or anyone in their pawn media realized this junior high chemical principle puts a lie to their repeated claim…not one…because they are the dangerous gullible sheep of toxic socialism.
“If you like your science principles, you can keep them”…LOL.
READ THIS 2X…
AND BE EDUCATED AS TO WHY OUR FEDERAL GOV-MEANT IS SO EXPENSIVE/CORRUPT
(this will not be in the pawn news media…they worship monster gov-meant)
2/25 Dr. Howard Koh, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health Dear Howard:
I am writing to resign my position as Director, Office of Research Integrity, ORI/OASH/DHHS
This has been at once the best and worst job I’ve ever had.
The best part of it has been the opportunity to lead ORI intellectually and professionally in helping research institutions better handle allegations of research misconduct, provide in-service training for institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), and develop programming to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Working with members of the research community, particularly RIOs, and the brilliant scientist-investigators in ORI has been one of the great pleasures of my long career. Unfortunately, and to my great surprise, it turned out to be only about 35% of the job.
The rest of my role as ORI Director has been the very worst job I have ever had and it occupies up to 65% of my time. That part of the job is spent navigating the remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy to secure resources and, yes, get permission for ORI to serve the research community. I knew coming into this job about the bureaucratic limitations of the federal government, but I had no idea how stifling it would be. What I was able to do in a day or two as an academic administrator takes weeks or months in the federal government, our precinct of which is OASH. I believe there are a number of reasons for this. First, whereas in most organizations the front-line agencies that do the actual work, in our case protecting the integrity of millions of dollars of PHS-funded research, command the administrative support services to get the job done.
In OASH it’s the exact opposite.
The Op-Divs, as the front-line offices are called, get our budgets and then have to go hat-in-hand to the
administrative support people in the “immediate office” of OASH to spend it, almost
item by item. These people who are generally poorly informed about what ORI is and
does decide whether our requests are “mission critical.”
On one occasion, I was invited to give a talk on research integrity and misconduct to a large group of AAAS fellows. I needed to spend $35 to convert some old cassette tapes to CDs for use in the presentation. The immediate office denied my request after a couple of days of noodling. A university did the conversion for me in twenty minutes, and refused payment when I told them it was for an educational purpose.
Second, the organizational culture of OASH’s immediate office is seriously flawed, in my
opinion. The academic literature over the last twenty-five years on successful organizations highlights several characteristics: transparency, power-sharing or shared decision-making and accountability. If you invert these principles, you have an organization (OASH in this instance), which is secretive, autocratic and unaccountable. In one instance, by way of illustration, I urgently needed to fill a vacancy for an ORI division director. I asked the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (your deputy) when I could proceed. She said there was a priority list.
I asked where ORI’s request was on that list.
She said the list was secret and that we weren’t on the top, but we weren’t on the bottom either. Sixteen months later we still don’t have a division director on board.
On another occasion I asked your deputy why you didn’t conduct an evaluation by the
Op-Divs of the immediate office administrative services to try to improve them. She responded that that had been tried a few years ago and the results were so negative that no further evaluations have been conducted. Third, there is the nature of the federal bureaucracy itself. The sociologist Max Weber observed in the early 20th century that while bureaucracy is in some instances an optimal organizational mode for a rationalized, industrial society, it has drawbacks. One is that public bureaucracies quit being about serving the public and focus instead on perpetuating themselves. This is exactly my experience with OASH. We spend exorbitant amounts of time in meetings and in generating repetitive and often meaningless data and reports to make our precinct of the bureaucracy look productive. None of this renders the slightest bit of assistance to ORI in handling allegations of misconduct or in promoting the responsible conduct of research. Instead, it sucks away time and resources that we might better use to meet our mission. Since
I’ve been here I’ve been advised by my superiors that I had “to make my bosses look good.”
I’ve been admonished: “Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players.”
Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government
service, I had to “lower my expectations.”
The one thing no one in OASH leadership has said to me in two yea
rs is ‘how can we help ORI better serve the research community?’
Not once. Finally, there is another important organizational question that deserves mention: Is OASH the proper home for a regulatory agency such as ORI? OASH is a collection of important public health offices that have agendas significantly different from the
regulatory roles of ORI and OHRP. You’ve observed that OASH operates in an “intensely political environment.”
I agree and have observed that in this environment decisions are often m
ade on the basis of political expediency and to obtain favorable “optics.”
There is often a lack of procedural rigor in this environment. I discovered recently, for example, that OASH operates a grievance procedure for employees that has no due process protections of any kind for respondents to those grievances. Indeed, there are
no written rules or procedures for the OASH grievance process regarding the rights and responsibilities of respondents. By contrast, agencies such as ORI are bound by regulation to make principled decisions on the basis of clearly articulated procedures that protect the rights of all involved. Our decisions must be supported by the weight of
factual evidence. ORI’s decisions may be and frequently are tested in court.
There are members of the press and the research community who don’t believe ORI belongs in an
agency such as OASH and I, reluctantly, have come to agree. In closing, these twenty-six months of service as the Director of ORI have been a remarkable experience. As I wrote earlier in this letter, working with the research community and the remarkable scientist-
investigators at ORI has been the best job I’ve
As for the rest, I’m offended as an American taxpayer that the federal
bureaucracy —at least the part I’ve labored in is so profoundly dysfunctional.
I’m hardly the first person to have made that discovery, but I’m saddened by the fact that
there is so little discussion, much less outrage, regarding the problem. To promote healthy and productive discussion, I intend to publish a version of the daily log I’ve kept
as ORI Director in order to share my experience and observations with my colleagues in government and with members of the regulated research community. I plan to work through Tuesday March 4, 2014 and then use vacation or sick days until Thursday March 27 (by which time I will have re-established health care through my university) and then end my federal government service.
(watch this brave guy be trashed like you cannot believe by those worshipping gov-meant)