Friday, June 29, 2012

CRAP Directive #1

Crap Directive #1

The Pentagon aka the Five Sided Squirrel Cage

In their wisdom the denizens of the Pentagon came up with a whole new level of bureaucracy they dubbed "Contract Review and Procurement."  As everybody knows the army is likes acronyms and for this bureaucracy the acronym was "CRAP" after much bustling around the new bureaucracy moved into the office above us after displacing the old bureaucracy. Finally the new boys got to exercise their new found authority with CRAP Directive #1.  The general took one look at CRAP Directive #1 and said that's enough crap, and that was the end of them.

It's too bad that general isn't around today because at least he was able to see through what was going on and nip it in the bud. Today we are faced with a situation where we are regulated to death it doesn't mean that our leaders brought us to this situation knowingly because in many cases what was done is a result of good intentions. Well let me tell you the road to good intentions as the same as the road to hell and is usually paved with good intentions.

The purpose of this blog is to point out where some of these good intentions have gone astray or in some cases where things that are needed are often lost in partisan politics. At present where suffering from the worst economic downturn since the 1930s when many people unemployed. If you believe the government's figures the unemployment rate is posted be around 8.2% in reality it's probably over 20% because of the number of workers that have given up on trying too find a job. And for the past four years our leadership is fiddled while Rome has burned.

There is so much finger-pointing that is going on in Washington and in our state capitals been in many cases the politicians are all of touch with reality. What is needed more than anything right now is some kind of a policy that will put the unemployed back to work? At least during the 1930s the lack of job situation was recognized and steps were taken to remedy the problem.

This took the form of two government agencies namely the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) as well as some projects like Hoover dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We need some projects like these now to put the unemployed back to work and more important to put some needed money back into the economy.

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