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Accountability in Government

I find it infuriating to hear Kathleen Sebelius and the President talk about being accountable for the Obamacare web site fiasco. The fact is neither one is accountable for this disaster.

Accountability requires that something bad must happen to an employee who is incompetent. That unpleasant event is usually being fired for nonperformance. As far as I know, Kathleen Sebelius did not get demoted, she did not take a pay cut, and she did not get fired. If Sebelius wasn’t fired, that must mean she is doing her job well and that job must not include creating a usable web site for Obamacare. Imagine that this fiasco happened to Amazon or Google. People would have been fired on day one. As far as I know, nobody experienced any damage to their careers as a result of this web site mess. Thus one can only conclude that there is no accountability at all but, to the politicians making the mess, it sure seems like a good talking point to pretend that they are accountable.

This seems to be the standard operating procedure for the Obama Administration. They talk but they don’t act. Maybe somebody should tell the President that we expect him to act. Want to know why government is so incompetent? Lack of accountability is part of the answer.

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