Your impression is spot on. Almost every federal employee over GS-8 could not make it in the private sector where positive results are a standard expectation.
The canned public sector statement is "We hire the best and brightest" It is a bald faced lie, but they use it to justify paying federal employees between 120% to 250% MORE than their private sector counterparts.
The best and brightest would have seen the 2008 economic meltdown coming and prevented it.
The best and brightest would have walked away from the Iranian nuclear agreement and ratcheted up the sanctions. They would also have demanded the release of our citizens before sitting down at the negotiating table. The best and brightest would never have front ended all the sanction relief, or allowed the weapons embargo to be lifted, or agreed to allow Iran to immediately begin developing a space program. For the dim witted, a rocket that can break out of earths atmosphere is called an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. The agreement allows Iran to purchase ICBM's from Russia and China in 8 years which is the backup plan
In fact the best and brightest would have seen and mitigated every major US policy blunder of the 21st century. What is on the federal payroll are (with limited exception) marginal at best; more accurately described as incompetent to grossly incompetent.
The best and brightest work for GE and other US based multinational corporations. Its why they don't have to pay corporate taxes
 September 9, 2015 at 11:09am
As spineless as the Repubs have been, not sure the difference. We need some honest Constitutional Conservative leadership…
 August 20, 2015 at 8:23pm
Somewhere in that school board, if you loo really, really hard… You might find a member who is not a communist…
A scene from Monty Python's, 'The Holy Grail' suddenly popped into my head...maybe East will post a link from his vast library.
Unlike medieval times, the results firestorm from all of the burning would only accelerate global warming and the rise of the oceans. Blame the witches! They are the true human cause for climate change.
 July 14, 2015 at 3:40pm
Speck- Degrees is right. Pretty open on our gun laws here, and Detroit Police Chief wants the citizens to defend themselves. Proud of this Detroiter. It has taken too long, but I believe that Detroit is beginning to turn the corner.
 July 9, 2015 at 9:39am
They need Al Sharptons tax attorney. He owes millions, doesn’t pay a dime and jet sets all over the place.
 July 5, 2015 at 1:14pm
Obviously they need to be more specific on the warning label! Kinda like my girlfriends curling iron… Clearly marked “for external use only”
 July 2, 2015 at 9:39am
What I find disgusting additionally is that some poor dude got drunk enough to procreate with one of those white trash hoglets.
 June 18, 2015 at 4:19pm
1,192 Shootings in Chicago so far this year and from the White House…crickets. Bobo the wonder Marxist couldn’t give two hoots about victims- only his agenda. He will use the Charleston citizens to stoke more racism- which is a bigger tragedy than what just occurred.
There is a difference between weather and climate. It is important to understand the difference in order to understand the Climate Change discussion. Ninety-seven percent of Climate scientists agree there is significant climate change occurring and it has a man-made cause.
Weather and climate are not the same thing.
The timescale for measuring climate is 30 years. If I say 'what was is the climate like in X area', then I'm expecting an answer based on a decades long trend.
Weather is a short term trend, based on short term effects that change quickly.
@blinknight Starting with so many false assumptions and variable intensive climate cartoons makes it impossible to create or believe in any current climate predictions. Too many lies have been told to believe in the ice hugging any more.
@desertRose1960 O freaking M freaking G...is ANYBODY still rolling out that week old dead trout 97 PERCENT nonsense? That's been debunked into the nether regions of comedy. http://www.climatechangedispatch.com/97-articles-refuting-the-97-percent-consensus.html
They pretty much IGNORED 97 percent of the respondents in that study in order to draw (or should I say "cartoon") their study. That horse is by now a jumble of fossilized bones that no amount of beating will render usefully alive.
 June 2, 2015 at 4:31pm
If Hooter’s ends up with a bunch of waitresses in burkas- I am going to lose my calm demeanor…
“Hmmmm…. I wonder if that snail darter fish thingy is really that big of deal? A green lawn and water to drink, or save some delta smelt bait fish?” The California leftist elites may have to make a value judgment soon… or start importing trucks of Evian to water their lawns…