The Competence Gap

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

As polls and surveys continue to show that trust of the American government among her citizens is at all-time lows, it daily becomes easier and easier to see why that is the case. Our government is suffering a deficit in basic competence that seems to extend far beneath the surface, penetrating the bureaucracy to its very core.

Consider the headlines of the past several years.

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was exposed for its “gun-walking” operation, known as Fast and Furious, which involved BATFE pushing – sometimes even coercing – gun stores into selling firearms to known straw purchasers. Those guns then “walked” across our southern border into Mexico, into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

    The alleged goal of this program was to track gun traffic across the border…and yet, as soon as the guns crossed the border, BATFE lost track of them. To date, at least one U.S. Border Patrol officer, as well as hundreds of Mexican civilians have been murdered with Fast and Furious guns.

    The Obama administration then began a cover-up of the operation, taking retaliatory action against whistleblowers, and refusing to hand documents over to the Oversight Committee, eventually leading to charges of Contempt of Congress for Attorney General Eric Holder, which have gone unanswered by the Justice Department. The cover-up continues to this day.


  • Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Since then, implementation of that Act has been one blunder after another. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued thousands upon thousands of new regulations on the health care and health insurance industries, making medical care and insurance increasingly expensive. Many of these regulations forced insurers to drop plans, leaving millions of Americans without insurance, and hundreds of Americans who relied on specialists for critical medical care could no longer be treated by their doctors.

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