Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Hillary Clinton: Worst Government Employee in U.S. History

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The U.S. government has far too many overpaid employees who do little or nothing.  Once hired they are virtually impossible to fire.  They can come in, or not.   They can sleep on their desks for the better part of the day and they are protected by a system that, more often than not, rewards failure and punishes accomplishment.

That said, I must offer my apologies to the thousands of sincere, selfless government employees who come in and do their very best for God and country every day in spite of the mess we’ve created for them.

Far worse than the career government employees are some of the 7,000 or so political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president.  They are completely untouchable.  Many are unqualified for the jobs they now hold and may have little or no knowledge of the agencies that they now control.  Some say that these political appointees lord it over the rank and file who are simply attempting to do their jobs.

Now, let me nominate a woman who should go down as the very worst government employee in U.S. history.    Her name is Hilary Clinton.  Her claim to fame is that she married a charismatic politician and rode his coattails to the White House, to a seat in the U.S. Senate and to the job of Secretary of State. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 25th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

My 2016 Dream Team

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I know it’s early, but if I could pick the 2016  nominees for president and vice president out of  a crowded Republican field today, the choice would be easy:  Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

My reasoning is simple:  They are the only non-politicians who are worthy of serious consideration for the top job.  The former has already formed an exploratory committee.  The latter is exploring, exploring.

Both have succeeded at the highest levels in the real world: Carson in medicine, Fiorina in business.  Both have management experience, Carson as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, the youngest division head in the history of the institution, and Fiorina, who as CEO of  Hewlett-Packard was the first female to head a Fortune 50 company.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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Republicans Confront the Big Bad (Iranian) Wolf

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Fairy tales are simple lessons for children of good versus evil.  The villain is easy to spot.  Often it’s a big bad wolf.

This week, frustrated Republicans, anxious to prove they are in control of Congress, penned a fairy tale of a letter and sent it to one of the world’s big bad wolves, the country of Iran.  Ostensively, the purpose of the letter was to put Iran’s leaders on notice that any deal they sign with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office.  The real purpose  of the letter was to make us believe they are doing something.

It would be laughable if it were not so pathetic.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 11th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Obama Surrenders to Iran; Boehner Surrenders to Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave John Boehner a lesson in leadership by risking his political career to come here to address a joint session of Congress. In that speech, Netanyahu made a compelling case for our country standing up to Iran over nuclear weapons.

With the Israeli election just two weeks away, Netanyahu faced enormous pressure in Israel and here in the United States from those urging him to stay home. Nevertheless, he threw caution to the wind and used his time to lecture Barack Obama on the dangers of striking a dangerous deal with Iran which will allow that country to remain a hair’s breadth away from becoming a nuclear power and essentially get nothing in return.

Unfortunately, this lesson was lost on Boehner. Shortly after Netanyahu left the House Chamber, Boehner offered his unconditional surrender to Barack Obama over his illegal amnesty and, in return, got nothing, nada, zilch! Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

The Power of One

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Much has been written about the power of one.  One person can literally change the world.  Most of us look at such individuals as exceptional people, those blessed with a great talent or skill.  We tell ourselves, “Certainly, this doesn’t apply to people like me.”

We’re full of excuses like I’m too young or too old or too busy.  Perhaps we hesitate because our perspective is simply too large.  What if we didn’t set out to change the world, just the world around us.

Recently, I was moved by reports from two individuals, one who could be classified too young, the other too old. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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