They don’t know what they don’t know

We’ve discussed this chart before. When it comes to Louisiana, or troubling actions by the Chinese military, or issue after issue, the President and the administration are unreliable and ungrounded. These people have never lived in the real world. This level of ignorance, amplified by the arrogance of this crew, is a big problem for the country.

12 Responses to “They don’t know what they don’t know”

  1. D Says:

    I’m glad the site is back up; I couldn’t get it for few days. Made me a little nervous ….

  2. Boatswain Mate Says:

    I second that, this is my favorite site. This Obama crowd is in way over their heads.

  3. terrence Says:

    ditto, ditto

  4. Frank Says:

    I was going to say that we need to amend the constitution to only allow individuals with private sector experience in our government, but this “crew” just ignores that old piece of paper anyway.

  5. vicky Says:

    Hurray! Dinocrat is back up. Frank, dont you believe private sector experience might help with some of the problems we have today. Unemployment for example.

  6. Steve Says:

    Perhaps before drawing your conclusions based on it, you should examine more closely the premise and accuracy of the graph above, which has already been acknowledged by its own author to be completely false over 6 months ago.

    The graph, promoted by the American Enterprise Institute, was authored by Michael Cembalest, chief investment officer for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, who examined the private sector experience of “secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development” for several administrations. The facts are that only two Obama appointments to the Cabinet posts cited in the chart do not appear to have had significant private-sector experience: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

    After posting Cembalest’s graph, The Volokh Conspiracy “decided to take it down.” Law professor Kenneth Anderson wrote in a December 2 update to a Volokh Conspiracy blog post: “After discussions with the person who created the chart, I’ve decided to take it down and the rest of my commentary as well. He tells me that he has had a chance to re-think the whole thing, and thinks it was a big mistake to try and quantify with a graph things — in this case, what constitutes private sector experience — that are inherently subjective.”

  7. Maggie's Farm Says:

    Weds. morning links…

    Compare, contrast: News Judgment, Washington-Post style
    Chantrill begins:

    It is true that liberalism is cruel, corrupt, wasteful, and unjust. But one should never forget its delusion. The delusion is a simple one. It is a belief that government ca…

  8. xj Says:

    The facts are that only two Obama appointments to the Cabinet posts cited in the chart do not appear to have had significant private-sector experience: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

    The “significant private sector experience” that the other Secretaries possess appears to consist almost exclusively of a couple of years working at the sort of law or “consultancy” firm that trades on its connections with government. Is there anyone here who has been: 1, a senior executive of an established concern (as opposed to a researcher, like Steven Chu) or 2, an entrepreneur, even a “social entrepreneur”?

    If not, I’d say Dinocrat’s point stands.

  9. BC Says:

    The simple truth is that the real world is not academia. It’s not a think tank where you can play guessing games to your heart’s content without ever having to suffer any real consequences. Unfortunately, we need people with actual hands-on and real world experience but that’s not what we have no matter how anyone parses the definition.

    As for having private sector experience being subjective, I guess you have a point. But then again, using progressive logic, almost anything I hear from progressives these days is subjective. I mean, how else can someone honestly say that your fiscal policies “saved jobs” without it being a subjective thought. Or how can the president say that we’re drilling in deep water because there are no more shallow water drilling opportunities available? That last idiotic statement made last night doesn’t get any more subjective.

    As for the question of private experience, all we have to ask is how many of these cabinet members have actually hired and fired mid to top-level managers (not just secretaries)? How many have had to make a payroll? How many of these people have had to compete in a marketplace where actual decisions made by them could cost their company thousands of dollars and thousands of jobs? If these are the defining factors of working in a private sector, then I think the graph is still quite accurate.

    By the way, I’ll assume the same standard (or definition) was applied to all the administrations in the graph. If so, then the graph simply reflects the thinking of the president at the time and is then quite accurate in what it portrays. It doesn’t make any value judgments as to whether having private sector experience in the cabinet is good or bad. If the graph applies different standards to different presidents, then I agree with you wholeheartedly that the graph is wrong and should be removed but not for the reason you give.

    And yes, welcome back. I was worried there for a minute.

  10. terrence Says:

    xj and BC – don’t waste time and pixels addressing Steve the Troll. He never has anything meaningful, informed or intelligent to say – NEVER, EVER. Steve the Troll is a longwinded, vacuous prototypical troll.

  11. Frank Says:


    Oh, I know private sector experience would be best for our country. I just don’t think that an amendment to our constitution would be followed by many of the current fools in our government. I only hope that we can elect enough pro-Capitalists this November to offset the incredible number of Marxists that we currently have running the Congress and the White House.

    What is dissapointing to me is the lack of Congressmen/women who stand up and defend Capitalism. Frankly, I don’t believe there is any logical defense of Marxism and I’m amazed at how much traction it has gained in the past 20 years.

  12. Government by Lifelong Bureaucrats | The Common Room Says:

    […] This chart really makes one’s lips purse and brow furrow: No real world experience at all, instead we have a government of people who have spent their lives insulated in ivory towers and the hothouse of incestuous politics- spending other people’s money. […]

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