In the business world most executives get an annual performance evaluation that reviews the past year’s accomplishments or shortcomings and compares them to previously agreed upon goals and accountabilities. As 2009 draws to a close, the following is a recap and review that President Obama at might receive for his performance over the past year starting with his previous experience.(from canadafreepress.com)
(for the entire Performance Review, click: here.)
Summary of Performance:
- Performance generally unsatisfactory.
- Ineffective, lacks leadership skills and experience.
- Has difficulty focusing on agreed-upon priorities.
- Not fiscally responsible or able to adhere to a budget.
- Exhibits poor judgment when dealing with peers and colleagues.
- Not suitable for rehire.
It's hardly the image of transparency that the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Obama's uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama's first year in office ends, the government's actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president's words.
President Obama “is looking forward to having a broad discussion with, and getting ideas from, a whole host of people in the private sector — people that run fairly large companies, like FedEx, Google; small business owners that...do most of our hiring, financial experts, others that have ideas,” spokesman Robert Gibbs said.(from workdayminnesota.org)
“I am not interested in taking a wait and see approach,” the president said in concluding remarks.
“The government alone is not going to create and doesn’t have the primary responsibility to create the jobs that will get our economy moving again. That's the private sector. The president wants to hear from them on the type of environment that we can have that would allow for that hiring to take place,” Gibbs added.
There was no lack of ideas from union leaders who went to the summit. They included AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Change To Win Chair Anna Burger, Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, UFCW President Joe Hansen, Teamsters President James Hoffa, CWA President Larry Cohen, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Economic Policy Institute chief Larry Mishel.
The SEIU, among other unions, is pushing for a government-run health program to rescue the underfunded health plans of retired union workers. There's no question that the funds for these programs have been pillaged by unscrupulous union bosses.
Now seven Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employees have the courage to challenge their local to produce financial records to reveal how their union dues are being spent. It's about time that people like these seven demand accountability to protect what is rightfully theirs. Too many people have learned too late that the money they thought was being used to ensure their financial future once they retired was improperly used on lavish lifestyles and perks by the very people they elected.
We all know that unions are the purest form of socialism. Compensation in a union is never based on ability. Everyone is compensated the same regardless of potential and ability. So who pays in this instance? That would be the children and parents who want nothing more than for their children to have the opportunity to compete on an equal playing field once they graduate.
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• Collectivist climate zombies must be stopped: Disgrace fails to shame extremist 'watermelons'
• Political power corrupts everything it touches: Global Warming zombie: 'What an a$$hole'
More cracks in the anti-capitalist facade
(cross-posted from bishophill.squarespace.com)
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In my posting on the lack of any statement from the Royal Society on Climategate, I wondered if a refusal to address the wrongdoing might eventually lead the fellows to take a stand against the leadership. Something very like this seems to be happening at the American Physical Society. This email to a selection of the fellows of that august body was reposted to the comments at Climate Audit.
Dear fellow member of the American Physical Society:
This is a matter of great importance to the integrity of the Society. It is being sent to a random fraction of the membership, so we hope you will pass it on.
By now everyone has heard of what has come to be known as ClimateGate, which was and is an international scientific fraud, the worst any of us have seen in our cumulative 223 years of APS membership. For those who have missed the news we recommend the excellent summary article by Richard Lindzen in the November 30 edition of the Wall Street journal, entitled “The Climate Science isn’t Settled,” for a balanced account of the situation. It was written by a scientist of unquestioned authority and integrity. A copy can be found among the items at http://tinyurl.com/lg266u, and a visit to http://www.ClimateDepot.com can fill in the details of the scandal, while adding spice.
What has this to do with APS? In 2007 the APS Council adopted a Statement on global warming (also reproduced at the tinyurl site mentioned above) that was based largely on the scientific work that is now revealed to have been corrupted. (The principals in this escapade have not denied what they did, but have sought to dismiss it by saying that it is normal practice among scientists. You know and we know that that is simply untrue. Physicists are not expected to cheat.)
We have asked the APS management to put the 2007 Statement on ice until the extent to which it is tainted can be determined, but that has not been done. We have also asked that the membership be consulted on this point, but that too has not been done.
None of us would use corrupted science in our own work, nor would we sign off on a thesis by a student who did so. This is not only a matter of science, it is a matter of integrity, and the integrity of the APS is now at stake. That is why we are taking the unusual step of communicating directly with at least a fraction of the membership.
If you believe that the APS should withdraw a Policy Statement that is based on admittedly corrupted science, and should then undertake to clarify the real state of the art in the best tradition of a learned society, please send a note to the incoming President of the APS email@example.com, with the single word YES in the subject line. That will make it easier for him to count.
Bob Austin, Professor of Physics, Princeton
Hal Lewis, emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Will Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton
Larry Gould, Professor of Physics, Hartford
Roger Cohen, former Manager, Strategic Planning, ExxonMobil
Sometimes I wonder if this isn't global warming we're fighting about, but rather the future of science.
Despite promises that lobbyists wouldn't have a place in his White House, Mr. Obama has plenty of former lobbyists serving in top executive-branch positions. Lobbyists also have been regular attendees at his White House events. The role lobbyists play hasn't changed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but the president finds it politically comfortable if they are no longer registered as agents of influence.(from washingtontimes.com)
For example, Service Employees International Union head Andy Stern, who was registered as a lobbyist until early 2007, was the most frequent White House visitor during the first nine months of Mr. Obama's first year in office. Mr. Stern proves that not being registered as a lobbyist doesn't prevent union or business officers from reaching out to lawmakers and government officials in innumerable ways to influence policy making. Such influence peddlers just have to do it less than 20 percent of their working day, which allows them to skate under federal registration requirements.
Mr. Stern is one of hundreds of lobbyists who have recently dropped their official registration so they can work more freely - and more quietly - in Mr. Obama's Washington. While presidents have the right to engage the advisers they wish, Mr. Obama's ballyhooed stance against lobbyists gives the impression of action while actually instituting no positive reform.
The ACORN-Obamacare connection is a little appreciated, but potentially decisive, part of the current health care debate.
Opponents of Obamacare should forthrightly make a "game-changing" argument against the threatening health care "reform": Obamacare is a key part of corrupt ACORN's (and Obama's) radical agenda and thus a key part of why ACORN illicitly cooperated with the Obama presidential campaign to elect Obama to socialize America, beginning with health care.
That's because ACORN is now even more toxic than Obamacare.