Letters to the Editor

Blaming underlings, not bosses

At long last, Cal Thomas in his Aug. 9 column concedes that competency, not ideology, is needed in a president. Not once does the name of George W. Bush appear, but a savvy reader can easily discern what and who Cal is writing about.

Cal quotes Prof. George Frederickson of Kansas who has written "a compelling essay on 'Repairing Broken Government' which centers on amending the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 that added a thick layer of political appointees to the upper ranks of federal agencies." Way to go, Cal. Don't blame Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Gonzales and Rove who came to Washington six years ago with their promises to bring efficiency, honesty and integrity in place of the corrupt Clintons, and have left the mess in Washington and the unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, blame those political appointees who followed orders issuing from Bush, the Grand Decider, and all his minions.