Yesterday the president, after giving him a "free ride" on Air Force One, secured the vote of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) for his massive health care "reform" package. This is the same representative that has personally seen a UFO, along with another member of the elite brain trust, Shirley Maclaine. Hope and change you can believe in, perhaps in another dimension. The horse is dead, but I'm going to give it one more swift kick today because I'm amazed that with each passing day the "leadership" of our nation fails miserably to face reality and plumbs to new depths of failure. The speaker of the house is preparing to use a process that she openly admits will give "cover" to wavering lawmakers. Meaning, this process will allow members running for re-election in the fall to use the John Kerry defense, "I voted against it before I voted for it!" How'd that work out for ya? The speaker is using a process to hide elected representatives from being held accountable for their actions. In my book From Sea Level to C Level, I explain how leadership is an AART (Authority, Accountability, Responsibility and Trust), and without it, you're simply not a leader. You may think you are, and that's dangerous. It's that easy. Whether I was on the frontlines or in the front office, these were the four traits that defined a leader. By my count, the speaker and her crew are zero for four on the leadership report card. She almost got half a point for authority, because they are the government, but now that they're using Chicago-style tactics to get this passed, she gets a goose egg. I find it just slightly ironic that this tactic is known as the "Slaughter rule" after Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.) Less ironic and more troubling are the president's comments yesterday that he's not "concerned with process," meaning, of course, the ends justify the means. That kind of mentality moves Obama away from the Jimmy Carter comparisons and lines him up squarely with Richard Nixon. I noticed yesterday that General Electric ( GE) is running ads touting that Ronald Reagan was its spokesman before he was president.
The good thing about AART? Accountability. Pelosi and everyone who decides to press forward in the face of the withering fire from their constituents will be called held accountable in November. I doubt good ol' San Francisco has problems with its representative, but other more centrist representatives should start polishing their resumes. And based on how they've executed as leaders, I'd recommend they apply for positions in the post office. This is the same post office that has overpaid $75 billion to its pension fund. Nice, there's some good management. And oh, we need to stop Saturday delivery by the way because we can't afford it. The post office is another fine example of government trying to compete in the business world. If the post office were run like a business, like FedEx ( FDX) or UPS ( UPS), the leadership would be fired and it would file for bankruptcy tomorrow. Other companies take over the job and the process of delivering materials would be streamlined to the benefit of the consumer/taxpayer. Firing line: With each passing day our "leadership" shows increasing disdain for their customer, us. It's up to us to hold them accountable. But who cares about apathy?