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  •  Problem with that (12+ / 0-)

    Is Obama has never been able to utilize such a strategy successfully.  Intentionally or no, he never provides the oversight to get that result.  The crooks and bad actors he puts on these commissions just end up producing crooked, bad proposals (see Cat Food Commission).

    For that strategy, you have to oversee the work and make sure the designated rat fuckers actually clean up the mess they created.  Otherwise, you're just putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 09:16:45 AM PDT

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    •  Historical Note (6+ / 0-)
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      IIRC, FDR put Old Joe Kennedy in charge of cleaning up the stock market and establishing its regulatory structure. Joe was an expert at the dirty tricks that cause the stock market crash.

      FDR knew Old Joe was desperate to be appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James.  He was dying to rub his working class Irish heritage in the face of the British royals.   So, without even hinting at any such offer, FDR made him work his ass off to clean up and regulate Wall Street.  

      Only after Joe Kennedy had done the job to FDR's satisfaction did he consider appointing him Ambassador.  Of course, Joe later screwed that up, but that's another story.

      That's how you use a crook.  You don't even talk to them until they've publicly admitted their mistakes and proven they've repented.  Then you put them in a position where their goals are very specific and where you watch them like a hawk until they clean up the mess you've assigned them.  

      But you never, ever endorse or in any other way, show approval of their unethical behavior.    In fact, you should make them admit their mistakes publicly and apologize for the harm they've done.

      Now, if you can't find a crook willing to do all that, fine. No problem.  In the case of this commission, you don't need their expertise. Their abuse of the system is fairly obvious and base, something that doesn't require any real skill or intelligence.

      But have some self-respect.  Don't worship crooked, dirty people.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:40:28 AM PDT

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