We all know that when Obama's team cannot control something, their strategy becomes punitive. Take the recent loss of $400 million in federal aid money, as one example. A simple paperwork error was the culprit.
Now, some would point to government inefficiency as the real cause. And for the most part, they are right. The buck must stop with those who screwed up. But as we read in the NYT, there is likely more to this:
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey initially blamed federal grant evaluators for the fact that his state lost out after filing the wrong budget information with its application. (Mr. Christie has fired his education commissioner over the matter.) But there were other equally self-inflicted wounds, including the Christie administration’s failure to build support for the application among unions and local school districts.
First and foremost, Christie fired his Commissioner because he misled the Governor -- not for the error. But the NYT is not known for its journalistic integrity these days, so why are we not surprised the story has been slanted?
Even more telling is what we see from the bold emphasis (that I added), which is the real reason no one from the federal government cut the state any slack. Unions are no fans of Christie, but they do love Obama. Christie is not in their pockets, but Obama is.
For the real extent of just how serious the $400 million mistake was, take a look at this video of Gov. Christie explaining to all just how this whole thing unfolded:
So there it is. One page out of a thousand. No one picked up the phone.
In all this, I have to say that this guy really is a breath of fresh air and we need more like him. We need to look more towards the straight shooters who stand on moral and ethical principles, instead of BS designed to make people feel good.
Instead of calling the mistake maker out and firing him/her, he looks at this from a very pragmatic perspective. The federal government isn't interested in what is right, but they are interested in retribution. It is equally obvious by the way they hire robots and zombies to not think for themselves that the robots that are programmed to obey all orders. And in this case, the orders were to find a mistake and reject NJ's application, because the Obama programmers didn't live the Governor.