Lack of Support from the Boss

It’s very frustrating when you want to get a job done and your boss just won’t give you the tools you need to get it done. It’s even more frustrating when the same boss who won’t give you the tools you need put you in the position to begin with, as though he was deliberately setting you up to fail. Meanwhile you have people who want you to fail and are actively working against your success. During all this, the boss, with only short-term political interests in mind and no regard at all for what’s best for you company and who strongly endorsed who for your new responsibility gives you an impossible deadline to meet telling you (and your opponents) that if you aren’t done by the impossible deadline, your funding support and support will be called off.

Who’d want to work like that? Any of us would be tempted to quit and tell our boss what to do with himself, and most people would find that completely justifiable.

So it’s to General Petraeus’ credit that he hasn’t told the Democrats in Congress what to do with themselves and instead focuses on doing what he can to win in Iraq, despite their setting impossible conditions.

Debate: Have Universities Become the Enemy of a Free Society?


Cicero’s Podium Presents
Have Universities Become the Enemy of a Free Society?

Alan Charles Kors
University of Pennsylvania
William Galston
University of Maryland

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
Time 7:00 PM

Place: Trabant Theater
at the University of Delaware

Conservative Caucus of Delaware, Inc.
Students of Western Civilization
Delaware Association of Scholars
Students in the Public Interest

Sowell’s Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene thoughts::By Thomas Sowell

Sometimes it seems as if everybody is trying to rip off his own little piece of America, until we are all torn apart.

A reader writes: “Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything.”

The last time I saw a Republican express outrage was 1991, when Clarence Thomas told the Senators what he thought of the smear tactics used against him. Before that, it was Ronald Reagan saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Before that, it was probably Teddy Roosevelt.

Too many people in positions of responsibility act as if these are just positions of opportunity — for themselves. The ones who simply steal money probably do less harm than teachers who propagandize their students, media who slant the news or politicians who sell out their country’s interests in order to get re-elected.

A reader wrote: “Have you ever noticed that opinion polls ask the opinions of people who have no expertise in the subject on which they are being polled and publish these opinions as if they were gospel truth instead of group ignorance?”

The people who are scariest to me are the people who don’t even know enough to realize how little they know.

A reader sent the following message, quoting his nephew: “Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented worker’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist.'”

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.

The home run records that made Babe Ruth famous have been broken but one of his records will probably never be broken — pitching the longest shutout in World Series history, 14 innings. Few pitchers go even 9 innings these days.

“Global warming” seems to be joining “diversity,” “gun control,” “open space” and a growing list of other subjects where rational discussion has become impossible — and where you are considered a bad person even for wanting to discuss it rationally.

When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.

In his book “Income and Wealth,” economist Alan Reynolds says that people often form “strong opinions” based on “weak statistics.” Unfortunately, that is also true of a wide range of other issues, from “global warming” to “gender bias.”

I am so old that I can remember a Democrat, at his inauguration as President, say of our enemies: “We dare not tempt them with weakness.”