Tuesday, November 28, 2006

new meaning to blind faith

President Bush is giving new meaning to blind faith by distancing himself from the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. This should come as no surprise from a person who has in civilian life made poor managerial decisions --trading Sosa from the Texas Rangers or Arbusto Energy which was bailed out when it was bought by the soon failing Spectrum 7 then Harkin Energy which had connections in Bahrain.... One would expect with a MBA he would understand good management practices and keep his eye on the bottom line.

His main campaign promoise when he ran for president was the "no child left behind" plan based on the changes he made as governor in Texas. Here are some rankings of Texas' education system:
Percentage increase in drop-out rate since 1986 - 9% (some people say that students were encouraged to drop out if they scored low on the standardized tests)e
SAT scores - 1996 combined math & verbal - 44th. ( 1 )
SAT scores - 1997 combined math & verbal - 45th. ( 1 )
SAT scores - 1998 combined math & verbal - 44th. ( 1 )
Spending for public libraries & branches - 46th. ( 2 )

[Resources for stats 1. National Education Agency, Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the states 1999 & U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Educational Research and Development
2. Statistical Rankings by State ]

And, when one looks Bush's public experience managerial style one sees that he surrounds himself with 'yes people.' He seems unable to accept constructive criticism, and goes forth bullishly, blindly on the same path.

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