Lament

by Dave Schuler on July 13, 2014

By way of preamble, a recent Quinnipiac University poll has found that 54% of voters do not believe that the Obama Administration is competent:

American voters say 54 – 44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government. The president is paying attention to what his administration is doing, 47 percent say, while 48 percent say he does not pay enough attention.

David Dayen longs for an executive branch that is capable, competent, and engaged. After noting the harm that loss of credibility does to liberal government he writes:

There’s only one way to restore credibility: through efficient, quality government programs that establish high standards among the public. But one misstep can ruin years of diligent work. The FHFA might have a perfectly sound program that will really benefit homeowners. But until they stave off the lingering mistrust, they will simply serve as representatives of a Government Who Cried Wolf.

I’m afraid he will continue to wait.

My own view is that President Obama is tremendously competent at the things that engage his interest. He’s interested in getting elected. He’s interested in raising money. He’s interested in getting his way on policy. He’s not interested in the mechanics of government.

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