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The Trump Administration Is Made of Swiss Cheese: temps in the government have led to a permanent crisis.

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Trump never took staffing the federal workforce seriously. From the beginning, he was incapable of grasping the value of civil servants.  The president has contempt for expertise. During a national emergency, his top economic adviser is a former television host; his supply-chain coordinator is his son-in-law, who  prioritizes the leads and needs of cronies; the chief of staff at his Dept of Health & Human Services is a former breeder of Australian labradoodles. The executive branch is riddled with vacancies, especially at the top. We have an acting secretary of:  Homeland Security, Office of Management & Budget, and an acting Director of National Intelligence.“If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems,” Lewis wrote, “it’s better to really never understand those problems. There is an upside to ignorance, and a downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier.”

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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