These are the personal views of Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission:
President Barack Obama is failing as the chief executive of the U.S government. His appointment of Susan Rice to be his top national security adviser and other missteps, indicate he views the fallout from recent scandals as a political challenge, rather than a management failure. Nothing could be less true or more damaging.
Revelations about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups, the Justice Department broadly searching the emails of journalists, and recent revelations indicate systemic management dysfunctions, and a culture of contempt for the protections of individual rights and the limits on the executive power required by the Constitution.
His stockholders–the American people–are rapidly losing confidence in his management. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll 55% of respondents said IRS targeting of conservative groups raised doubts about the broader honesty and integrity of his administration.
Yet, Mr. Obama is behaving as if all the turmoil on Capitol Hill and the media come down to Republican gaming in preparation for the 2014 congressional elections.
By appointing Susan Rice as National Security Adviser, the woman who misled Americans into believing the murder of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi was the result of spontaneous street demonstrations when the State Department simply knew otherwise, he is challenging the GOP to stop him if they can, instead of committing to get to the root of recent scandals and fixing what is broke.
Similarly, the president sent up three very liberal nominations for the pivotal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the constitutionality of many presidential actions is determined. Continue reading…