More evidence government entities often perform badly

The axiom goes that if you expect the government to perform badly, you will never be disappointed.

Last week put even that grim assessment to the test, kind of like Hurricane Katrina without all that water.

A short sampling of occurrences follows:

✓ It turns out that the geniuses in charge of law enforcement in Los Angeles thought it would be a good idea to show budding investigators the kinds of things the dauntless detectives have dealt with over recent decades.

A look at Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s suit worn by him the night he was shot to death by Sirhan B. Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel could conceivably drive home the point. Likewise, the rope tied around the neck of Sharon Tate in the Manson family murders.

And who wouldn’t want those grisly artifacts on display at the Palms Hotel and casino in Las Vegas, about 250 miles from L.A. and in another state, no less.

How it was that O.J. was unavailable to re-enact the robbery attempt that landed him in prison wasn’t cleared up.

✓ Surely the skies would be friendly and well watched by the feds, right?

Sure enough. If diapers don’t need changing.

It came out that last month an air-traffic controller at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York had his kids directing jumbo jets in and out of one of the nation’s busiest airports.

Gee, if air-traffic control is that easy, why do we need grown-ups to do it?

✓ We learned that the House of Representatives wasn’t eager to allow a tax cheat, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., to continue writing the tax laws. What next, a tax cheat in charge of the Treasury Department?

Never mind.

✓ Next, retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., decided to hold the majority Democrats to their word and insist on finding a way to pay for the extension of jobless benefits. Only the GOP could screw that up, proving again why it’s the minority party.

Good thing Bunning’s retiring.

Two words: Epic fail.

✓ The Colorado Legislature, apparently unconcerned that it needs to suspend panhandling laws so members can boost revenue by flying signs on Colfax Avenue, is all hot to empower local cops with the authority to ticket helmet-free toddlers on sight.

That came after they gave up on regulating the kind of makeup that would be available to women in Colorado.

There’s no telling what crisis will yet demand the attention of our dauntless legislators, but with Easter approaching, the sad fate of mistreated Peeps surely will require full investigation and multiple hearings.

✓ We now learn that the Department of Justice is employing seven attorneys who previously represented terrorists housed comfortably in Guantanamo Bay and that Attorney General Eric Holder actively resisted efforts by Congress to learn the legal backgrounds of the people he had hired.

What, no Enron lawyers were available?

Of course Enron lawyers have had some success of late, raising questions about whether Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling should have been tried in Houston.

Right now, about the only entity with a worse track record than the government on any level is Tiger Woods, and Tiger, word has it, is making a comeback.

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Regarding the erroneous description last Sunday of Dalton Trumbo and his tub at First and Main streets instead of the actual location of Seventh and Main, well, some days you’re a Grand Junction City Council member with a secret ballot, some days you’re Gov. Bill Ritter on a bicycle and some days you think Seventh Street and type First Street.


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