Friday, September 28, 2018

At the Department of Agriculture

An excerpt from Michael Lewis’s forthcoming book The Fifth Risk. Life at the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Among other things, the department essentially maintained rural America, and also ensured that the American poor and the elderly did not starve. Much of its work was complicated and technical — and yet for the months between the election and the inauguration, Trump people never turned up to learn about it. Only on inauguration day did they flood into the building, but the people who showed up had no idea why they were there or what they were meant to do. Trump sent, among others, a long-haul truck driver, a telephone company clerk, a gas company meter reader, a country club cabana attendant, a Republican National Committee intern and the owner of a scented candle company. One of the CVs listed the new appointee’s only skill as “a pleasant demeanor.”

All these people had two things in common. They were Trump loyalists. And they knew nothing whatsoever about the job they suddenly found themselves in.

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Daughter Number Three said...

I have a copy of David Cay Johnston's book, which is called "It's Even Worse than You Think," but I haven't had the mental strength to read it. Michael Lewis's book sounds like it's of a pair. Aaaaaagggggghhhhhhh.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, it’s frightening. It’s the Dunning-Kruger administration.

Michael Leddy said...

Found It’s Even Worse with the new books in the library today!