A Fish Rots from the Head Down

Russ Vaughn
We all know the meaning of the proverb: poor leadership leads to poor performance throughout the descendant structure. Subordinate organizations and agencies don't just suddenly take it upon themselves to behave badly. Each of them takes their guidance from the management levels above them. Perceived laxness and permissiveness in the next higher level of management encourages similar behavior in the extant level and this relaxation of standards and ethics then flows downward to permeate the whole.

It is indeed rot from the head down.

We are now witnessing rot within our government agencies, ranging from our hopelessly corrupted Department of Justice, to the formerly above-the-fray Secret Service to the supposed watchdog of federal property management, the Government Services Administration; we are seeing what happens when subordinates observe slackened restraint in the reins of proper governance and detect a permissive attitude towards rapacious overfeeding at the public trough.

Should we be so fortunate as to rid this country of the horribly destructive Obama administration this November, I will wager here now that the incoming Romney Administration will find that a great many of the solid underpinnings of our national government have been gravely weakened by the insatiable sekf-interested termites set loose upon the infrastructure of our hard won democracy by this foreign infestation from Chicago.

Look at this and consider, "I'm from the Obama government and I'm here to help you."

Whether it's fish rot or wood rot, something stinks badly in Washington and the foundations of government feel scarily squishy. Will Romney have to en-tent the whole damned thing and conduct a major fumigation? Or will a bunch of spot shots of executive Raid accompanied by judicious demonstrations of ethical governance suffice? Only time will tell. Termites are tough. Marxist termites are almost indestructible.

Especially when they are entrenched in the top spots and directing the rot.

We all know the meaning of the proverb: poor leadership leads to poor performance throughout the descendant structure. Subordinate organizations and agencies don't just suddenly take it upon themselves to behave badly. Each of them takes their guidance from the management levels above them. Perceived laxness and permissiveness in the next higher level of management encourages similar behavior in the extant level and this relaxation of standards and ethics then flows downward to permeate the whole.

It is indeed rot from the head down.

We are now witnessing rot within our government agencies, ranging from our hopelessly corrupted Department of Justice, to the formerly above-the-fray Secret Service to the supposed watchdog of federal property management, the Government Services Administration; we are seeing what happens when subordinates observe slackened restraint in the reins of proper governance and detect a permissive attitude towards rapacious overfeeding at the public trough.

Should we be so fortunate as to rid this country of the horribly destructive Obama administration this November, I will wager here now that the incoming Romney Administration will find that a great many of the solid underpinnings of our national government have been gravely weakened by the insatiable sekf-interested termites set loose upon the infrastructure of our hard won democracy by this foreign infestation from Chicago.

Look at this and consider, "I'm from the Obama government and I'm here to help you."

Whether it's fish rot or wood rot, something stinks badly in Washington and the foundations of government feel scarily squishy. Will Romney have to en-tent the whole damned thing and conduct a major fumigation? Or will a bunch of spot shots of executive Raid accompanied by judicious demonstrations of ethical governance suffice? Only time will tell. Termites are tough. Marxist termites are almost indestructible.

Especially when they are entrenched in the top spots and directing the rot.