2.26.2004

The buck stops nowhere

In Washington, nobody ever seems wants to take responsibility for their mistakes.

1) Not a single person at WASA or the EPA has taken responsibility for covering up lead in the water, even though multiple officials appear to have known about the problem for years, and they've unsuccessfully tried to underplay the seriousness of it over the past few weeks.

2) Lucy Spelman, director of the embattled National Zoo of Dead Animals, gave her bosses her 10-months' notice (10 months?), because:

"I have pushed, pulled and prodded to move the zoo forward. [...] But now, to accelerate the rate of our progress, I have concluded that it is time for me to move on. . . . I have become a lightning rod for too much attention. It has become a distraction for the zoo and the Smithsonian."
BZZZZT! Wrong! The response we were looking for was, "Because I suck like a porn star at being Zoo Director, and several animals have suffered and died of negligence under my watch. You can read about it in the Washington Post!"

3) Funny story here: millions of dollars have been stolen from Metro's parking lots and garages by its contracted employees. How much is missing exactly? No one knows. How long has this been going on? Metro was first alerted that money was being stolen at least four years ago, and as many as 10 years ago, at a rate of $500,000 to $1 million annually. This also comes while Metro is discussing ways to raise fares (and almost double parking fees) to make up for a budget shortfall.

You know, in any of these situations, all I ask for is someone to come forward and say, "You know what? That's my bad. I messed up. I knew there was a problem and should have done something about it, and I'm sorry. " Not a single person will do it; the problem is always somebody else's fault.

How about just a little personal responsibility?

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting post! I lived something similar in my job a fe months ago, when around 5 employess stole $10 millions, but they were busted some days after the fact.

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