Another One Bites The Dust: John Kelly Resigning At The End Of The Year

In the business world, when employees are leaving a company en masse, there are usually two reasons. The first reason is that the company is having financial issues and either whole departments are being eliminated or individual employees are seeing the writing on the wall and leaving before they are let go. The second reason is that there is an issue with management. An employee’s relationship with their direct manager can and will make or break their time with that specific company.

One of the tidbit of news coming from Washington D.C. over the past few days is that John Kelly will be resigning from his post as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year. The hope was that when he took over fromĀ Reince Priebus last year, that he would be the adult in the room. That hope faded as soon as the tax cuts negotiations ended.

Though a few names were suggested to replace John Kelly, the most prominent one belongs to Nick Ayers, who has been Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff since last summer. Not only did he turn down the job, but he too announced that he would be leaving his job at the end of the year.

I find it ironic that while you know who mocked his predecessor for having three Chiefs of Staff during his tenure, he will soon be on his third Chief of Staff, whoever he or she maybe. While Barack Obama had three people in the position during his 8 years in office, you know who is halfway through his first term.

He think he can do it all himself, that he knows it all. He doesn’t need anyone’s advice or input. He is right and anyone who disagrees with him is wrong. That is, in my experience, the worst management style and the reason why many people change jobs.

Another one bites the dust. I wonder who is next.



Thoughts On John Kelly’s Immigration Comments

America is supposed to be the land of opportunity. Anyone, regardless of background, can make something of themselves.

America is also the land of immigrants. Most Americans can trace their family history to at least one person who left their homeland and settled in America.

Earlier this week, General John Kelly, the current White House Chief of Staff, made the following comment in regards to illegal immigrants:

“They are not bad people … but they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States,” he continued. “They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English, obviously that’s a big thing,” Kelly said. “They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but this comment make my blood boil.

The reason people immigrate to America is for opportunities that are not available in the countries they call home. If they had the educational and professional opportunities in their home countries, they wouldn’t leave.

My family originally hailed from Eastern Europe. They were Jews, crippled by both discrimination and the opportunities that were out of reach because they were poor. They came to America over a century ago and like many immigrants of that era, integrated into America. They learned English, received an education and thrived.

His comments are racist is every sense of the word. But, considering who Kelly’s boss is, I am not surprised about the comment.

What we need in this country is to come together. We will never come together if we let this divisive rhetoric tear us apart.

John Kelly and the “Compromise” That Would Have Prevented the Civil War

It’s no secret that the Trump Presidency has been a hot mess since day 1. When General John Kelly became Chief of Staff earlier this year, there seemed to be a promise of  being the “adult in the room”.

That promise, if it ever truly existed, has not exactly come to pass. Kelly has just become another Trump crony repeating the “alternative facts” that has become a hallmark of the current administration.

The latest “alternative fact” coming from Washington D.C. is that The Civil War could have been prevented if the North and the South had simply compromised. I’m not an expert on that period, but I know enough to know that compromising was not an option. I could go further, but I will let Samantha Bee take over from here.

So much for being the adult in the room.

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