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It’s Time to Hold Mayor Pete Accountable

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Louis J. Senn

Last week, for the first time since September 11, 2001, a ground stop was issued for all domestic flights in the United States due to a malfunction of FAA safety software. While the White House and mainstream media were quick to blame outdated technology, this travel nightmare was just the latest transportation-related fiasco to occur under the watch of Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, raising fresh questions about the small-town mayor’s fitness for the job.

Looking back at Buttigieg’s record as a public official, it’s perhaps no surprise that the country has seen an inordinate number of transportation crises throughout his tenure. During Buttigieg’s time as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, the city’s pothole situation got so bad that one local newspaper flatly stated that “potholes around South Bend might be worst in recent memory.” When Buttigieg announced his 2020 presidential run, many South Bend residents slammed the mayor for failing to do much of anything to improve the city. “How is he gonna run the whole country if he can’t even get your city right first?” one resident remarked. Another said plainly, “I ain’t ever seen the dude.”

Many residents felt that Buttigieg had ignored basic infrastructure projects. The aforementioned pot hole situation eventually got so bad that Domino’s Pizza selected South Bend to be the recipient of its pothole repair grant – hardly a ringing endorsement of Buttigieg’s administration.

Apparently ignoring these obvious failures to run basic city services, President Biden moved forward with his nomination as Transportation Secretary, and Senate Democrats lined up to support his “historic” confirmation. Media outlets gushed about his education credentials and labeled him the “first openly gay cabinet secretary” (a distinction that in fact belongs to President Trump’s former Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell), while noticeably failing to make the case for why Buttigieg’s degree in history and literature, even from Harvard, qualifies him to run the Department of Transportation.

Once confirmed, Buttigieg’s first problem arose as reports started to surface in the summer of 2021 that a global shipping crisis was brewing. There were indications that delays would start to stack up after an almost 4,000% increase of ships waiting at ports of entry. These delays, experts warned as early as August 2021, would lead to higher prices as well as shortages of goods.

The supply chain crisis soon came to dominate headlines, leading to empty grocery store shelves and contributing to drastic price hikes for everything from clothes to lumber. But Buttigieg was nowhere to be found. Throughout the worst two months of the crisis, he was on paternity leave – he and his husband Chasten had just adopted twins.

To be sure, welcoming two children is a big change for anyone. But as Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg had the entire country looking to him to alleviate the crisis. When he finally broke radio silence, he merely stated that it could take years for things to return to normal – in effect tossing up his hands in defeat. As Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned at the time, “Buttigieg couldn’t organize a one-car funeral. He’s not going to organize our nation’s ports and railroads and highways and airports.”

Since this initial crisis, Senator Cotton has been only further proven right. The second major debacle occurred during this past summer and fall when talks of striking began to surface among the railroad unions. With crushing inflation fueled by still-unresolved supply chain issues, many worried that a stoppage of the nation’s extensive and critical rail network would cause a complete economic meltdown.

By September, the administration secured a tentative deal with the labor union leaders, who then needed to obtain member approval. However, it was immediately clear that union members did not like what was being force-fed to them. With the White House locked in a stalemate, Congress was eventually forced to pass a deal which Biden signed into law in early December 2022.

Throughout these several weeks of tense negotiations, Buttigieg was once again missing in action – on vacation in Europe, to be exact. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) eviscerated Buttigieg for his dereliction of duty, saying “Rail workers just wanted a few days of paid sick leave. President Biden told them to pound sand and his Transportation Secretary vacationed in wine country.”

Then, during the most recent holiday travel season, thousands of airline passengers found themselves stranded as Southwest Airlines experienced unprecedented cancellations due to a number of issues. Buttigieg finally appeared ready for action as he blasted Southwest’s CEO on December 29, writing, “The level of disruption Southwest customers have experienced over the Christmas holiday and into the New Year is unacceptable.”

But that statement would come back to haunt Buttigieg two weeks later as the FAA announced its extraordinary decision in the middle of “airline rush hour” to issue a ground stop on all domestic flights. The disruption was caused by a failure in a system called NOTAM.

The White House, elected Democrats, and the mainstream media were quick to point out that NOTAM and the computers it runs on are badly out of date, much like many other government systems. This indeed appears to be the case.

However, Buttigieg has been in office for nearly two years, and has had multiple opportunities for budget requests. But instead of upgrading this critical FAA system, Buttigieg has had another priority: infusing wokeness into every part of the Department of Transportation’s mission. For instance, a December 6, 2021, memo notified FAA employees that “NOTAM” would no longer stand for “Notice to Airmen” but rather “Air Mission” – thus removing supposedly “sexist” language from the acronym. The 2023 Federal Budget also provided the following insight into the priorities at the Biden Department of Transportation: “[the 2023 budget] will strengthen the Nation’s transportation system while tackling climate change…and advancing environmental justice.” Nowhere did it make any request for actually updating NOTAM.

Buttigieg’s only contribution to the Department of Transportation has seemingly been to play a sort of sociology professor pontificating about our racist highways and infrastructure. His FAA has repeatedly held training to ensure “diversity, equity, and inclusion” initiatives are met, but apparently made no preparations for the event of a massive systems outage.

As Nina Turner of Race, Power and Political Economy put it, “Secretary Buttigieg is a prime example of failing up.” From his time mismanaging South Bend’s infrastructure, to his history of ignoring racial problems in his own presidential campaign, to his husband complaining about their struggles affording housing in D.C. (on a cabinet secretary’s $220,000 annual salary), Buttigieg has been out of touch, tone deaf, and in over his head.

If Biden truly cares about serving the American people, he might start with holding Pete Buttigieg accountable for what has objectively been one of the most disastrous cabinet tenures in recent memory.

Louis J. Senn is a lawyer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously served in the Trump administration.

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Unfortunately, yet another repetative article that highlights the complete unfitness to hold public office of a Biden Cabinet official. Am I surprised? No! Do I think any of Biden’s Cabinet will ever actually be held accountable for their performance? No! Virtually every single member of the Biden Cabinet has proven themselves to be unfit to the do the jobs they have been handed. They were all unqualified to begin with, so it is NOT surprising that they have all performed exactly as they have to date. Bottom line: We have to endure another 2 years of Team Biden before we have any potential to replace them and their so-called boss.

None of this had to be, but the American people decided they would allow the fraudulent election, with all its behind the scenes manipulations from the Democrats, the FBI, the social media outlets, etc., etc. of 2020 to stand. So everything that has occurred since then is a direct result of that decision by the American people. We’ll see if the American people have learned anything by the time 2024 rolls around or whether “business as usual” continues in Washington, D.C.. I’m NOT holding my breath at this point.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

Just another Team Biden screw-up! . . . What has this Jackass EVER done right?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

No Hold the whole Biden Admin responsable day 1

SAMSON
SAMSON
1 year ago

Anyone who is a pervert should not hold a position that he does, if you cannot live morally and run your personal life properly you certainly are not going to do your job properly.

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

Mr. Buttgig is a total incompetent . A small town clown in over his head. He could give a crap about any dedication to America.
The rest of Comrade Biden’s cabinet are a bunch of bafoons.
Do the mass majority of Americans finally see what a stolen election by corrupt thugs has caused this country ?
…I doubt it.

Elizabeth Cheever
Elizabeth Cheever
1 year ago

Perhaps Pete continues to suffer Post-Partum Depression based on Artificial Intelligence!

American
American
1 year ago

Typical of this Administration, he is full of Hot Air! The overriding mantra has been “show me the money” and there seems to be no end to the money grab.

George Washington
George Washington
1 year ago

The poster boy for Identity Politics, unfortunately he is completely incompetent!

Jones
Jones
1 year ago

Although I am now a resident of a neighboring state, I lived and worked in South Bend area during Mayor Pete’s time as mayor. I only have one comment to make on that subject: that little commie couldn’t successfully operate a two window Dairy Queen.

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
1 year ago

One sentence says it all. He’s a Biden appointee. All the qualifications needed for a democrat job is to be a one-eyed, black, trans-sexual that answers to multiple pronouns.

Fred Noel
Fred Noel
1 year ago

Mayor Pete checked all the WOKE boxes to get his government appointment. The reason I say all is because being qualified isn’t one of the boxes!

Paul DAscenz
Paul DAscenz
1 year ago

Mayor Pete,
Isn’t for America!
He’s for Socialism/Communism!

PFArizona
PFArizona
1 year ago

Could he be any less qualified to be Transportation Secretary? Why? There wasn’t anybody actually experienced and knowledgeable that could actually do the job? And the Democrats think he would be a Presidential Candidate? Why? Aren’t qualifications a thing in the Democrat party?

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

Yet another perfect example of a bad example appointee by Brandon…first let’s pick someone by a left wing criteria like being gay, then the next criteria would be skin color, then the next criteria would be cross dressing, then the next criteria would be a socialist, then maybe, just maybe how to spell your position which was assigned…just think about the buffoons that this Satanic loving WH occupant has surrounding him and this list comes true…

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

BUTT is totally worthless and Tom Cotton voted for the “ominous” bill so he’s nothing but a slick talking rino! This country is falling apart due to weak men with no morals or integrity!

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

Mayor Pete was unable to meet the needs of his city when he was mayor, and he is unable to meet the needs of the country as Secretary of Transportation. Mayor Pete is very good at pointing out perceived injustices to minorities; however, his ability to do his job is very lacking to say the least. He is full of self-aggrandizing virtue signaling, but his willingness to roll up his sleeves and actually modernize our transportation system is totally missing in action. Tragically, mayor Pete is incompetent and emotionally unfit for his position as head of transportation.

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

The News Media and the weird thinkers on the Left will never hold any Democrat accountable!

jun
jun
1 year ago

Louis Senn should be ashamed of himself for lying.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago

Mayor Pete is one of the top picks of the Dumbocrats pick for our next President. I’m not sure how he will present him/herself, being he is the wife and a mother in his/her family and whether his/her husband would be first lady or first husband? These are interesting times we are living in. Anyway, it’s not going to be boring. As far as holding mayor Pete accountable, with our Mainstream Media gaslighting, all of our transportation abnormalities will be the previous administration’s fault, so we don’t have to be concerned about holding Mayor Pete accountable.

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
1 year ago

Buttgig spends way too much time and effort promoting his lifestyle than he does representing American citizens or doing his job in government. We need people in government who’ll dedicate themselves to doing what is best for all of US.

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

he NEEDS A BULLET

Aaf Schafer
Aaf Schafer
1 year ago

Mayor Pete does exactly what he was hired to do. Bring America to its knees.
He is a graduate of Klaus Schwab school of globalization.
Everything Brandon’s administration does is a page out of the Davos playbook.
A meeting is planned or is already underway in Davos with Papa Klaus. 5,000 Swiss army men are keeping order and providing security. While hundreds of private jets are flying into Davos with the leaders and powerful in the world to discuss their next step for globalization of the world.

Kay
Kay
1 year ago

Pete is not qualified, and I am sick and tired of him telling everyone we are discriminating against him because he is gay. He and his husband/spouse chose that kind of life so either you are happy or you are not but don’t expect the rest of us to feel for you. You adopted twins and immediately took 3 months maternity leave. Who gave birth? He is another biden puppets who will destroy our country. Retire petie

lindylou
lindylou
1 year ago

FIRE THE GUY!
SHEESH! ENOUGH ALREADY!

Nobody’s Business
Nobody’s Business
1 year ago

That’s what happens when you don’t appoint people qualified for the job, you appoint friends or now ;woke asswipes. I’m guessing if you ask him what lube he uses he can answer that but nothing else.

james carlyle
james carlyle
1 year ago

Buttigieg certainly meets or exceeds the current standards for cabinet level appointees in the US Government. Their agenda and objectives have little to do with managing the largest economy in the world. Their platform in 2020 defined this explicitly.

Veteran
Veteran
1 year ago

He is incompetent, and an embarrassment, the FAA disaster was just the last straw, the railroad strike, and supply chain crisis, are just a few of the many failures of his tenure as Secretary of Transportation; time he either resign, or be fired!

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 year ago

First, we have to get him a dictionary so he can learn what the word accountable means.

Rebecca
Rebecca
1 year ago

Mayor Pete is a fantastic example of the Peter Principle. He reached his full potential prior to being mayor. Now his claim to fame is vacationing during crisis and ignoring his job. His qualifications for the job are lacking. Fire him. And just because he’s had the job for a couple of years he receives no retirement or benefits.

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

It’s time for Pothole Pete to go before he screws anything else up. To think he thought he could be President. Oh well, considering liar Biden’s performance and giggling Kamala maybe he could.

paul
paul
1 year ago

why are so many people in gov dont know how to do anything?

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

A degree from Harvard, Rhodes Scholar, and Oxford. How did that education teach him to exercise common sense, see a sense of urgency and roll up his sleeves to get the job done?

Walter Rose
Walter Rose
1 year ago

Un qualified for the job.. Period

Blondie
Blondie
1 year ago

When you hire people because they check off a minority or a specific category, you get incompetency at all levels. Buttboy is no exception, he knows nothing about the FAA, flights or transportation efficiency. We have another such moron over education, and his expertise is drag queens. The press secretary is an idiot that can’t find a response to a prepared question. And the biggest moron on DC is pedo Joe.

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

Santos lied about his qualifications and the media, dims and rinos are all over him. This guy only has to check one box, token gay, and he’s the most wonderful thing since sliced bread!

Patricia A Arsenault
Patricia A Arsenault
1 year ago

I thought this RAT was still on his/her/it maternity leave..yes/no? #AmericaFirst

Curtis Fay
Curtis Fay
1 year ago

The reason he was late to work that day is he was home nursing his Baby!

Timothy Burt
Timothy Burt
1 year ago

Ah, the beauty of being part of a special group given special rights. Accountability excapes them.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 year ago

He never should have been in this position he is not qualified to handle it he is just one of many in Washington that should be fired.

Andrea T
Andrea T
1 year ago

Pete is actually doing the job he was hired for. Research the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Intentional and controlled chaos to elicit crises in order to hasten the collapse of capitalism and allowing the government to step in, takeover and usher in socialism (communism). These two radical socialist Columbia University professors were inspired by radical organizer Saul Alinsky. The BLM rioting, the Covid plandemic, flooding the country with illegals to overwhelm hospitals, schools and welfare systems, depleting our energy resources while at the same time demanding electric vehicles, electric heating, electric stoves while overloading the outdated and insufficient electrical grid forcing blackouts and the shutdown of internet and communications. Complete and full government controlled society.

Pat R
Pat R
1 year ago

Buttigieg, Mayorkas, Becerra, Blinken, Garland, Austin, Levine (the man playing a woman), his near-total cabinet + John Kerry & others, are all total losers, one-time want-to-be’s. They are all about as capable as Biden or Harris are. And this is what’s running (or rather defaulting on) our country.

We will be a truly blessed nation if we get through this fiasco without being taken over by the China-Russia-Iran-N Korea bunch.

Boots
Boots
1 year ago

The Blacks even hated him in South Bend, In were he was mayor. He’s nothing but a empty suit or a empty dress.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Mayor Pete: Only one question: ” & if you do, then how would you describe the living conditions for the majority of American citizens in 20-years ???? Good or Bad in your opinion ???

Moses
Moses
1 year ago

Joe Biden serving the American Public. Are you crazy? Joe Biden has for fifty years had the American People serving he and his family, and does not see anything wrong with that. I mean isn’t he royalty?
COME ON MAN.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

As much as I despise Pete, the gov’t has a big problem with procuring technology systems.

It’s not just that the systems are out of date now, but in some (many?) cases they were out of date the day they were installed.

I worked for a large national retailer who used a particular brand of computers designed to stay running even during hardware failure. The FAA asked for bids on a project and this company won the bid — but it took 10 years for the bid to be awarded! If you know anything about computer companies, you know that they no longer made that particular hardware — it was way out of date. The company offered a free upgrade to their latest hardware but gov’t procurement rules prevented that — the company had to supply *exactly* what was in the bid.

The company came to us because we had a ton of that older hardware and gave us the free upgrade they had offered the gov’t. They took our old hardware and used it to fulfill their contractual agreement with the gov’t (including having spares). When the system was installed “brand new” it was already running on decade old equipment!

I don’t know that that was the NOTAM system but I’m certain that whatever hardware is running NOTAM was similarly sourced and similarly aged when “new”.

Alice
Alice
1 year ago

I hear speech after speech after speech but I don’t see any changes just talk talk talk

Donald King
Donald King
1 year ago

I keep hearing people say that we are in danger of becoming a third-world banana republic nation. Wake up folks! Those of us out here in the real world live actual lives and are accountable for our actions, but, within the D.C. beltway, it already is the equivalent of a banana republic.

PIDL
PIDL
1 year ago

Fort Wayne is no more a small town than Louisville, KY. But this has nothing to do with this person’s inexperience. Just like Obama, he really did not have any real credentials to run for the president of the U.S.

But you act like a person from a small town cannot be smart enough!. Some of the greatest people in the world have come from small towns.That is not a measure of imtelligence or greatness!

BAE
BAE
1 year ago

Mayor Pete, as Secretary of Transportation is useless to the American taxpayer. Another corrupt phony, and he wants to be president of the US. His father is a communist and he is a socialist. Why do we need another politician like creepy Mayor Pete?

Elaine
Elaine
1 year ago

This administrations focus on checking minority boxes vs putting the best qualified shows up in the daily faux pas. A president who is lost in space, a VP who begs the question how can you be a lawyer? Attorney General?? I know rocks that are smarter! And on and on and on. The incompetence is mind blowing, God Help us.

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