With the societal laboratory exploring the correlation between human behavior and chaos dynamics in a whimsical attempt to quantify the transfer of power in the Oval office, the meticulous assembly line of related data gathered and processed through spectrometers and electronic beakers, renders a comprehensive portrait of a daunting, yet disjointed entity. As Biden appoints subjectively qualified Americans to cabinet positions, in some cases the unfeeling monolith of bureaucracy incapable of processing feedback and identifying reality encounters an inexplicable system error, that is fodder for pundits and editorialists, or represents something that can be construed as monumental.
The hiccup in hivemind-anthill construct of the the new administration comes in the form of Suzi Levine. On the superficial level this seems obvious, but nuance is omnipresent. While displaying a plethora of incompetence and absence of culpability in mismanaging Washington state’s employment department (ESD), including a gaping security breech where an African hacking consortium made of with $650 million, the first thing on the minds of citizens, is how this person earned a promotion, and a prestigious one at that. Even more more maddening and egregiously comical, she was named as head of the nation’s unemployment program, within the US labor department.
Biden eagerly welcomed Levine to his staff, and while he still allegedly maintains his mental faculties, the obvious explanation to this bizarrely disturbing scenario is the modern future shock phenomenon of information age, of an organization purging ineffective and counterproductive elements through job upgrades, rather than facing the ugly mess and unsavory ramifications surrounding terminating an employee. However, this seems a curiously a sabotage job in the hopes of deflecting the onus to the hinterlands.
What happens like a broken record in corporations with the constant restructuring is also quite predictable in government, especially when an individual who is a figurehead, yet has not proven leadership is given the reins to a vital state organization. The ESD, much like its siblings across the nation, is plagued by known issues termed the “department of licensing experience” in being terminally inefficient, and staffed by callous and indifferent workers, with many lacking the intrapersonal skills needed in dealing with people facing desperate financial situations from being out of work. Ironically, on a non-linear scale, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, sets a low bar in coming across as tactless and oblivious during public appearances and press conferences. This is not the example that the leader of an overbudgeted state government needs to set.
Yet the crucial question remains is why an individual with such a forgettable performance was eagerly scooped up by the Biden administration, especially one who possesses a track record as a public official with more red flags than the scenario of placing Bill Clinton alone in a room with an attractive and vulnerable woman. The point is Levine is dangerous to an extent of extremism and is immune to the regulatory expectations of culture.
Levine does have a sterling resume from previous successes in the tech industry, and a stint as an ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under Obama, but the hits just keep on coming for the defunct kingpin of ESD. News recently surfaced that the department suffered a mass loss of sensitive data through an attack on the servers of a third party vendor, and chances are that anyone collecting unemployment through the Covid-19 pandemic must now remain vigilant in monitoring their credit and banks accounts, as hundreds of thousands of financial dossiers were exposed the feeding frenzy of the hacking community. What a great cover for someone who is attempting to achieve the ultimate ulterior motive. Rest assured that there is much more to this developing story, and though large sums of money can never be mistaken for window dressing, Levine’s blunders in the public sector are only half of the troubling equation.
Translated in Ingsoc and modern Democratic-speak, while the poaching of personal information did not directly occur within the state data banks, Levine should at least be awarded a shiny trinket of participation merit for simply commuting to her office and sitting in front of a computer, in both satisfying the work requirements set by the state workers union, and existing as a warm body and a title for a door placard, and a website biography page. She will certainly fit in with the spinning out of control narrative forged by Biden in proclaiming, “We made it here, and that’s all that counts. Punch in. Punch out. Now let’s babysit and coddle this nanny state into the future!”
Piggybacking on the research of others, Levine has been an integral part of massive fund raising efforts for Democratic candidates. The amount she has raised unfortunately will not balance the books for the ESD, and alleviate the difficulties now faced by residents attempting to repair their already shattered financial portfolio ground by the stiletto heel of government in a fine layer of insignificant dust. What is a few hundred million dollars yet a drop in the bucket, as dictated by the first rule of government? But the dragon is already out of the hat, at least according to those versed in the process of nepotism.
Republican strategists are wary that the offer to Levine was a token gesture, and a cold-hearted play by the Democrats on the ideological battlefield in placing her in proximity to the vortex of the action and giving her the keys to the Porsche in solidifying lucrative funds of donor money to further the leftist’s current majority in the House and the Senate. This saves Inslee from having to explain to voters why his ESD commissioner is making weekly bi-coastal commutes on a jet, and how this fits in with the carbon footprint limitations specified by the Green New Deal. Other seedy elements in the murky underworld of the Dark web, are quietly celebration the potential fortune of the appointment.
As the Scattered Canary, other hacking groups, and rogue nations lick their collective chops in dreaming of leisurely ways without fear of consequence to pilfer billions of dollars from the US Labor department, rumor has it the news about Levine’s history has made the rounds throughout the internet, causing waves of instability within the cryptocurrency market. Word has already spread like wildfire, that the relative ease to infiltrate is less of a risk than investing directly with Bitcoin, and developers have already started building apps geared towards the average consumer wanting a piece of the forthcoming plunder.
However, as the tax base continues to steadily increase because of legal immigration, there is no fear over bandits from government, as long as citizens continue to live long and somewhat prosperous lives, that may or may not involve the filing of an unemployment claim or three.
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