And I have something of a problem with it, given the penchant of government in general, and this administration in particular to name czars to handle crises. After all, I would think that given the current bureaucracy in place, and the fact that we already have a national security adviser, secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and a director of the Centers for Disease Control at their desks and working, we really don’t need an additional czar to take care of things. And yes, Ronald Klain was involved in making Solyndra a household word, and that doesn’t speak well of him, or of anyone else involved in making Solyndra a household word.
But in the event that there is someone needed to coordinate the governmental response to the spread of the Ebola virus, and in the event that the national security adviser, secretaries of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and director of the Centers for Disease Control have full plates and can’t do anything extra in terms of assisting in that coordination effort, then I am willing to go along with the appointment. Maybe there are people out there who might be better than Ron Klain at handling the crisis, but then again, maybe not. Klein does have a lot of experience at relatively high levels in dealing with the government and the bureaucracy, and that experience may prove to be valuable. We have enough doctors and medical professionals working on dealing with the crisis; to the extent that more people are needed, those people will have to be savvy and clever in bringing governmental resources to bear on the task at hand. While I am not fully convinced that Klain’s presence is necessary, I am willing to keep an open mind about it, and if he proves his worth in dealing with the current crisis, then I will be among the first to tip my hat.