Friday, April 4, 2014

Senator Dan Coats Asks Wrong Question to Wrong Person at Wrong Hearing

WaPo reports:
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was prepped for an appropriations hearing on the defense budget when he took his turn Wednesday afternoon, flipping papers on his lap, reading from them and commending the witness for his department’s prompt response to a letter Coats had sent about a military accounting office in his home state.
It was all fairly innocuous except for one problem: Coats was in the completely wrong hearing complimenting the wrong witness.
After he’d finished a lengthy opening to his question, a staffer slipped Coats a piece of paper. Coats read it to himself, looked up, and said, “I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing.”


  1. No wonder they think we're all pegs that can be unplugged and plugged back in to any function in the country at their whim; they imagine we're like them.

    1. I think that you are exactly right, they imagine we're like them. They have become so used to bluffing and faking their way through every faze of their lives, that they just assume everybody else does it as well.

      An accountant at a Fortune 100 company, that had just acquired the company that I worked for, once altered the numbers that I had given him right in front of me by $2 million for no reason whatsoever. He then asked me if the altered numbers look reasonable. I told him no. He then had the gall to ask me what aspect of the altered numbers did not look reasonable to me. I told him the part that he had just made up.

      I later found out that this company did this sort of thing routinely. They even made a claim of about $90 million against my company without specifying the reason for the claim. When I asked our attorney to ask their attorney the reason for the claim, their attorney answered "they know the reason why"!

      Having no specific claim to address, I decided that the best course of action was just to prove that all of my numbers were correct. I walked into a pre-litigation conference with a 3.000 page report that proved all of my numbers to the penny and put it in front of their accountants and attorneys. They were completely lost. They were so used to bluffing and faking as a way of life, that they could not comprehend the possibility that everyone was not like them.