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Carol Browner, A Shady Past?

The so-called "Brain-Power" cabinet of Mr. Obama's sure doesn't look so smart recently.

This time it's Obama's menacingly named "Climate Czar" pick, Carol Browner.

Although some has been said of Carol Browner's association with the "Commission for a Sustainable World Society", which is part of Socialist-International ( I could just stop there.), nothing has been said about her tenure as head of the EPA under the Bill Clinton, where she served during his entire administration.

According to a story done by TIME magazine (written in February, 2001), what amazingly has not come to light recently regarding Ms. Browner was her involvement in the then festering racial problems at the EPA while she served as Administrator. These problems eventually lead to passage of the NOFEAR Act (the National and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act of 2001), which held federal agencies accountable for tolerating discrimination and stifling workplace whistleblowers.

According to a Ms. Coleman-Adebayo, under Browner's tenure, an accepted air of "racial pollution" was allowed to be tolerated at the agency.

"We were treated like Negroes, to use a polite term. We were put in our place."

After being passed up for promotions, outstanding performance evaluations, and annual bonuses, Coleman-Adebayo filed a complaint with the EPA's office of civil rights.

Her white supervisors told her in an annual performance evaluation that she was "too uppity".

After the same type of disregard occurred in her next appointment, working in a group on environmental issues chaired by then Vice-President Al Gore, and not believing these types of incidents could occur under such a "racially sensitive" administration, she decided to contact her lawyer.

After sending a letter to Administrator Browner outlining the "crude and ham-fisted treatment" she was getting from the "good-old boy" network at her agency, Coleman-Adebayo went to court, where a jury found Carol Browner's EPA guilty of discrimination, awarding her $600,000 in damages.

As word spread thorough the EPA, more workers came forward with similar complaints regarding discriminatory treatment from white supervisors. Anita Nickens, an EPA specialist, and the only black present during a visit of Mrs. Browner, was told to clean the toilet prior to her arrival. Afterward, the rest of her white co-workers bragged about it.

150 employees explored filing similar lawsuits against the EPA at the time Ms. Browner was in charge.

At a following congressional hearing concerning the atmosphere at the EPA, Ms. Browner claimed that during her role as EPA chief, minorities in senior ranks tripled, though she couldn't understand why her EPA managers who discriminated against Ms. Coleman-Adebayo weren't fired, and in some cases were even given promotions.

To paraphrase a well known quote:

Heck of a job, Browner!


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Comments (15)

Shouldn' the EPA have someo... (Below threshold)
epador:

Shouldn' the EPA have someone named Greener in charge?

As bad as Obamalala's appo... (Below threshold)
MPR:

As bad as Obamalala's appointments are, the one's we won't see will be a lot worse.

While you may be correct in... (Below threshold)
Allen:

While you may be correct in what you are saying, can you deny: Because politics and personal loyalty were all that counted, Bush appointed incompetent people to vital jobs. He hired interns to run Iraq. He hired a horse expert to run the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He wanted to hire Harriett Miers to be a Supreme Court justice. Top jobs were reserved for sycophants, toadies and failures.

And why have you failed to mention about the civil rights part of the DOJ, when the lying SOB mentioned that one of the lawyers spoke in Nigboincs? That is correct, right? Tell the whole truth about people in gov't or else don't say anything.

The GOP lost the last two elections because the voting Americans have seen through the GOP BS. Guess you haven't got that message yet! The truth hurts, but it's out there.

UNFREAKINBELIEVABLE!... (Below threshold)
Carol:

UNFREAKINBELIEVABLE!

As Allen points out the fat... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

As Allen points out the fatal problem with Bush's appointments is not their idealogy or their personal integrity, it is their competence. From Brownie to Rummy to Gonzo - all dramatic failures at the crucial jobs they were appointed to. In this Bush's appointees fit the Appointer like a glove.

allen... noble.... "Hey... (Below threshold)
Marc:

allen... noble.... "Hey! Look over there, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a bright shiny object, it's a diversion from the elephant in the room."

Rumsfeld and Gonzales are n... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Rumsfeld and Gonzales are not inexperienced. Get a life obama acolytes. ww

Allen and Dave,Try... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Allen and Dave,

Try to stay on topic. This is not about Bush's picks. This is about Carol Browner.

Do you have ANYTHING to say insightful about her?

Oh, I see Shawn, you get to... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Oh, I see Shawn, you get to set the terms of the debate. It's good to be the king.

Try again, my friend. As we say in the legal business you "opened the door" with the Brownie analogy. Now deal with it. Or be more careful next time. You can't have it both ways.

Carol Browner - competent.

Rummy, Brownie, Gonzo - incompetent.

Willie,

I usually ignore you, but you stepped on your scepter hard here. Noone said anything about experience, the issue is competence. People regularly retire from jobs they were incompetent to hold. As Shawn says "try to stay on topic." I'm willing to believe you're a fine fellow in real life. But on this blog, you're a hit-and-run driver.

Dave,Yes, Dave. I... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Dave,

Yes, Dave. I think myself the king. Sheesh.

You, my friend, are delusional.

I guess you have NOTHING to say about Carol Browner. Nothing! I'm sorry, except she's "competent".

I actually use a line from Bush that's been ridiculed to this day by the left and right, and you use it as a means to switich the subject to Bush's appointments, which in four days mean nothing, when the entire article is about Carol Browner.

You are about as disingenuous as they come.

Are you going to comment on the racial allegations put forth from the TIME magazine article, or are you just going to sit there like a one trick pony and spew forth your Bush sucks crap, and attack fellow posters, which is your MO, which everyone knows.

Go to bed or let the adults talk.

Your emotions are getting t... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Your emotions are getting the better of you, Shawn.

BTW, did the TIME article suggest that Carol Browner was engaged in racial discrimination?

Yes, that's right, in four days, by the grace of God we may get the benefit of the competence that has been missing for the last eight years.

America will press on and try to heal its wounds. Meanwhile you can carp from the sidelines.

"and attack fellow posters, which is your MO, which everyone knows."

Read those lines, Shawn. Without knowing who wrote them, what would you estimate the age of the author was?


My emotions? Don't flatter... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

My emotions? Don't flatter yourself, Dave. Go read your last post and see whose emotions are showing.

I really don't give an ass rat's how old you are.

Give it a rest for a bit, huh? You don't have to be a pompous nut all the time.

I know you are, but what am... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

I know you are, but what am I?

O.K. Funs' over."F... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

O.K. Funs' over.

"For Coleman-Adebayo, an MIT-trained political scientist who had held a string of impressive jobs at the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund, her first two years at the EPA during the administration of Bush the Elder were like laboring on a "21st-century plantation."

Does that sound like the racial discrimination problems at the EPA were directly attributable to Ms Browner or something she inherited and did not adequately address.

Further, it appears that an atmosphere of racial discrimination was an endemic problem at other federal agencies as well:

"An association of 150 aggrieved employees is exploring filing a class-action discrimination suit against the EPA similar to those that have already been aimed at the FBI, Secret Service, Agriculture Department and other agencies."

It appears from the article that Ms. Browner did not address the problem effectively, but also that she took responsibility for it (another distinction between her and Bush's incompetent appointees):

"At last October's congressional hearing, Browner, at times appearing close to tears, boasted that during her tenure minority representation in EPA's most senior ranks had more than tripled. But she could not explain why the EPA managers who discriminated against Coleman-Adebayo were still on the job and in some cases had even been promoted."

But the simple fact is that no one died because of "Browner's" lapses. The same cannot be said of "Brownie's" lapses.

QED, bad analogy, Shawn. My original point, made before you started playing hall monitor.

If any govermental dept and... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

If any govermental dept and buracracy needed to be elminated its the EPA we no longer need them they create more polution then stop it




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