Are you familiar with the Peter Principle, the certain people rise to their own level of incompetence? Well, in Maryland we have the Porcari Principle, where certain politicians rise to an even higher level of incompetence.
It is named after Maryland Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, whose fundamental incompetence has been on full display these many months since O'Guvnah kissed the Blarney Stone and suckered the state into electing him Governor.
John D. Porcari presides over a Department of Transportation that has admitted that it cannot protected riders on MTA bus routes.
John D. Porcari presides over a Department of Transportation that -- through massively incompetent maintenance and mismanagement --- has turned Light Rail into a great white elephant. After discovering ONE crack in ONE wheel on a CAR NOT EVEN IN SERVICE, the MTA was forced to go to single-car trains, which caused massive overcrowding and hour-long delays along the core of the line between Timonium and Glen Burnie. Things are SO BAD, the line between Penn Station and Mt. Royal Station is closed, having been replaced by a "bus bridge".
John D. Porcari presides over a Department of Transportation that has so fundamentally mismanaged the operations of Thurgood Marshall-Baltimore-Washington-International Airport, they will have to forgive over $30 million in rent and fees due to the state because airport officials miscalculated the square footage of the new terminal constructed for Southwest Airlines.
Let me repeat that: airport officials miscalculated the square footage of the new terminal constructed for Southwest Airlines. That is what John D. Porcari admitted to the Board of Public Works today. The people THAT WORK FOR HIM couldn't DO THEIR FRAKKING JOBS.
Where does the buck stop? The state loses $32 million in revenue, and everyone just leans back in their leather chairs and goes "damn, that's too bad!"
No, it is incompetence. It is negligence. It is gross negligence that leads to the state taxpayers being charged more to make up for the sheer arrogance and unbelievable incompetence of JOHN D. PORCARI and his staff of underlings.
One thing we can be sure of: under an O'Guvnah Administration, competence is not a job requirement.
Crossposted on Gunpowder Chronicle