In the words of Thomas Sowell “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” Yet, horse racing does this on a continuing basis. The appointment of stewards and racing commissioners is done within a politically influenced system which shows little or no consideration for knowledge and expertise when selecting appointees. A few highly qualified individuals do slip through the tentacles of the “Good ole’ boys network however they represent a very small percentage of the total. This results in unqualified invertebrates making terrible decisions that do not serve the industry well in any sense of the word. Unfortunately this will continue to be the case until political influence is replaced with a protocol that promotes people of integrity, knowledge of the business and a sense of fair play in those positions.