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During the last 10-plus years, I have lost count of the number of dollars I have received due to class-action lawsuits, won in large part because the board was asleep at the switch and allowed mismanagement or fraud to go on.
Hitting hard at the Prime Minister, she said: "The Harper government was asleep at the switch, allowing the legislation infringing on women's rights - even legalizing marital rape - to pass through the Afghan parliament, without comment, not even noticing until it was too late.
These belied his "popular image" as an unimaginative duffer who dismissed space exploration as mere theatrics and fell asleep at the switch while the Russians rocketed ahead.
We have been asleep at the switch -- not just some regulatory agencies but some of the congressional committees," Obama said at a press conference in Chicago, blaming "a White House that started with the premise that deregulation was always good.
Distancing herself and McCain from the past eight years of the Republican-led administration under President Bush, she continued, "Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective, and management on Wall Street has not run these institutions responsibly.
McCain untethered, we'll quote at length: ''Mismanagement and greed became the operating standard while regulators were asleep at the switch.
The regulator here was asleep at the switch," claimed Schumer, according to the Associated Press.
With official Washington asleep at the switch, what should our states and communities do?
Blockbuster is a great example of a retailer whose business model has aged out, partly because of changing times, mostly because it was asleep at the switch.
While they are usually too polite to say so, it's clear they think we must be a little inept or asleep at the switch.
I have fallen asleep at the switch and the train carrying a "Top Secret" cargo is off the tracks in unsecured territory and he is alerting me to stop transmission.