couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel

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couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel

(Someone) is utterly incompetent or stupid; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. A: "Did you hear that Zack took the train home last night and left his car in the parking garage at work?" B: "I'm not surprised. That dummy couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel!" The leaders of this country couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel. What makes you think they can overhaul the entire tax code?
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