Sunday, August 21, 2011


That is the time that I’ve put into my government job since close of business on Friday evening -- and the weekend isn't even over yet. Am I bragging? Hardly. I think it’s an irreligious number, literally and figuratively. But I feel compelled to disclose it for two reasons. First, for all you Empathic Rationalist readers, it explains why you haven’t seen a more substantial post than this one this weekend. And second, for all you right-wing Empathic Rationalist readers, it points out how ridiculous your theory can be that government workers are all a bunch of welfare queens who expect excellent pay for minimal work.

This past Friday night, I attended a meeting with a bunch of my fellow “welfare queens” – I mean government lawyers -- that didn’t end until after midnight. None of us collected overtime for our efforts, and you could surely find private sector attorneys who never made partner at their firms but who earn twice or more of what we earn. But on we worked.

I am the first one to say that if there are federal programs that aren’t accomplishing much, get rid of them. And if there are federal employees who don’t do their jobs at all or do them inappropriately, let’s figure out a way to streamline the process to can them too. I agree with my Republican friends in that regard. But what I hear lately from some of the GOP politicians is an out-and-out war on the civil service – a thorough disrespect for what we do, our commitment to the public, and our claim to respectable compensation. And that attitude is not only disgraceful, but dangerous. For when we lose all respect for those who draft and enforce our regulations, set our health and environmental standards, and otherwise attempt to keep this national boat on a sane keel, that’s precisely when we lose our sanity. “Anarchy in the UK” was a good album, but let’s not bring that idea to the US just yet.

3 comments: said...

you chose not to cross the line-if you did you would go farther....

had u ever done so we might have some sympathy...but we w/o your stautorily entitled perks work far more 28 hour days than u do

I will write my Congressman and tell him I will support his vote for atax increase to get you More Morning Thunder rather than SleepyTime.....


BTW Previe

I remember your behaviour at the last Sex Pistols concert.


Daniel Spiro said...

Young Man,

The Sex Pistols put on quite a show, didn't they? I loved the way they encouraged fans to throw things at them while they performed. I guess you don't see much of that any more.

In my old age, I've come to prefer the Clash -- great attitude, but also pretty darn good music. The Sex Pistols could never match them on the latter score.