Skip to comments.I work for Uncle Sam, and Iím proud of it
Posted on 10/02/2013 9:16:14 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
I am a federal bureaucrat. A professional government employee. And guess what? Im damn proud of it.
It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. Im tired of it, and Im fed up. I dont claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do.
We are lawyers, doctors, PhD students, economists, writers, electricians, construction workers, security officers and technology specialists. We are not a drain on the national economy; rather, we are a primary reason why the United States remains as great as it is.
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Damn! My ‘bullshit detector’ just buried the needle...
I hope he finally convinced himself how important he is. Better put him on suicide watch.
Yes, you are - every time you get a paycheck.
And how many of them would we actually hire, if we actually had a choice?
I call BS; outside the military I have yet to meet a government worker who wasn't in it for glory, money, power or the security of a government pension.
you don’t get it....every government job means one less in the private sector.
Wow. That is positively delusional.
The exact opposite is true.
Nonsense. They have aided and abetted al Qaeda.
They armed al Qaeda.
And they have made Americans their enemy.
When I visited DC, I realized how widespread and deep the prosperity is there.
The men wear 1000 dollar suits, and the women 400 dollar dresses, handbags, and shoes.
Jason claims to be in the State Dept. I wonder if he organizes Gay Pride rallies in foreign lands.
Tell that to the NPS Rangers who just disobeyed orders and allowed WWII vets into their memorial for the second straight day.
your bio says you’re a cpa
Undoubtedly true in some regards, but these are the kinds of people who make their own processes almost impossibly dense. Any military mission nowadays is typically fairly easy to get done. The really difficult part is navigating the related bureaucracies for funding, approval, communications, security, etc.
....he might as well have said “I’m a transgender child molester with no discernible skills, and I’m proud of it.....”
Since the vast majority of the federal government is well outside the limits of the Constitution, it stands to reason that so are the vast majority of federal employees.
Forget the shovel and get out the snorkel; the Obama horse sh*t’s neck deep out there and getting deeper by the minute.
Journalism major trying to impress WP editor.
LOL! Yes, that's been my experience, too.
I will say that the only exception has been the Park Service and a few people in State (mostly former military) that I have met over the years.
I think one reason Obama wanted to shut down the Park Service is that he realized it's the only functional agency in the US government and the only one that actually seems to have intelligent, dedicated Americans in its employ.
I’ve noticed none of the (few) gubmint workers on FR are not around lately.....
From my experience, government employees spend their days looking for an opportunity to deny a “civilian” the liberty to pursue happiness.
Typical elitist arrogance. I wonder what this dip s**t is worth in the private sector, if anyone would even hire someone with an ego this inflated with his own hot air.
I bet the Compost wouldn’t run an editorial: “I’m a taxpayer and I am sick of being raped by the government”.
Come to think of it, any Compost reporter could have written this Oped as they already think and act like they work for the government and for Obama.
Ted Cruz, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alio, and Antonin Scalia are real Americans.
But otherwise you are pretty close.
Just a bunch of names, if that is not a drain on the country then there is no drain, if the Government controls a job it costs several times what it costs if they are not involved.
14 Government overseers and one worker and the worker is not Government.
IMHO, there's one agency out there that's doing it right: the FDIC. When the bank crisis hit 4-5 years ago, they hired 1500-2000 employees (I could be wrong on the numbers), all as terms, i.e. two year contracts, with the FDIC option for two additional years.
I am one of those, and I can honestly say I've paid for my salary many times over. One example: two years ago, I was asked to do a quick forensic analysis of a borrower's tax returns in preparation for a settlement conference. Their original offer was about 40% of a property originally appraised at $40 million.
After reviewing the tax returns (I have 30+ years of tax return experience), I prepared a list of questions for my supervisor to ask, and they proved to be "uncomfortable."
Shortly after, the next offer came in above $25 million, or nearly $10 million above the first.
The federal government would be wise to follow the FDIC example: a smaller, permanent, cadre staff, hiring term workers to fill in the gaps as needed.
not all are bad....just most.
I guess that they can hold their heads up high......
While standing in the unemployment line.
I Am Winston Smith. Like you, just better.
Thanks for reminding me I need to update it. I'm "inactive" now, and will likely never return to accounting. I also have no desire to prepare any more tax returns.
Yes you are.
You consume 25% of what we produce for no apparent effect except the retardation of economic activity.
“We are not a drain on the national economy”
We do not do anything and accomplish nothing but we are not a drain! We are a sink hole.
It’s not a question of your work, it’s the overall necessity of it. How much redundancy? How much over staffing? How many defunct and useless departments?
You, Mr. author can’t tell me, the citizen that pays your salary that there isn’t dead wood and fat to trim. If you say there isn’t then your a liar.
I personally don’t care if a large cooperation has deadwood and the reason I don’t is companies create wealth, they are what makes up the GDP. Government takes from the GDP and is a parasite sucking the life out of it’s citizens and all productive entities that are America.
Is it the woman going into Commerce Department headquarters to support U.S. companies abroad?...Why does any private business need government help? Are we picking winners and losers again?
They'd have to FReep on their own time.
They don’t produce anything useful. They prevent others from doing so while sucking on their recirculating debt.
The great majority of government “workers” I have met in my 70 years have not been hard-working, dedicated and caring. Most couldn’t hold a job in the private sector. The guy in this article is quite the self-polishing whiner. I have some relatives like him...insufferable boors.
Couldn’t get a real job, eh ?
It must suck a lot of dog to find out you’re “non-essential.”
Wow, has he got it backward. Is there a cure?
It seems that Mr. Indespencable has forgotten the raises that he has recieved most likely with Yearly bonuses that are in the 4 to 5 figure level over the past few years while the average Wage in Private sector has fallen considerably...and then there is that little NeroCare Waiver that schields him from felling what the rest of us are going or about to go thru with our Healthcare.
Lemme guess... an EPA lawyer sent out ot arrest people for wood stoves?
A "civl rights" division lawyer sent out to sue businesses for not meeting racial quotas, or sue states for demanding voters have the same ID they need for their welfare?
A Mengelecare "navigator"?
Beat it, Bunky. Get a job.
None of these drones produce anything. They only consume.
There’s your problem right there.
You know what they say, "There's no cure for stupid."
Find somewhere else to look for sympathy on your layoff, you will have a hard time getting any American who agrees with you since there are more than nine (9) million Americans UNEMPLOYED who cannot provide for their families at all!!!
Cry me a river you federal rat!!