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I work for Uncle Sam, and Iím proud of it
The Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2013 | Jason Ullner

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? I’m 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. I’m tired of it, and I’m fed up. I don’t 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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Lots of cheese necessary for all that whine.
1 posted on 10/02/2013 9:16:14 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: Night Hides Not

Damn! My ‘bullshit detector’ just buried the needle...


2 posted on 10/02/2013 9:17:51 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Night Hides Not

I hope he finally convinced himself how important he is. Better put him on suicide watch.


3 posted on 10/02/2013 9:18:53 AM PDT by BO Stinkss (Democrats own every single ghetto in America - Just a thought.....)
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To: Night Hides Not
We are not a drain on the national economy

Yes, you are - every time you get a paycheck.

4 posted on 10/02/2013 9:19:00 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Night Hides Not

And how many of them would we actually hire, if we actually had a choice?


5 posted on 10/02/2013 9:20:35 AM PDT by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: All
From the article: "We don’t do our jobs for glory, or money or power. We do them — and do them well — because we take pride in our work and pride in representing the United States of America".

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.

6 posted on 10/02/2013 9:21:22 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Night Hides Not

you don’t get it....every government job means one less in the private sector.


7 posted on 10/02/2013 9:21:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Night Hides Not
we are a primary reason why the United States remains as great as it is.

Wow. That is positively delusional.

8 posted on 10/02/2013 9:22:14 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Night Hides Not
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.

The exact opposite is true.

9 posted on 10/02/2013 9:22:28 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Night Hides Not
State Dept employee: "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."

Nonsense. They have aided and abetted al Qaeda.
They armed al Qaeda.
And they have made Americans their enemy.

10 posted on 10/02/2013 9:22:52 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


11 posted on 10/02/2013 9:23:20 AM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Night Hides Not

Jason claims to be in the State Dept. I wonder if he organizes Gay Pride rallies in foreign lands.


12 posted on 10/02/2013 9:24:10 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: jtal

Tell that to the NPS Rangers who just disobeyed orders and allowed WWII vets into their memorial for the second straight day.


13 posted on 10/02/2013 9:24:12 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Night Hides Not

your bio says you’re a cpa


14 posted on 10/02/2013 9:24:56 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


15 posted on 10/02/2013 9:25:27 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Night Hides Not

....he might as well have said “I’m a transgender child molester with no discernible skills, and I’m proud of it.....”


16 posted on 10/02/2013 9:26:36 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: grobdriver
We are not a drain on the national economy

Even those who are truly essential are a drain on the economy. Its not an attack, its a basic law of economic physics.
17 posted on 10/02/2013 9:26:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


18 posted on 10/02/2013 9:26:59 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Night Hides Not

Forget the shovel and get out the snorkel; the Obama horse sh*t’s neck deep out there and getting deeper by the minute.


19 posted on 10/02/2013 9:27:20 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Night Hides Not

Journalism major trying to impress WP editor.

Future Crackhead


20 posted on 10/02/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: Turbo Pig
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.

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.

21 posted on 10/02/2013 9:27:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: grobdriver

I’ve noticed none of the (few) gubmint workers on FR are not around lately.....


22 posted on 10/02/2013 9:28:25 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Turbo Pig

From my experience, government employees spend their days looking for an opportunity to deny a “civilian” the liberty to pursue happiness.


23 posted on 10/02/2013 9:28:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


24 posted on 10/02/2013 9:29:28 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 9:30:16 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Turbo Pig

Ted Cruz, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alio, and Antonin Scalia are real Americans.
But otherwise you are pretty close.


26 posted on 10/02/2013 9:30:54 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


27 posted on 10/02/2013 9:32:09 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: grobdriver
Yes, you are - every time you get a paycheck.

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.

28 posted on 10/02/2013 9:33:59 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Night Hides Not

not all are bad....just most.


29 posted on 10/02/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Night Hides Not

I guess that they can hold their heads up high......

While standing in the unemployment line.


30 posted on 10/02/2013 9:35:11 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Night Hides Not

I Am Winston Smith. Like you, just better.


31 posted on 10/02/2013 9:36:40 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Sacajaweau
your bio says you’re a cpa

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.

32 posted on 10/02/2013 9:37:00 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Night Hides Not
"We are not a drain on the national economy"

Yes you are.

You consume 25% of what we produce for no apparent effect except the retardation of economic activity.

33 posted on 10/02/2013 9:39:28 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I REFUSE!)
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To: Night Hides Not

“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.


34 posted on 10/02/2013 9:40:43 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Night Hides Not
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.

Har!!!!

35 posted on 10/02/2013 9:40:50 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


36 posted on 10/02/2013 9:41:41 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Night Hides Not

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?


37 posted on 10/02/2013 9:42:50 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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I’ve noticed none of the (few) gubmint workers on FR are not around lately.....

They'd have to FReep on their own time.

38 posted on 10/02/2013 9:43:38 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Night Hides Not

They don’t produce anything useful. They prevent others from doing so while sucking on their recirculating debt.


39 posted on 10/02/2013 9:43:47 AM PDT by familyop
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


40 posted on 10/02/2013 9:44:20 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Rehabilitation Camp?)
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To: Night Hides Not

Couldn’t get a real job, eh ?


41 posted on 10/02/2013 9:46:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Night Hides Not

It must suck a lot of dog to find out you’re “non-essential.”


42 posted on 10/02/2013 9:47:15 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Night Hides Not
You can't polish a turd ... but you can roll it in glitter.
43 posted on 10/02/2013 9:47:20 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Night Hides Not
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.

Wow, has he got it backward. Is there a cure?

44 posted on 10/02/2013 9:47:42 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Safetgiver
"Why does any private business need government help?"

To prevent new, small competition from starting new manufacturing on U.S. soil. Government enforces anti-competition laws for them, even in county governments in unpopulated areas. Federal funding is a main staple of state and local governments.


45 posted on 10/02/2013 9:48:38 AM PDT by familyop
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


46 posted on 10/02/2013 9:50:22 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Night Hides Not
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.

LMBO!!!
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.

47 posted on 10/02/2013 9:54:32 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Night Hides Not

None of these drones produce anything. They only consume.

There’s your problem right there.


48 posted on 10/02/2013 9:54:42 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: 1010RD
Wow, has he got it backward. Is there a cure?

You know what they say, "There's no cure for stupid."

49 posted on 10/02/2013 9:55:35 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Night Hides Not
“I work for Uncle Sam . . . “ This is exactly why you are despised! In fact, you work for the American people who pay your wages, pension funds, and health care for you and your family!!!!!

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!!

50 posted on 10/02/2013 9:57:59 AM PDT by PotatoChop (Respect is earned, not demanded by this out of control socialist government!)
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