Skip to comments.Job Security - (tenured profs, federal employees & activist judges, all set for life!)
Posted on 04/09/2005 5:30:25 PM PDT by CHARLITE
The recent flap about tenured University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, the wacky white man pretending to be of American Indian heritage, may not seem to have much in common with federal employees or federal judges. Upon closer examination, we see that all three suffer from the same mindset: Arrogance and insolence as a result of a failed system of lifetime tenure, a system that also guarantees plush retirement benefits.
Tenure ensures that professors can never be fired for incompetence, and the retirement benefits ensure that only a few will leave the profession on their own. Not coincidentally, the good professors are the ones who leave. It is past time to rethink our old-fashioned belief that granting these excessive privileges and benefits to classes of citizens somehow ensures a desirable outcome.
In the judiciary, it has been well established that federal judges appointed for life fail to ensure fairness or equity for all citizens. Instead, politicians controlling the White House have gamed the system while the Senate eagerly confirms more activist judges.
Thus, Americans have suffered decades of nutty decisions from the Supreme Court. At the present time our precious American values are on the line, as arrogant judges decide for the rest of us how we should live our lives. Now they purport to tell us how we can worship our God even though the Constitution clearly forbids their meddling.
Who are these people holding lifetime appointments? More important, who do they think they are? They are a privileged class that answers to nobody. Moreover, they are quite confident that they cant be removed from their powerful positions. If one were to be found guilty of a significant felony, he might be removable; but short of a very public outing of a serious violation of law, it seems their jobs are safe.
Whatever good our country was supposed to get out of lifetime appointments of judges, I submit that the negative consequences have outweighed the positive ones, and there is no justification for continuing this failed experiment.
This system of lifetime tenure has not worked out well for academia, either. The complaints are rising to a crescendo as more students courageously blow the whistle on their professors--professors like Ward Churchill. For example, in a recent meeting with several hundred students of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, I made an allegation that too many tenured professors proudly declare themselves Communists while pushing hard-left agendas on students. They've made it clear that conservative and Christian views are unwelcome in their classrooms. I said that students were being blackmailed into silence by professors who hold grade point averages over their heads as punishment for expressing a conflicting ideology.
I also stated that our students are being brainwashed, while parents are being forced to pay large sums of money for the privilege of watching professors play with their childrens young minds.
Two professors who had infiltrated the meeting rose in protest. Red-faced, they declared me to be a liar and demanded that I prove my outrageous allegations. A young lady in the front row of the packed auditorium bravely raised her hand. First timidly, then with increasing firmness, she spoke of several of her Lehigh professors who had expressed hatred for American values and fondness for the likes of Fidel Castro. Following her lead, other students rose to give similar testimony. The angry and now outed professors quickly made their exit.
Back in Washington, D.C., more than 2 million federal employees report to a federal "shrine" each day with the knowledge that unless they fail to show up, or are convicted of a serious crime, they will have a job for life. They also know that when they retire, they will enjoy remarkable benefits far in excess of the paltry Social Security benefits being constantly debated today. These privileged retired federal employees will also have the best healthcare benefits the same benefits as their chief protectors and benefactors up on Capitol Hill.
As in the cases of the federal judges and tenured professors, the guaranteed paycheck a federal employee enjoys reinforces nothing in him but insolence and arrogance without accountability. It also breeds stagnation and mediocrity, because most feds cannot leave and collect benefits until they reach the age of retirement - currently 62.
Even if a fed is weary of his job and yearns to try a second career, he finds it hard to walk away from the security of guaranteed employment and golden benefits.
Many years ago, smart people who ran the military decided that soldiers should retire early unless they excelled in management. This culling process was nicknamed Up or Out and continues today. When a member of the armed services has his 20 years in, he can move into the private sector and still enjoy decent military retirement benefits.
The military is well off, ensuring openings from top to bottom so new recruits can come in. The entire system is kept young and energetic exactly what is healthiest for the military. Private sector employers are also well off, enjoying a constant pool of experienced, mature individuals who fit well into key positions.
Why dont we want the same environment in our courtrooms, our educational institutions, and our civilian federal government? Is it a good thing to retain federal judges who are so confused by age that they cannot even tie their own shoelaces?
Its time for the Up or Out concept to be implemented in our other important institutions. Lets get rid of the old-fashioned concept that all are equal, but that some are more equal than others. Were denying thousands of our sharp, well-educated college graduates important employment opportunities because there are not enough job vacancies. This seems stupid.
It cant be overemphasized that conservatives are at a disadvantage in efforts to return our culture to a balance because we refuse to use the tactics of the Hard Left. We play by the rules. Meanwhile the opposition runs around flattening our tires with ice picks. Its no wonder the conservative bus never seems to leave the station. At this unique time in our political history when we have the power for but a brief time, wont we make some much-needed changes that benefit us?
Gary Aldrich is the President and Founder of the Patrick Henry Center, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the life and philosophy of Patrick Henry, and to the promotion of Freedom of Speech, as well as the other Constitutional safeguards enumerated in the Bill of Rights. The Patrick Henry Center is a 501©(3) nonprofit, non-partisan Educational and Charitable Foundation. It does not support endorse or oppose candidates, or propose legislation.
"all set for life"
FEEDING OFF THE TAXPAYER. Lovely!!
This job-for-life business has got to stop. There is absolutely no accountabililty. It may take a voter referendum but we have to make it easy to fire these people.
The only way to stop this is to limit the authority of the judiciary (checks and balances, anyone?) Since the courts have ruled that government employees have a constitutional property right to their job (stupid), they are nearly invincible.
They have "mandatory breaks" all day long. They couldn't stay at their windows if they wanted to. "Rules and regulations" mandate that they take their frequent breaks. Meanwhile, the public is ill-served.
Have you ever been to any U.S. Post Office where all of the windows are open and tended?
I would definitely like to see an "up or out" system in the federal government. I get tired of seeing some of my fellow employees sitting on their butts doing nothing.
Most of us in my office work our asses off. It's the ones who go through their day in slow motion that give us the reputation that we have.
bump for later.
"They are a privileged class that answers to nobody. Moreover, they are quite confident that they cant be removed from their powerful positions. "
Isn't it interesting sickening that these who PRODUCE NOTHING but edicts, findings, and shuffle the paper of government control have the best pay and retirement plans?
Those in power will not go quietly and work against those who carry the burden with their taxes. I fear it may be too late for the common citizens.
Sadly it seems that the tick is set and feeding. How will anything short of fire will remove it?