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To: Portcall24

RE: The end of this article points some realistic choices that make more sense than simply posturing for political gain.

I just posted a few of them above.



Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and Congress’s top waste-watcher, sent a letter Monday to the White House budget office asking it to halt new hiring in low-priority jobs as a way of trying to preserve more important positions such as food safety inspectors and Border Patrol agents.

His letter identified 10 help-wanted jobs posted on the federal hiring website,, which he said could save as much as $1.4 million a year if the government canceled the hiring.

Among them were the staff assistant job at the Labor Department, which paid up to $81,204 a year for someone to do scheduling and screening calls; a new lawyer for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship program, with a salary of up to $155,000 a year; and a new director for the Air Force’s history and museums program, with a salary topping out at $165,300 a year.

There is also an ad for 10 “motor vehicle operator” jobs at the State Department, ranging in pay from $22.76 to $26.45 an hour for duties described as: “Drive and operate vans, trucks, and passenger vehicles on shuttle runs, special, long distance, and overnight trips; Perform maintenance and minor repairs on vehicles that includes but is not limited to changing flat tires and checking vehicle oil; and Assist passengers and loads and/or unload luggage.”

“Are any of these positions more important than an air traffic controller, a border patrol officer, a food inspector, a TSA screener, or a civilian supporting our men and women in combat in Afghanistan?” Mr. Coburn asked in his letter to White House budget office acting Director Jeffrey Zients.

The budget office did not immediately return a request for comment.

10 posted on 02/27/2013 7:56:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Are any of these positions more important than . . . a TSA screener

You were on a roll until you got there.

11 posted on 02/27/2013 11:38:35 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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