I spend a lot of time in Central America and see it all the time.
Like the Oakland cops that were bustin' heads? You wanna go there?a police officer working his ass off to protect the people & property, still is a total loss to the tax-payer?
how do you quantify the value of an engineer making sure a bridge or tunnel is safe?
how do you quantify the value of a socialworker who helps make sure the elderly & handicapped in our society are well cared for?
see, contrary to what selfish Conservatives believe, not EVERYTHING is about money.
Last week, the CBO reported that if Congress simply left taxes as they are today, tax revenues would return to normal levels -18 percent of the gross domestic product - in just six years … and keep growing after that. Eventually we would need to cut taxes to keep them from reaching an all-time high. [Note: In this scenario, tax rates stay the same for all taxpayers, middle-income families continue to escape the clutches of the alternative minimum tax, and other tax-reducing provisions now set to expire remain in effect.]
DUBAY: Tax hikes not needed to balance budget - Washington Times
I worked at the government trough for 30 years. The term "public servant" in quite accurate. We were constantly underfunded and understaffed at the (health) agency where I worked. The paper work was never caught up. Services to the poor, women/children and the mentally ill were always being cut. This made for waiting lists for services. Physically ill, mentally ill and sometimes even dangerous people waited for services. Our staff were will trained to deal any emergency which might appear at our front counter. We had to be pleasant and precise to people who were at their best civil and at their worst rude, abusive and frequently scarey. We could not wear religious jewery, have any such material in sight at our desks, any political bumper stickers on our cars; nor could we express our political views in public. If staff as group had decided where the biggest cuts were made, it likely would have been in management. But, I've seldom seen that happen enough in any agency.
20 million state/federal employees? Are you including military personnel? They are federal employees too. All city and county employees need to be included in any count as well.
"The measure off intelligence is the ability to change." Albert Einstein
APDST & Grant - prove to us that you earn every dollar you put in your pocket. Show us definitive proof that you deliver 100% of what you make. Show us beyond any shadow of doubt that you are worth what is paid to you. Show us you are not a leech. Show us you are not a bum. Show us you are not merely a clever parasite who is scamming your employers and laughing all the way to the bank.
Thats pretty insulting is it not?
Nobody has the right to infer that you - or anyone - is doing such things. But that is exactly what you just did in this ridiculous challenge.
In the end, this will mean nothing. Folks who have these anti-worker attitudes on the far right simply believe what they believe because they want to believe it. Its hopeless to try and convince them otherwise.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers