So Standard and Poors (S&P) downgraded the US credit rating. I can't help but side-eye the folks, including the President, who are griping about this new development. I wish my personal "economy" could maintain a 800 credit score while in an obvious shambles.
I remain unimpressed with the President's response, although he gets points for staying true to his "tax and spend... and spend" philosophy of the government's bloated role in our lives:
"Last week, we reached an agreement that will make historic cuts to defense and domestic spending. But there’s not much further we can cut in either of those categories."
If you ever worked for the government, set foot in a government agency, or simply lived in this country for 10 minutes, you know FOR SURE the government has a lot of fat to trim off the loin. Failed programs. Paper pushers. Employment/contract "hookups." The basic iniability to fire non-performing employees. Don't tell me this shyt ain't rampant and in need of some serious soul searching. "Can't cut" is code word for all the reasons folk "won't cut."
This fella seems to agree with me, and highlights the exact kind of foolery I'm talking about.
New government job. Associate Administrator for Administration. (Is that like Associate Manager for Management? Associate Eater for Eating? WTH?? But I digress...) A glorified paper-pusher who will make bewtween $119K and $179K per year. I swear that position sounds like smoke and mirrors to employ somebody's couch potato neice/brother/sister/cousin/great aunt twice removed. Here's how the job offer starts:
"Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation's economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion." Journey to challenge your mind? Seriously???
Take a look at the Executive Core Qualifications this glorified assistant must possess:
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals, as well as the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Am I the only one who envisions a change fairy flitting around the office sprinkling happy dust on employees who don't give a rat's azz? But I digress...
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Schmooze much? This is the invitation to travel around the world on the government dime. Lavish hotels. World class dining. At least it would be for a cause, unlike these folks who traveled the world on tax dollars to stare at billboards. I want THAT job.
I'll never knock somebody's hustle to get work. I won't even knock the friends/relatives/assocates who provide these hookups on a regular basis. I just don't want to pay for it.
I can admit I may be like one of those freshly saved church folks - so proud of their new-found love for Jesus that they turn into Bible-thumping idiots who you cross the street to avoid. But I'll also admit I believe wholeheartedly in the foundation of fiscal conservatism which holds dear that the government should have limited tentacles reached into our homes and our pocketbooks.
Now if I could only get over the socially conservative tendency to judge folk, thump Bibles, and... Nah. That's never gonna happen.