Everything that Is Wrong with our Government Summed Up in One Headline (Guest Post)

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As any blogger can tell you, maintaining a blog can be tough work. Publishing consistently, finding ideas, not to mention the time to write and edit, promoting your posts, all the while hoping someone smarter than you doesn’t publish a post on a topic before you can get yours out are some of the craft’s headaches. And on some days it can be very easy – today is one of those days.

Ace’s 2/13 link dump points to this gem of a headline from The Washington Examiner: GOP Introduces Bill To Stop Feds From Watching Porn At Work. Between that headline and the title of this post some of you probably already know exactly where this is going.  And the first article contained an embedded source link that led to even more interesting pages that also contained embedded links leading to even more interesting material. Like I said, it’s those rare days that this is easy that we bloggers always appreciate. Sarah Westwood from the Examiner reports:

Rep. Mark Meadows introduced legislation Wednesday that would prevent federal employees from viewing pornography on the taxpayer’s dime.

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act aptly shares its initials with the government agency that drew attention to the problem of staff watching pornographic videos at work, the Environmental Protection Agency. An inspector general report released last year revealed an EPA official was caught with thousands of downloaded pornographic files on his government computer and had watched up to six hours of porn a day while on the job. The employee wasn’t fired.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites,” Meadows said. He is chairman of the operations subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The Examiner piece contains a link to the press release posted on Meadows’ web site,which contained two links referencing the abuse the bill is designed to protect taxpayers from enabling. First over at the EPA:

Back in May, in the “old days” when we used to think that you’d get fired if your two-to-six-hours-per-day at-work pornography consumption schedule was discussed in front of Congress, an Environmental Protection Agency official testified that he needed to wait for an official report before firing an employee who was observed in person watching pornography on a work computer and subsequently admitted to watching between two and six hours of pornography at work every day.

That would be the less offensive of the two web pages cited. The second story opens with:

For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.

Sadly, this isn’t even the most disgusting part of this particular article:

In a more recent and far more costly example, U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board paralegals received salaries and bonuses for years even though they spent much of their time watching television, shopping online, exercising and wasting time on their tablet computers, according to an investigation released this week by the Commerce Department’s inspector general. Investigators estimate that more than $4 million was spent paying employees for time they weren’t working.

The paralegals, who can’t create their own work, later told investigators that the reason was simple: Supervisors weren’t giving them any assignments. Some supervisors were reluctant to give paralegals special projects out of fear that the assignments could antagonize the labor union.

Going back to why this post was easy to write, all that you need to look at is the original headline that inspired it. While given the current circumstances a law such as the one that Meadows is proposing is a step in the right direction. Personally, I would rather live in a world where there is a level of sanity that allows the managers of government employees to fire them for abusing tax payers by browsing porn. Or even better, if they have so little work to do, maybe we don’t need them employed at all? Keep this post in mind any leftist you know starts crying about how grossly underfunded their favorite agency is. If only the 2016 presidential candidate field included someone who isn’t afraid to stand up against the abuses of public sector unions…

Two last points in this post:

1) How come whenever we see public sector scandals not involving the military or directly tied to some Republican the only outrage is from conservatives? Leftists are the ones who get angry at the rest of us for not sharing their blind faith in having the government oversee our lives – shouldn’t they be the angriest when the government proves us right?

2) Back in 2012 I brought up the question of public sector unions that was best summed up in a tweet from @iowahawkblog that I can’t find anymore that said something to the effect of: “When you see the public sector unions, remember who they are united against”.

Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog

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Blogging by the credo of "Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time", Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob's Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area - deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR's New Deal. Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. "There's no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written". He believes in the "Happy Warrior" approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend. Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics. BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.

12 Responses to “Everything that Is Wrong with our Government Summed Up in One Headline (Guest Post)”

  1. 1

    Bill

    Hopefully, after this we can have the “Recommending Against One Federal Employee Killing Another Federal Employee While On The Federal Clock Act”.

  2. 3

    john

    maybe we would have better public service workers if more conservatives chose to work for the government ?
    maybe we would have better teachers if more conservatives chose to become teachers?
    bell the cat

  3. 4

    Bill

    @john: I hate to admit it, john, but that’s a damned good idea. It’s a shame liberals are such unreliable scumbags that they cannot be trusted in the workplace, much less with taxpayer funds, but, yeah, replacing them (or at least diluting them) with conservatives would probably be a great help.

    Problem is, conservatives usually like to be productive and, as we have seen, working in an un-supervised government job with extremely low expectations doesn’t quite satisfy. Perhaps filling some of the higher up federal positions… say, President, someone that actually has leadership skills and goals, would be a step in the right direction.

    As to schools, liberalism is thoroughly saturated among the staff and teachers and, since liberals do not tolerate any ideas but their own and since liberals cannot separate work from promoting the ideology (especially when such a failed ideology needs so much promotion), conservatives have been all but totally driven out. However, more teachers with a dedication to teach than to indoctrinate would certainly improve the levels of education in the US for certain.

    Great job thinking outside the fully enclosed, darkened and impenetrable liberal box, john.

  4. 6

    Brother Bob

    author

    @John: Props for a constructive idea. The problem with the public sector is the unions. Until the bad apples can be fired as easily as they could in non-unionized shops it doesn’t matter how many conservatives work for them. The Democrat backed union thugs will always outgun any good intentioned manager.

    @Steven B Magnum – Excellent counterpoint!

  5. 7

    Redteam

    @STEVEN B MANGUM:

    I’m torn: pay a federal worker to watch porn, or pay him to hinder business and stifle employment.

    The country would be much better served if all the libs on the federal payroll were required to spend all their paid time watching porn.

  6. 8

    Me

    Quite frankly, having the EPA watching porn all day seems a better use of their time for the average person than having them declare our personal property protected wetlands because rain occasionally falls there!

  7. 10

    PhilJ

    My first professional job was working for State Gov’t. Seriously, I got reprimanded for working TOO HARD!!! My supervisor sat me down and told me there was a quota. I was to work the quota and not one bit more. I generally finished my quota within 2 to 3 hours. At that point, I decided to go back to school to finish my degree and did most of my study work after I finished my quota. I’m now a licensed professional with a degree in engineering. I left that job after 2 years for the private sector once I graduated and never looked back.

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