Sunday, January 28, 2018
Lawmakers in the state of Connecticut are screaming for help. Public unions are beginning to get all the benefits they have been promised over these many years. And this is only the beginning.
At one time, it was assumed that a job in the public sector would be a lower paying job than a similar job in the private sector. People knew that government jobs had much greater security of employment, insulation from economic downturns, and lighter workloads than similar positions in industry. Those who went to work for government, whether federal, state, or local, expected the security and womb-like atmosphere that they received.
A corner has been turned. Not only do workers enjoy those advantages while they are in the workforce, they have developed a feeling of entitlement that all these advantages will maintain into their retirement years. Government unions have promoted this idea as their raison d'être, and government workers, in return, learned to expect huge pensions and early retirement.
It has been a socialist/Unionist dream. Someone hath slain that goose, and the golden eggs are no more. Municipal governments are looking for ways to make good on their exorbitant promises. What should happen, instead of all the largess that had been guaranteed by public unions in perpetuity, promises need to be pared back to something realistic.
The federal payroll, for instance has become a garden of benefits and high salaries. This has been true for a long time, but 21st-century union agreements have gotten out of hand. The swamp is a very good place to get paid well (I first wrote earn a living, but that would have been a contradiction).
Even trusted institutions, the FBI, the DOJ, and others, are being used by nefarious individuals to further their own agendas (agendae?). The whole subject of Russian involvement in the Trump administration has morphed into allegations of wrongdoing at the top of the FBI and Justice Department management.
It is as I expected. Corruption in the Democrat party has run so deep for so long (since the 1950s) that it became a way of life for those involved. They forgot that they were violating the law and that they were responsible for the things they did. They lost all vestiges of decency and proprietary conduct decades ago. The corruption became a matter of fact way of doing business – like in a banana republic.
No surprise there; anytime a government becomes lax and allows the abuse of power to become a matter of habit, the result is what we are seeing now. This scandal is so deep and so pervasive that it eclipses anything that had to do with Watergate.
Democrats have become entrenched in their government positions; the bureaucracy has become the fourth branch of government; Democrats rule there.
We now have the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Administrative branches of the United States government. It has been this way for a very long time.
And the Administrative branch commands high salaries and great benefits with a lucrative retirement package earned after a very short time (20 years, usually – I'm in my 54th year of employment eligibility). There are many who 'double dip' in a permissive employment environment, holding two and sometimes three government jobs from which they derive pensions.
But the most important thing, is the pervasive nature of Democrats in the power structure. Supposedly, they do not exercise the Democrat bias that they overwhelmingly own by force of numbers.
Democrat bias is in high evidence, even in their workplace. They are not so overt in the displays of party paraphernalia in those areas where the public may wander, but a tour through an office space will reveal the party-oriented materials. Republicans are not encouraged to seek employment in most governments.
This is the swamp that needs to be drained: Administration. Size of Administration, the malice of Administration toward the business of our country, the ubiquity of Administration in our efforts to get our jobs done are all parts of the levy that keeps the swamp from being drained.
The Congress – the Democrats – are holding back the efforts to dig the trenches which will allow the swamp to drain.
Okay, I've stretched that metaphor further than it needed to be, but the point is made. The people at the DMV, the people that issue building permits, the people that work at the VA hospital are all part of the swamp. Whether municipal, state, or federal, they are probably Democrats and are probably in need of being removed.
When we visit a place where the swamp exists, like the DMV, all we see are busy public servants struggling to serve the public; we never see the majority of the people who inhabit the dank workrooms where the slackers and hangers-on spend their wasted lives.
That's one of the big problems with the government workers. The public never sees the many thousands who perform just enough to draw their paycheck. The ones who work hard inadvertently shield the slackers from view. But the slackers are there in abundance.
Are they all Democrats? Probably not, there are probably some Republicans in with the easy money, too.