December 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm #118928
People are getting more and more upset about these Federal employees who do absolutely nothing for us. Yet without dedicated people in the Federal government, we would not have national parks, national highways,
We need to CLEARLY show what the Federal Government does.
I’d like to put together a little clock/show with something like:
Here is why you should thank a Federal employee every hour of every day:
6:00 am. Your clock radio wakes you up. Thank the Federal Communications Commission for the radio band. Thank National Institute of Standards and Technology for that atomic clock. Thank Bonneville Power Administration for your power…
Can you guys suggest others? Who should we thank for Breakfast? The morning paper/internet news? The commute to work? Working environment?
December 31, 2010 at 2:11 am #118956
Commuting – roads to work, the traffic system, the public transportation
January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm #118954
Internet – for work and home use!
January 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm #118952
Vibrant neighborhoods are often described as the foundation of
well-run cities. Everybody loves it when they visit an area with
interesting stores and restaurants. And these areas are created
through the zeal of private entrepreneurs. But how could you trust the
wares in these stores or eat at one of the restaurants if you were
afraid of coming away sick? Government inspectors; they’re a key part
of the system.
January 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm #118950
Weather forecasts…weather service
January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm #118948
Good point! My son just graduated from a Culinary certificate program and the very first class he had to take and pass, before he could continue in the program, was the “Serve-Safe” class. The entire class was about the proper storage procedures for foods, temperatures, cleaning procedures in kitchens, cleaning equipment and utensils, etc. If they didn’t pass and get their “Serve-Safe” certificate, they couldn’t continue on in the program, thus they couldn’t work in a kitchen.
January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm #118946
Courthouses, border crossings, federal buildings in general, presidential transition, Pueblo.gov. (Plugging my own client.)
January 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm #118944
I might be a bit biased, but I think we should all thank the Food and Drug Administration every time we eat, take medicine, use a microwave oven, watch TV, talk on our cell phones, go for our flu (and all other) vaccinations, take our pets to the vet, put on makeup, sit in front of our computers for hours on end, donate or receive blood, drink a soda… The list goes on and on. You pretty much can’t go through a day without using something (usually several things) that the FDA regulates.
January 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm #118942
When I teach Intro to Public Administration, one of my first class sessions, I ask the students to list how government has affected their lives since they got up this am (or whenever). Speed limits, the tag on the hair dryer saying not to use in the shower, public university, tax on clothes, tuition, textbooks, nutritional info on breakfast cereal, me getting paid, the sign at the McDonald’s drive thru that tells you the coffee is hot…. everything has government involved in some little way!! I love this question!!
January 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm #118940
That’s great…sounds like a fun class
January 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm #118938
I have a draft of the document we want to send–would your class have some time early this week to look at it? See if there are other things to say?
January 11, 2011 at 8:48 am #118936
Sure, I’d love to take a look at it. Send it on!!
January 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm #118934
January 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm #118932
7:00 am – Food Safety & Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture for the services provided in ensuring that the food I eat is good/safe to eat!
January 13, 2011 at 12:04 am #118930
I am not teaching this semester. Sorry!!
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