I used to tell people that one of the core beliefs of hardcore conservatives is that every pay check paid out to government employees (fed, state, county, and city) is one pay check too many.
This holds true even more today than when I starting pointing it out back in 2002 or so. At that time Donald Rumsfeld tried in vain to do away with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was only stopped when Congress intervened. He was also the brainchild and force behind NSPS.
So if an ideology doesn’t support having government employees, how do those people w/ that ideology get rid of government employees?
Well, I believe we’re experiencing it. Those people simply don’t believe anything … I mean anything, is inherently governmental. Corporate America has embraced this with fairy tale dreams of doing everything government does; cornering the market, and charging each person for services that were once paid for by our tax investments in ourselves and our country.
Take away the oxygen and regardless of the struggle the animal will die. This is what’s going on in our government to the loud applause of most of the country who is not a government employee.
The American public has a very good image our U.S. military troops, while our civil service employees barely rank above the image the public has of terrorists. Why?
Most importantly, why is there no campaign or effort to change the public’s image of civil servants?
U.S. military recruiting has tons of $$$ budgeted to their mission. The Blue Angels alone (part of Navy recruiting) must be a huge expense. Recruiting advertisements help put an image in the public’s minds. There’s no such effort to inform and educate the public about our Nation’s civil servants.
OPM did mention undertaking such a campaign last year, but I for one haven’t seen the fruits of that labor. No posters, no website, no Facebook, no smartphone app … nothing.
Even a minimal effort undertaken by the OPM Public Affairs office should produce something right?
Instead, we’ll drift into Public Service Recognition Week once again and it will pretty much come and go with little or no fan fare to bring broad public attention to the hard work and accomplishments our taxpayers’ investment produces.
Thus … the public’s image of our civil servants will remain low and conservative ideology will most likely prevail in the new fiscal reality we’ve manufactured for ourselves and we’ll be lucky if government employees get any kind of raise at all. That stated, I’m immensely happy to be employed and working hard for our country.
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