Small Talk About Big Issues

Touching Base with Common Sense

Are Our Elected Officials Good Employees?

Look closely at the computer screens!

Have you ever noticed the longer some people stay on the job, the less work they actually do?  Lunch breaks get a little longer.  Mid-shift breaks are more frequent.  The workday starts a little later than normal and ends a little sooner.  The attitude of their job being a welcomed opportunity of employment becomes an attitude of entitlement in which their employer owes them more and more.  As this company-owes-me-more attitude increases, the productivity of the employee decreases. 

My father-in-law gave me some simple but sage advice a long time ago.  He said, “Always work as hard on the last day of your job as you did the first”.  The lesson is clear.  On the first day of a new job, you are concerned with making a good impression.  You want to do things right.  You want your boss to think well of you.  However, by the time many people get to their last day on the job, they have lost that initial motivation.  Influenced by those around them, they become complacent and willing to accept doing only as much as they have to do in order to get by.  This kind of attitude has plagued the workforce for generations, and continues to do so. 

It is infuriating to me to see people treat their employer this way…particularly when I am the employer cheated out of an honest day’s work and wage.  No.  I do not own a business and never have.  As an American, however, I have employees that work for me.  I call my employees “politicians” and “elected officials” and “government workers”. 

Let me be quick to say that I know many of my employees work very hard.  Many of them, through great personal sacrifice, provide me with blessings and opportunities beyond my ability to measure.  These good employees make me glad to be an American. 

Yet, as demonstrated in the picture above, there are those employees who are blatantly robbing from the company.  We elected them to do a job…a job they spent a lot of money campaigning to secure.  After all their promises of hope, after all their reassurances of personal integrity, after all their tales of great vision, why do they sit playing card games or reading sports pages or checking out Newspaper websites on their computers?  Are we paying them to have this luxury?  Did our tax dollars buy those laptops for that purpose?  Are our tax dollars really supporting their budget to live in two places so they can sit with their cronies and play on a computer? 

Frankly, this picture downright makes me angry.  There is no excuse, no plausible deniability, and no context to misrepresent.  These individuals are pirates of the people, openly and shamefully robbing the American taxpayer of his or her money.  Is it possible for those playing games on their computers to represent “we the people” adequately and responsibly?  These same people vote for a health care plan they have not read.  These people are the same ones who vote for higher taxes and bigger government spending…and why not…big government gives them the ability to play away their days like little children. 

I said I was angry.  Please forgive me because I mis-spoke (sound familiar), I am not angry.  I am mad!  I work long, hard days for what little money I have.  Now, thanks to these solitaire-playing-sports-reading-newspaper-perusing-junket-taking politicians, I am facing increased cost for health care, higher taxes, and less freedom. 

Am I going to vote on November 2nd?  You bet I am!  I am going to vote these lazy employees right out of the company.  Oh, and while I am in such a good mood, let me remind the men and women I am voting for of something Bill Cosby once told Theo on The Cosby Show, making appropriate alterations: “I brought you into this political world, and I can take you out of politics altogether.” 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” (emphasis mine, JLM).    The Declaration of Independence            July 4, 1776

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October 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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