As a civil servant, I am conscious of the “servant” part. I cringe when people talk about goof-off, make-work, what-the-hell-are-we-paying-THEM-for government workers. They are there, I’m not arguing about that. I am fortunate to have a job that (in my opinion) does provide some benefit to America. I can point to satellites that last longer, cost savings through some of the tests that I have done, things that worked properly because I made damn sure my part of it was made or processed correctly, data for a go/no-go launch decision, etc.
I think my bosses prepared pretty well for the sequestration. There were a lot of cuts in the last year, small programs that were easy to cancel, cutting back on janitorial services, getting rid of the nice-to-haves. Because of that, I’m not worried about being furloughed. Maybe there’s more cuts in the future, and I’ll deal with it when the time comes. I could point out some things I’d like to see cut that would surely save some $$$$, but they probably won’t ask me. In the meantime, I’ll worry about Mr. RFH and my Army friends getting furloughed and try to help out where I can.
While President Barack Obama has spent weeks warning of the dark consequences of across-the-board budget cuts, there’s one area of government where his staff has failed to calculate their impact: the White House itself.
Obama administration spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that “detailed decisions” have yet to be made about how the administration would meet a projected $24 million reduction to the executive office budget, which may include furloughs of presidential aides and other employees.
A leader leads by example. Here, Obama makes ONE cut on the most visible part of the White House to the public and sends volunteers home. That’s it?!? Make it hurt, then walk away? He’s supposed to be a public servant, but it seems like the cuts are for everyone else, especially the least paid. He’ll still get his golf games, his beach vacations, his Wagyu beef, while soldiers in Afghanistan get MREs instead of a hot breakfast and the garbage can in my office is strictly for show. I’m not asking him to go in sackcloth and ashes, but fer cryin’ out loud, make SOME kind of personal effort, man!
Furthermore, the cuts that took place at my work were mostly invisible to the public. Obama has been threatening cuts to police, firemen, and teachers, whatever will be the most visible and have the most effect. When the payroll tax holiday expired in January of this year, everyone working took a 2% paycut. You and I adjusted to that, made our cuts in our household budgets, tried to make things stretch a little further. You can’t tell me there’s not plenty of fat to cut in the federal budget. Again, I could point out some things that I’d like to see cut, but they aren’t asking me.