Some thoughts

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.

So when I followed the link from Ace of Spades to a story at Hotair, I should have taken a blood pressure pill first.

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.

5 thoughts on “Some thoughts”

  1. Unlike you, I am looking at furloughs. I’ve already done some unpleasant things in service to this country, if I have to take a 10% annualized pay cut, so be it. I get to sleep in my own bed every night and the work deferred will be accomplished eventually, probably at overtime rates.

    I’m starting to wonder if Boehner has managed to pull off a political Cannae, where Obama’s early “victories” in the tax deal (I still think we got the longer end of the stick on that one) and the debt ceiling extension (I’m less convinced on that one) led him to over-extend his position, letting the House undercut him on the leadership front. I hope Boehner has issued a personal invitation to that class from Waverly to tour the Capitol.

    1. Jeff, I am sorry that you are looking at a furlough. I just hope our “friends” in the Senate (McCain, Graham, I’m looking at you) don’t undercut the House.

      1. Thanks for your concern, but there are some benefits. If they go with the union’s suggestion I’ll have 4-day weekends every other week until the end of the fiscal year.

        I don’t think there is too much the Senate can do to undercut the House. Boehner has managed quite the coup by keeping Capitol tours open while White House tours are victims of budget cuts.

        If the GOP has a list of useless things the executive branch keeps while cutting “cops and firefighters” and can stay on message that this all ends as soon as Obama stops insisting on more tax hikes and starts negotiating in good faith we can win this fight.

    2. Turning and turning in the widening gyre
      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.

      The Second Coming 1st verse by William Butler Yates

      emphasis mine.

  2. My friend, this is what community organizers do…bully.

    Take comfort in knowing that this is ALL dear leader knows and it’s all he’ll ever know. He’ll never be a gifted anything; he’ll never be remembered fondly as a President; he’ll never EVER – be anything but an agitator: a loser, a whiner, a petulant child throwing tantrums on the toy store floor.

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