October 14, 2001
The King Midas touch in reverse.
"How many union workers does it take
to change a light bulb? Thirty-seven. You gotta problem wit dat,
After tragic events on September 11th, Congress is huffing over
airport security with typical myopic pomp. ... trying to sneak something
dangerous under our own domestic radar screen. More frightening than
potentially more deadly than Anthrax, Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle is
calling for a "federalization" of the security staffers who run our Swiss-cheese
That's right, folks. Remember the gang that
brought you welfare, midnight basketball and the $687 hammer? Now, they want to
be America's baggage inspectors. Feel safer?
Let's consider the typical
government employee. You've probably met one. Maybe it was half-blind Marge at
the Department of Motor Vehicles, who went to lunch just before your turn to
take the driver's test. Or that local zoning officer who fined you $50 for your
azalea bush growing 5 inches over the sidewalk, but took 14 weeks to issue a
building permit for your deck. It might have been that tax form you requested
eight months ago to satisfy the request the IRS made ten months ago that they
wasn't needed five months ago, even though you keep getting a
monthly letter demanding you send in that form. Or the phone call you made to
some long forgotten department that kept ringing and ringing and
Sure, Senator Daschle. Half-blind Marge just transferred in from
the DMV. Let's have her work the X-ray machine.
Just the thought of a
federalized safety employee should scare anyone into driving the family sedan.
Government bureaucracies create amazing incompetence, wasting gargantuan slabs
of money while hardly able to keep track of themselves.
The Department of Defense spent an impressive
200 billion bucks on obsolete four-year-old computers, which were used to buy 30
unnecessary spare parts. The DOD even lost a few billion dollars
worth of airplanes. You know, those big things with wings? You may have seen
them plowing into the World Trade Center a few weeks back. They aren't really
sure how many planes vanished, or where they are. But with 161 separate
accounting systems at DOD. How could anyone know?
The Pentagon is but a microcosm of the entire
bloated federal bureaucracy, which safely stands guilty of creating more mess
mayhem than it ever fixes.
So why is Daschle all excited about
"federalizing" baggage inspectors?
Simple: Unions. Today, there are 2 million
federal employees, at a combined annual salary of $170,000,000,000. Most are
unionized. That's a lot of union dues. ....
So why is that frightening?
Because most unions have mutated from collectively representing the working man
into a collective refuge for lazy, leeching dolts, driving the union workplace
into bovine mediocrity. Painters unions often outlaw rollers. Teachers unions
fight to maintain
frightening incompetence in our schools. Philadelphia's
convention center is so rooted in union turf battles, hours of heated debates
result over make-work rules, often providing entertaining fistfights while jobs
are sorted out. And union corruption is legendary.
At least the private
sector forces unions and management into a healthy dead wood elimination battle.
That doesn't exist anywhere in the federal bureaucracy. Hooray! We get the worst
of both worlds. Government
employees are virtually impossible to fire, fully
protected from anything short of a direct atomic blast. Once aboard the
government gravy train, you have a job as long as your breath faintly fogs a
Comforting to think of a unionized government employee in charge
of weeding terrorists from tourists, eh?
Certainly, government workers
know who butters their bread. .... No
wonder Tom Daschle is almost
slobbering at the thought of thousands of new union members.
I gotta hand
it to Daschle. In the middle of a national crisis, he's sharp enough to exploit
a political crack. ... That's how we got into our current war in the first
place. We must seriously question the wisdom of staffing our nation's security
apparatus with typical government employees [who] ... defend their right of
mediocrity in exchange for money, bribes and election votes.
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