If it weren't for that fiscal cliff thing, I would be glad that Blowie was out of Washington and not screwing things up. As it is, I don't hold out much hope for meaningful negotiation as both sides seem content to stick it to the taxpayers, rather than curb their own spending.
For any of you out there in cyberspace that think the government is a good manager of our country's affairs, I submit this stunning example of how a typical governmental agency office operates:
A federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his Baltimore office.Yes, you read that correctly. Some Social Security Disability office drones take time out of their busy, taxpayer funded, schedules, to record the time and date of their co-worker's farts. There has been an investigation. There have been two or more prior meetings with the employee about his workplace farting. Now there is a 5 page formal reprimand.
The reprimand letter does not reveal how the worker’s flatulence was memorialized, nor whether that unfortunate task fell to labor or management.
The letter’s author wrote that the employee’s conduct had been “discourteous, disrespectful, and entirely inappropriate,” and was worthy of a formal sanction, which is placed in a worker’s personnel files for up to one year. The reprimand, the manager noted, “is the least severe penalty available to impress upon you the seriousness of your actions and is necessary to deter future misconduct.”Hit that link and read the letter. Try not to laugh or cry. This is your government at work, folks.