Monday, September 27, 2010

Let's Hear it for the Government!

I had a meeting in Sacramento today with a bunch of state employees. It was an eye-opening experience.

No it wasn't.

It was re-affirming.


All of my perceptions about government employees was wholeheartedly supported. [Oh, no, I don't mean you, dear blog reader. You, as a government employee, are so clearly the exception. Really. Cross my fingers heart.]

I had never met any of the people on this legislative advisory committee. I hadn't even met my university client in person.

And I ran the meeting. Because otherwise I'd still be sitting in that room with a bunch of slackers who I'd like to believe were using the opportunity of the meeting to get out of actually having to do any real work in their offices (and to enjoy the finely catered lunch). I'd like to believe that was the reason, but I suspect they don't do any real work in their offices either.

For example, discussion centered at one point on the need to draft a letter for a legislator to enter into the official journal. This team of people? Wanted 30 days to draft the letter for him. I laughed, sure that they were kidding.

They were not.

In the time it has taken me to write this blog post -- 8.2 minutes -- I could have written and sent that three-paragraph draft letter to the legislator for his review. They want to spend 10 days per paragraph.

Oh. My. God. You wonder why we've no money for education? Those fu$%ers are sucking us dry. For nothing.


Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Oh, I believe it. Wholeheartedly. When I was a temp data entry automaton at the WV Dept of Natural Resources, I was paid for an eight hour day. But I only worked 6.5 hours. Because we all received paid lunch (1 hour) and two breaks (15 minutes each). I mean, WTH? My first "real" job (read: private sector) there were no breaks and you shoveled in whatever lunch you could at your desk. People with public sector government jobs have no idea.

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