Because the federal government's sequester is bouncing along swimmingly. From the Washington Times:
...since sequestration kicked in March 4, the government has posted openings for 4,300 federal job titles to hire some 10,300 people. The median position has a salary topping out at $76,000, and one-fourth of positions pay $113,000 or more, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of federal job listings.
Altogether, the jobs will pay up to $792 million per year. Including job postings that have been open since before sequestration, the government is in the market for 27,000 employees who will make up to $1.8 billion a year.
The jobs posted since sequestration include 10,195 positions at the Department of Agriculture, 2,800 positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs and 1,611 positions at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Which wasn't supposed to happen, was it? Weren't planes supposed to drop out of the sky? Weren't old people supposed to be left by the side of the road?
At the Transportation Security Administration, which said sequestration would result in widespread flight delays, 436 positions, almost all for security officers, have been posted since March 4.
Right. I remember when they said that. They promised all sorts of disasters. Seems like a contradiction, no? If you're broke, you shouldn't be hiring. Well, here's an email which describes how the Department of Agriculture is handling what folks in the political business call an "optics problem:"
“We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘[the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,” leaders said.
In other words: whatever you do, as you roll back your budgets to the levels they enjoyed a few years ago, make sure it hurts the customer.
Hurts the customer. That's you and me.
How is this any different from the arrogance and entitlement we've seen from the rest of the federal government these past weeks -- wiretaps, politically-motivated audits, etc.? It's not.
It's easy to focus all of this on Obama -- he is, after all, a perfect embodiment of the arrogant federal bureaucrat, utterly certain of his abilities, utterly ignorant of his incompetence -- but he's like a fat old union boss -- he's as much a product of the system as a manager of it.
Put it this way: in three years, Obama will be gone. But whoever wrote that Dept. of Agriculture memo, whoever conducted those IRS audits, whoever wrote the memo to authorize the AP/James Rosen wiretaps -- they'll still be there.
They're not going anywhere.