Tag: government employees

Servants Who Think They Are Masters


We on Ricochet complain a lot about how employees of the federal government act like the masters, and think citizens are their servants. According to our Constitution, the truth is the opposite.

But particularly galling is the audacity of the more than 400 government employees from many different departments signing a letter demanding that the President (elected by the citizens of the United States) adopt policies to the liking of those employees. The letter demands the President change policy to support a “cease-fire” in the Hamas-Israel war. (NBC report. National Review via MSN report.) Following up on the post of @susanquinn .

Surprise from Social Security


My husband and I had a cordial, even friendly, conversation with a young representative from Social Security this afternoon. We didn’t know exactly what to expect, but there was a method to our madness. We had heard that I might be entitled to payment equivalent to approximately half my husband’s social security monthly payment versus what I was receiving based on my work history, without reducing the amount he was already receiving.

Now we were skeptical, as you might imagine. But we had acquaintances who insisted it was true. It made sense for us to check on this, and we tried to get an appointment at the social security office, but were told we didn’t need one. So we were walk-ins. It took an hour for us to be called in, and the clerk, who was very friendly, explained that she could set up an appointment for us to speak by telephone to a staff person to discuss our question. The time was set up a month in advance, followed by a letter and email, explaining that we would be called at the telephone number we had given them. Okay, so it wasn’t efficient, but we figured we were on a journey . . .

At the time we were expecting the phone call, a young man called five minutes early! But we were ready, each of us on an extension phone. He verified the purpose of the call and had to verify my identity through several steps. There were no surprises, although it had been a long time since I’d been asked my mother’s maiden name, so I hesitated. (I suspect the fellow is accustomed to those gaps since he’s often talking to old people.) He proceeded to look at our computer file, rattled off a number of figures (past payments, current payments), and then asked me the key question:

Daniel DiSalvo joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss the impact of last year’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. ASFCME, in which the Court ruled that public-sector unions’ mandatory “agency fees” were unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

Unions provide an important source of financial support for politicians—primarily Democrats—around the country. In a new report for the Manhattan Institute, DiSalvo finds that blue states are taking steps to shield their public unions from the full consequences of the Janus ruling.

Member Post


In my USA Today column for Labor Day weekend, I recommend that public-sector unions drop the political activism and focus on providing their members with great service at a great price. You know, like every other organization in a competitive marketplace has to do.  Public-sector union bosses haven’t seemed to notice that by ending agency […]

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Dispatches from a Life-Long Government Employee and Conservative


One of the common themes on the right is that the government cannot do anything right, that government programs are wasteful and that they always provide poor services. There are many examples to point at, such as the VA, Public Schools, and the like. The general attitude is that government workers are lazy, have poor attitudes, and are generally no good.

I would like offer a counter to the conservative write off of all government workers and programs. This is not to say there are not many things that need to be trimmed. It is to say that blanket statements might not be accurate. Let me start with what my organization does.

The Jobs Con Job


It was September 2012. Unemployment had been over 8% since Obama had taken office. “I don’t know much,” my neighbor said to me, “But I know this: The unemployment rate next month will be 7.9%.”

In the event, the reported rate was a much-heralded 7.8%, undermining Romney’s message that the country needed a better steward of the economy, and giving Obama a boost going into the November election. Outside of the MSM echo-chamber, however, skeptics noted anomalies in the data. The anomalies suggested inaccuracy at best, malfeasance at worst. Even Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” The skeptics were vindicated a year later when John Crudele of the New York Post uncovered that the Census Bureau had, in fact, faked the data.

Federal Workers Resent Surge in Hiring Vets


You might have noticed that I’m not Obama’s biggest fan. But grudgingly I must admit that there are one or two things he has gotten right.

Five years ago, the administration decided to help veterans find work after returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vets have received preferential hiring for government jobs going back to WWII, but Obama further sweetened the formula in their favor. Last year, nearly half of all full-time hires were ex-military; now vets make up a full third of the federal workforce.