The New York Times chronicled the saga of those who woke up on January 20 and realized, hey, we gotta protect our phony baloney jobs, gentlemen!
But it is not losing their jobs the bureaucracy fears because no matter how poorly they perform, the paycheck is there until they retire.
No, what they fear is the loss of power -- that ability of the cat to torture the mouse -- the power of Walter Peck to shut down the Ghostbusters. ("Hold it! I want this man arrested! Captain, these men are in criminal violation of the Environmental Protection Act!")
That is of course how we see it from outside the government. Inside the government, they see themselves as protecting us from ourselves. They are our betters because they passed a Civil Service test. Seriously. A woman once made that argument to me. By the way, I passed one, and quit after four months because the job was too damned easy.
Now that is changing. Gabrielle Martin, a trial lawyer with 30 years in the Denver office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, told the New York Times:
“It’s almost a sense of dread, as in, what will happen to us. It’s like the movie music when the shark is coming. People are just wary — is the shark going to come up out of the water?”The sense of entitlement is strong with this one.
Nicole Cantello, an EPA lawyer and government union leader in Chicago, told the newspaper:
“I have been through several transitions, but I have never had or seen this level of alarm. Unless there’s an abject abandoning of EPA’s role in the world, we’ll do what we’re told to do.”Ah, yes. There you are. An agency that tried to bully a chicken farmer in West Virginia for having rainwater spill off her land turns out to be peopled by cowards who just want that paycheck.
However, Politico reported there are saboteurs:
Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.
Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.Working against the government from within should be a fireable offense that costs you your pension. The ones at the Foreign Service who do this would, a century or two ago, be subject to firing squads.
The people of the United States elected Donald Trump president. If he is not your president, leave.
And if you cannot support him as a government employee, quit or retire.
Otherwise, shut up, do what you are told, and quitcherbitchin.
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