Making sense on civil service

Knock me over with a feather: former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown (!) is actually stating a hard truth about the civil service (h/t: Mickey Kaus):

From our out-of-sync tax system to our out-of-control civil service, it’s time for politicians to begin an honest dialogue about what we’ve become.

Take the civil service.

The system was set up so politicians like me couldn’t come in and fire the people (relatives) hired by the guy they beat and replace them with their own friends and relatives.

Over the years, however, the civil service system has changed from one that protects jobs to one that runs the show.

The deal used to be that civil servants were paid less than private sector workers in exchange for an understanding that they had job security for life.

But we politicians, pushed by our friends in labor, gradually expanded pay and benefits to private-sector levels while keeping the job protections and layering on incredibly generous retirement packages that pay ex-workers almost as much as current workers.

Talking about this is politically unpopular and potentially even career suicide for most officeholders.

And congrats are due to Mickey Kaus on getting enough signatures for a primary challenge to Barbara “Braindead” Boxer. Personally, I’ll take a Mickey Kaus type Democrat over a RINO wuss any day of the week. Unfortunately, they’re a dying breed.

2 thoughts on “Making sense on civil service

  1. The phlisopher Sudo Kamikaze wrote

    The system grinds on
    malodorous, relentless
    producing manure.

    That sums it up really.

    The 5 paradigms of the public service devised the philosopher by Obstrucius, will enlighten you further.

    1. Don’t make a decision
    2. Cover your arse
    3. Show no initiative
    4. Speak with lots of jargon
    5. Make sure nobody knows your job description

    I can run training sessions on this!

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