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Are you an optimist, pessimist or realist?
Friday - 4/25/2014, 2:00am EDT
Here's a way to see if you are an optimist, someone for whom the glass is always half full and life is good or a pessimist, who knows that every silver cloud has a dark lining.
How do you see these two items:
- Front-page/prime time news reports that 1,100 Internal
Revenue Service employees got $1 million in cash
awards even though the IG says they had "tax compliance problems". The
workers were also given 10,000 hours in free time-off, presumably for good
behavior. Interestingly, the story broke right around the April 15 file-or-else
deadline. Outrageous or ho-hum?
- A new report from the Office of Personnel Management says that the pay gap in government between men and women has narrowed significantly over the past two decades. In 1992, federal women on average earned 70 cents for every dollar paid to male employees. Now, according to OPM, women on average are paid 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. Progress or an outrage?
You Could Say: The people who see that we pay our taxes on time, or else, should be extra careful in doing their own. Of course the tax code is complicated. A recent Secretary of the Treasury, now back on Wall Street, messed up when he did his own taxes. But the IRS, we were told, is held to a higher standard. Awards and paid time off for tax deadbeats?
When talking about the male-female pay gap, opinions are all over the place. Some say it is an outrage and blame the administration for failing to keep its pledge to make government service "cool again." For both sexes. Two recent columns on the subject prompted lots of comments. The majority were that progress is being made, but men and women are different! Or that there will never been true pay equity unless and until the government (and society) finds ways to mentor, train and keep women in the loop while they are at home raising a family. It would also help to have some men (as in fathers) around the house.
So what's the deal? What's your take on either, or both?
Our Your Turn radio program recently featured two perspectives on the pay gap issue. One from Janet Kopenhaver, with Federally Employed Women, and Pat Neihaus, president of the Federal Managers Association.
Two very interesting, different takes on the problem. Listen when you can. Let us know what you think!
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
Compiled by Jack Moore
Alexander Graham Bell may have invented the telephone, but he didn't come up with the greeting most people use today to answer the ringing device. Bell's preferred way to answer the phone was "ahoy-hoy." However, Thomas Edison, an early adopter of the device, always answered with "hello."
(Source: Today I Found Out)
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