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  • Well, it's an easy question Mike, but the answer is hard
    Just me
    Have federal leaders forgotten why they joined the ranks? Why do they do bad things with taxpayer money? Good questions, Mike, and when you get a good answer please let me know. I don't mean to be cynical, here, but these are questions we can debate and never find a good answer. We could talk about hygiene theory, Mazlow's heirarchy, expectation and reward theory...and never arrive at a definitive answer. In so far as the question of service, well...I was raised to believe in Obligation theory. The country has given me much, so I have an obligation to give something back. This meant joining the military, when I was 18, and later going to work in the government. I would stipulate, however, that it is increasingly hard to hold to that point of view...particularly in the face of a Congress that seems to exist SOLELY to launch broadbrush attacks against feds AND a public that seems to want to convert public service into public servitude. Finally, Mike, the government has huge problems, but they're caused by a very small percentage of the population of the federal service. It's easy (and false) to claim that the government NEVER gets anything right. We don't hear about the things the government does well, though, because (a) it undermines the meme that government is the problem and (b)just not as "sexy" as a good scandal. The media just doesn't seem to be interested when we get it right.
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  • Have federal leaders forgotten why they joined the ranks?
    becca
    Oh so true. The Government management and subordinate personnel have changed drastically. Federal service used to be an honorable profession, workers were respected and respectable. Leadership was held to a standard that made the rank and file proud and anxious for their association with said leaders. I see a change of attitude, one of rights and not privilege; it used to be a privilege to become a government employee/leader but today the attitude is that it is "owed to me, just because I am me". I come from a long line of Federal servants and although none of us were high ranking officials, we all were proud of serving our country and community in our various roles. How do we get back on track....I cannot answer that; I think that question would even challenge the best and brightest. Respect has become a lost concept. This is such a shame because we have so much talent within the Federal ranks but the attitude has prevented effective utilization of this talent due to the dictatorial "leadership".
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  • Excellent Column
    FederalEmployee
    Ms. Rupert, I agree 100% with your column. We are a nation of greed, of me first, of if it feels good, do it, and if everyone is doing it, it is OK. Good old fashioned morals, social niceties, common courtesy and respect, personal integrity, honesty and manners have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside. There are many, many factors that have led to today's sad state of affairs. The leaders of our country have let us down with one scandal after another, and with their inability to play nice in the sand box and to do what is best for our nation, not what is best for their political aspirations. Many of the executives that lead the agency for which I work do not put what is best for America ahead of their own personal aspirations. I used to think that I could make a difference in this agency, and when I realized that I could not, it greatly affected me. However, I have vowed to myself to continue to work hard and to give my personal best in all that I do.
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  • Agree Wholehearteldy....
    mylabs
    I'm a 25+ year fed who started as a GS-03 and earned every bit of my GS-13. I've seen GS interns or those right out of college be catapulted through the ranks and not deserve a bit of it! And they are OK with it and believe they actually deserve the "gifts"! Sad state of affairs? I'll say so. Good old fashioned morals, social niceties, common courtesy and respect, personal integrity, honesty and manners have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside? You bet. I see it every day. It seems that folks have forgotten who pays their salaries and who they are actually working FOR! My agency talks of "Team" everything. There's no "team" for those who are in it for Me-Me-Me but they do talk a good story. The entire "leadership team" (I use that term loosely) speaks out of both sides of their mouth. It frustrates me every day. I'm saddened for those that will follow in the federal service - or in this country - in 20 years. All I can do now is not compromise my principles and try to inject some integrity, honor, unselfishness, ethics, etc., into the madness.
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  • To Fed Emplopyee
    Moderate
    You made a great point about the leaders. It used to be that that Republicans were broad based leaning a little conservative. The Democrats were also broad based leaning a little liberal. They got things done by compromising. yeh, not everything was compromised, but much was. Now the gulf between the two parties is so wide that compromise is impossible. Forget respect. Listen to the political ads with the Republicans whispering about Kerry's actions while Bush defended Texas. There are other things done by both parties, but that is the first thing that came to my mind.
    worker
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  • Mod....
    X-taxman
    Don't Mess With Texas, dude!
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  • The only way to stop it is to ask them nicely?
    contrarian
    Sorry, the only way to stop it is to cut off the money flow and vote for those who will stop the spending. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like either major party has any desire to stop spending. They just want to stop the other party's spending.
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  • Stop Spending??
    Linda
    Can't totally stop spending or life as we know it will also stop. Slow down the spending with the goal of a balanced budget, then reducing the national debt should be the call. And you are right, each side wants to stop the other's special projects. Not only does spending have to be reduced, but revenues have to increase. And this fantasy of revenues will increase when the ressession is over is just that, a fantasy. If the government thinks rebounding the housing market will spark recovery quickly they are also wishful thinking. Housing prices will go up when the excess inventory is gone. That will not be for a while. This is and will be a slow economic recovery. Those actually are the best kind as there is no boom, then bust cycle over and over. Many things can be done now to help without getting extreme: Get rid of the refundable credits on federal taxes - gets rid of a lot of fraudulent schemes and a lot of people will not even have to file taxes, thus saving money and letting IRS go after other enforcement and education programs. Get out of the wars - let people defend themselves. A little help maybe for a good cause, but going in and taking over never works. If people want freedom, they have to want it and earn it, or they will just be taken over by another dictator. There is so much in-fighting in the middle east I doubt they can all get together to go after the US in force. If they bomb us....taken em out!
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  • Linda for President!
    contrarian
    I can live with all that.
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  • Get prosperity first
    Moderate
    To Linda and Contrarian. A balanced budget and tight money might be good when we are in the prosperity cycle. We are in the early stages of recovery from the Bush and the Republican's Depression. Cutting the spending could give us another Hoover depression (the Great one) It also happened when the Republicans got control in 1937 and stopped the recovery very quickly.
    worker
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  • history in DoD
    Spanky
    Well, it has been going on for many years. Within DoD it has always been a fact... spend your budget or you won't get it next fiscal year. It seems over the past few decades that the folks sitting in those senior positions (military and civilian) were the same brown-nose, toe-lickers that toed-the-line to anything the boss said and kept the secrecy within house motto. As other stated, it use to be respectful to be a govt employee... after the anti-gov worker Reagan tactics it is more negative than ever. Then one does visit a VA employee, or SSA employee, or IRS employee.. who are basically worthless and unaccounted for in their environment. Those few have given the whole executive branch a bad scar... when those problems were actually bad management. When I was a young GS worker, struggling to work my way up the ranks it was always.. not what you knew, but who you knew... that was the unannounced secret. Now it is vivid in techno color! Back then, the senior employees that one would look up to usually had a lifetime of experience to share, teach and guide. Today? I have seen interns pop thru their program, land promotions shortly there after and got promoted to GS14/15 positions over senior employees... and it is rapid throughout DoD. Another thing to look at are military bases... these admirals and generals in charge are allowing their program managers to spend wastefully, as long as they can dance-the-dance, talk-the-talk with nice pretty power point slides and show baloney things they call results. You and I would call it sheer waste and abuse if the public knew the details. I am really surprised that this lastest fiasco of the General caught wasting and abusing for himself and his wife... there is more to that story that they will reveal... because the things they list is what typical ALL generals and admirals do, especially overseas. They live in royalty.. so they dive in royalty and expect it wherever they go! Some live in million dollar govt purchased mansions... just take a tour of the many military bases around the east coast... if you can get access and allowed inside the secrecy...
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  • Tip of the iceberg
    mylabs
    GSA and MG Ward (and his wife) represent just the tip of the iceberg. I too see this kind of abuse throughout the federal government and as a taxpayer wish I could do more to stop it. Everyone wants to feather their nest and make a name for themselves at taxpayers expense whether it makes sense or not. As long as they reach their personal goals. I don't know how some of these people rest easily at night. No conscience? I don't know.
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  • Absolutely Correct
    X-taxman
    The nepotistic good 'ole boy system is flourishing in the IRS and it's getting more and more blatant. Increasing numbers of leadership positions are being filled by boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, brown-nosers, new-comers, loyalists, etc. Yes in some cases these people fall flat on their faces when they reach their lofty positions because, lo and behold, someone finally recognizes the fact that they can't 'lead' their way out of a paper bag!! It's the incompetent ones that stick around that pose a serious threat to the future of the Service. And there a LOT of them. Oh yes, the things that are passed off (up and down) as 'results' really make you shake your head and wonder 'what the......'
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