Defending the Indefensible
Dave Killion — February 28, 2012
In the Washington Post, US federal bureaucrat Jason Ullner wants us to stop picking on him and his peers –
“It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. I’m tired of it, and I’m fed up. I don’t claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do. We are lawyers, doctors, PhD students, economists, writers, electricians, construction workers, security officers and technology specialists. We are not a drain on the national economy; rather, we are a primary reason why the United States remains as great as it is.”
Mr. Ullner goes on; first, to complain about the sacrifices he’s made and the stress he’s endured, second, to assure us he isn’t complaining. In fact, he quite enjoys his job because of the various “chills”, “thrills”, and excitement that comes from serving his country. But not because of the money –
“We don’t do our jobs for glory, or money or power. We do them — and do them well — because we take pride in our work and pride in representing the United States of America.”
But here is the problem – I don’t care what the motivations of Mr. Ullner and his colleagues are. I don’t even care if they are working hard. I only care if they are producing value. And no matter how well they do their jobs, I think most of those jobs produce less value than they consume. People are right to complain, and I hope they don’t stop just because some bureaucrats get their feelings hurt.
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