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You need to finish that thought… February 10, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

From CNS:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls.”

…off the carcasses of middle class taxpayers.


1. Cathy - February 10, 2015

What that dude said — What a pile of crap.

2. Cathy - February 10, 2015

Me likes what you added to it Geoff…

*licks lips while grinning*

3. geoff - February 10, 2015

My BiL, MarkinNJ, once told me that he supported liberal welfare policies because he felt guilty about the comfortable upbringing he’d had. Just like those gov’t employees “feeding their souls,” he didn’t find anything odd about assuaging his guilt other people’s money.

It’s an odd sense of entitlement, thinking that other people’s money should be made available to make you feel better about yourself.

4. IRS Agent #43,275 - February 10, 2015

I spent all day approving Form 378b pre-applications, and I can tell you, nothing is more spiritually uplifting than that.

5. DMV Worker/Drone - February 10, 2015

Ah, yes. I can tell you a thing or two about living a rich, full existence.

6. Mark Foley - February 10, 2015

Yep, feeding my soul and having sex with children. That’s why I got out of the private sector.

7. Barbara Boxer - February 10, 2015

Imagine how much I could have made if I weren’t in the business of serving the public and awarding my husband billions of dollars in government contacts!

8. Harry Reid - February 10, 2015

Hey Foley, shoot me an email, will you?

Also, yeah. Government work is a huge monetary sacrifice.

9. The Apostle Paul - February 10, 2015

Sounds like this Cummings guy is familiar with my teachings. “Government work” is an important subtext in my letter to the Galatians.

10. drakono - February 11, 2015

“they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector”

Myth. This might just be true on the salary line, but the benefits are ridiculous. Total compensation it at least competitive with those in the private sector with reduced ambition. At least. Then add the job security and sinecure positions. Public sector work fosters the lazy and incompetent.

My brother-in-law spoke of an employee at his private sector job referred to as the “corporate welfare case.” Those guys are rare in the private sector, but all too common in the public sector.

11. lauraw - February 11, 2015

In the first year of the recession that caused small businesses to be shuttered en masse up and down our main street, and with my own business at risk, I had a convo with a public servant who decided it was a good time to bitch to me about how her department of government hadn’t had a raise in three years.

The moment was not satisfying for her. Ultimately, she prevailed, though, because my business died three years later. Good for her. Hope she got her raise. On what revenue, I have to wonder, but that is no longer my problem.

12. Laura's Public Servant - February 11, 2015

Circle of life…

13. Laura's Public Servant - February 11, 2015

And eff yeah I got my raise, bitch!

14. Tushar - February 17, 2015

I would characterize my income as ‘not bad’. But on an hourly income basis, a typical low level govt employee beats me. I work insane hours to earn my pay.

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