[Homestead] Republicans appear to be yesterday
akkabhomestead at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 14 17:23:48 EDT 2008
Gene GeRue wrote:
>> Yes, in fact, I *am* one of those people. If my tax dollar is
>> paying for him to do a job, he better as F?%^ be doing that job, not
>> writing and publishing books about his own life that will make
>> millions of dollars. He should work for me, and as his employer, I
>> demand that he is loyal to my needs,...my son if not myself, and not
>> serving his own needs. That is what he is paid to do as a public
> When you were working a job, did you feel that your employer deserved
> your energies and efforts twenty-four hours per day, seven days per
In my last job, no. I did, however, give it my all. The first 6 or 7 months, while I was learning my job, I did about 4 hours of unpaid 'homework' every night. That time allowed me to be a better employee, but no, my employer did not deserve that, I just did it. HOWEVER, when I worked for the PD, when I was a SWORN public servant, as the President of the United States is as well, I worked for the public at large, and YES, the people did deserve my attention 24/7. I think, if you ask most cops, firemen, mayors, etc. that they will feel the same way. There is no time in the day when you are not responsible, and the responsibility is always a heavy load. You just can't/don't turn it off. For a job as important as POTUS, when an entire nation looks to you for your leadership and guidance on issues, then the demands are even greater. It is a conflict of interest, IMO, if the President is working on his latest book while my kid is literally
sent up a river in some godforsaken place like North Korea.
> I wish you good luck with your efforts to get our elected officials to
> give us greater effort.
Well, people are people and not everyone has a decent work ethic. The best we can do, I think, is to try to make sure that those we elect have the work ethic we expect. I suppose now, we are almost back to James' point about the willingness to get one's hands dirty.
I do respect writers, Gene. I enjoy writing, too. I know it can be mentally draining and stressful work. However, everything else aside, like Lynda said, with an office, advance, stripped of other responsibilites, etc. Barack still couldn't meet his deadlines. I have to consider that when I re-evaluate my vote. And yes, while I have a plan (to vote Libertarian), I am constantly re-assessing that plan.
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