It’s the end of the fiscal year, so for anyone who’s ever worked in the Government knows only too well, it’s time to spend all the money. After all, if you don’t spend all of what you got THIS year, you might not get as much NEXT year.
In the Federal Aviation Administration facility where I work, this year it means new furniture in all the management and administrative areas. It doesn’t matter that what is already there is beautiful, dark cherry, solid-wood furniture, and is barely six years old. It doesn’t matter that most of the furniture sits in unused offices. It doesn’t matter that it’s all in “like-new” condition. No, what matters is there is money to be spent, so spend it we must…or we might not get as much next year.
We’re replacing the receptionist desk, but we haven’t had a receptionist in ten years. We’re replacing the desk, credenza and bookshelves in the automation specialist office, but we haven’t had a local automation specialist in eight years. Of course, the manager and administrative assistant’s offices are both getting facelifts as well, along with the shared supervisor’s office (four workstations, all beautiful cherry wood, must be replaced).
GSA rules say that the “surplus” furniture must first be made available to other agencies, but why take used when you can buy new? It’ll wind up in a Federal auction to the public somewhere, and will be sold for a fraction of what the Government originally paid for it…and it’s in like-new condition.
All in all, we’re spending some $38,000 for new furniture to replace stuff that’s perfectly good and has another ten years or longer of useful life.
We’re just one tiny facility in one of the smaller federal agencies. This is your government at work. This is YOUR TAX DOLLARS at work.
I remember my Air Force days as a computer system analyst back in the 70’s when we all sat at gun-metal gray metal desks with slate tops, and probably got more work done than the average government employee today. I worked in an office that was more civilian than military, and our GS12 manager sat at a metal desk just like mine. We didn’t need the luxury of a high-dollar attorney’s office to get the job done.
And this is why we need REFORM, not “change”. We need SMALLER government, not bigger. We need LESS tax dollars, not more. We need major across-the-board slashes in government spending.
We need candidates who realize that the biggest problem in the US Government is the US Government itself, and who are willing to work to reform the system.
We need Joe the Plumber. We need Rick the Bricklayer, and Marty the Butcher. We need Sarah Palin.
What we DON’T need is a member of the Chicago thug regime rising to national power. What we don’t need is big-government solutions. What we don’t need is pie-in-the-sky “we’re gonna GIVE you…”.
Don’t give us ANYTHING. Stop taking from us, then wasting it.