How does it feel to know that you paid six-figure salaries to a bunch of bureaucrats who spent eight hours a day downloading porn to their work computers instead of doing their work?
(This would be the SEC, some of whose employees filled up hard drives with German Scheisse videos while Bernie Madoff was running his Ponzi scheme, and the country was in the middle of the worst financial crisis in eighty years. But clearly, what we need is to give the regulatory agencies even more power.)
Anyone want to wager a guess how many of those six-figure drones will get fired and lose their cushy government pensions?
Based on my experiences in a previous life as a network admin, I’m sure of two things:
- In any office-type job, 50% of the people working there only do 1-2 hours of actual work in a day, and fill up the rest with gossiping, lunch, and futzing around on the Internet.
- In any office-type job, more than 50% of the people working there will only work hard enough to not get fired.
Relating to point 2., think about how difficult it is to actually get fired from a government job, and then think about how little motivation the little bureaucrats have to get actual work done. Whenever the shit hits the fan, there’s a flurry of activity because of overreaction to the crisis (“We need to show we’re not irrelevant!”), a lot of reorganization (because movement creates the illusion of activity and progress), and maybe a high-profile firing or three, but overall it’s just a reshuffling of warm bodies. Once the public scrutiny settles–and it will, as the public goes back to Dancing with Lost American Idols–they’ll all go back to surfing porn and racking up time toward their pensions.
And now some folks want to give the SEC more regulatory power. That’s like hiring a gardener to plant your tulips, discovering the dude in the tool shed smoking pot and jerking off during work hours…and addressing the problem by hiring an additional gardener and doubling their salaries.
On the upside, I can think of a few federal alphabet agencies whose employees should surf for porn all day long. I’m all in favor of letting, say, the boys and girls over at the IRS or BATFEIEIO spend their workdays looking at hawt secks instead of thinking up ways to hassle the rest of us.