By Elaine Meinel Supkis
This Washington Post article illustrates exactly why we can't go to that ruling class paper for any substantial analysis. Since it exists for the sole purpose of servicing the ruling elite, it comes up with really stupid articles like this one that was supposed to be funny. From the WP:
Boredom Numbs the Work WorldPoor baby. All those factory workers or service workers toiling in terrible conditions, bored to death, weep.
When Bruce Bartlett was the deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury under George H.W. Bush, boredom occasionally drove him from his cushy Washington office to seek relief at the movie theater. One afternoon, he ran into a friend who was a senior official in another department.
"It was kind of awkward," he said.
Bartlett had a secretary, staff, an important-sounding job and the paycheck to go with it. But, like many workers, he found himself underemployed and bored out of his mind.With rising fury, I repeat, poor baby. Gads. The man should be put in prison for ripping off the taxpayers, you and me! Note how he meets up with another Republican tool who squats on the public payroll doing squat diddley. Boy, they had it tough.
"There is a reason why prison is considered punishment," Bartlett said, comparing it to his former job. "You may be in a gilded cage, but if you're just forced to sit there for eight hours all day long, staring at the wall, it can be excruciating."
Be it at a desk at the Treasury Department, a spot on the factory floor, or a drab blue cubicle, boredom is a condition that can be more stressful and damaging than overwork, according to those who have studied the issue.Talk about mixing apples and horseshit! By taking the true sufferings of the working class and projecting it onto the parasitical ruling class is typical of organizations like the Washington Post or the New York Times. They know they are cranking out propaganda but they must do this to keep the wheels of the machine well oiled.
"We know that 55 percent of all U.S. employees are not engaged at work. They are basically in a holding pattern. They feel like their capabilities aren't being tapped into and utilized and therefore, they really don't have a psychological connection to the organization," said Curt W. Coffman, global practice leader at the Gallup Organization, whose large polling group measured employee engagement.
The guy holding the whip isn't overworked nor is he or she suffering from anything except aenomie. Like the devils in hell, supervising the torture can be boring after a while but they are well paid and certainly feel entitled.
Bartlett's problem was that he was deputy assistant secretary for economic policy when the president "just didn't care about economic policy, only foreign policy. . . . Because the White House didn't want to do anything, there wasn't anything we could do," he said.Now I am literally trembling with rage. OK, last night I posted an article about the greatest terrorist attack in American history. The FAA was one of many organizations that sat idle during the entire episode, co-ordinating nothing, doing nothing, just passively sat on their collective asses watching it all unfold.
That problem -- a lack of autonomy and a job that has very specific instructions -- hits workers from the highest to lowest echelons of the working world. Many spend their days surfing the Internet, writing e-mails or taking care of personal business.
Bartlett spent his days writing for academic journals. Boredom has a permanent seat in many workplaces, no matter the level of employee. And people are miserable.
Kristina Henry started her career as a government contractor in the early 1990s. Her job left her so stressed, that she started grinding her teeth and was constantly looking for new work. And that stress came from the fact she had nothing to do.
"It was like Dilbert," she said. "I learned a lot about FAA regs and flight rules. And I learned a lot of acronyms. . . . . A lot of times it was just tedious, and I was thinking, I can't believe I'm here and being paid for this."
So how did she and her co-workers cope? Occasionally, they too sneaked out to movies and to museums. And she brought a copy of "War and Peace" to work. She finished it in two weeks.
They should have all been fired and put in prison or if they were in any other country, they would have been before the firing squad.
People put in places of power have certain duties to discharge. If they fail then we should have some form of punishment like putting those whining, creepy little parasites in prison. All the people in this article who pretended to work for the government but really goofed off are criminals. Their bosses are criminals. President Reagan was a criminal, aside from taking bribes from foreign powers. Everyone who screwed the pooch on 911 are criminals. Rummy sitting at his desk while jets were on attack missions all over America, he is a criminal.
The Washington Post's editors are criminals, too. They should have explained to this dumb reporter who is obviously too lazy to think, that the article is too stupid to publish. They know perfectly well the headline should be, "POLITICAL APPOINTEES CHEAT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS." The article should be an angry denunciation of this sort of feather bedding. It could have been a muckracking story revealing the fact that 55% of the people hired by our politicians are really goof offs, 100% of them goofing off when we were attacked.
The fact that this article shows no indignation reveals the level of moral degradation afflicting the lazy ruling elite. One can imagine them waving their perfumed hankies in front of their well fed faces, sitting in rockers, drinking mint juleps, sighing, "Oh, I am so overworked. Tell the overseer to whip the slaves out there in the fields."
Well, I have to go off to work now.
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