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Feds Post 400 Job Openings On 1st Day Of Cuts

From the Washington Times:

Feds keep hiring with sequesters in place: 400 jobs posted on first day back

By Stephen Dinan | March 4, 2013

The sequester cuts are now officially in place, but many government agencies appear to be hiring freely anyway.

The U.S. Forest Service on Monday posted help-wanted ads for a few good men and women to work as “recreation aides” this summer, the Internal Revenue Service advertised for an office secretary in Maryland, the U.S. Mint wanted 24 people to help press coins, and the Agriculture Department said it needs three “insect production workers” to help grow bollworms in Phoenix.

Monday marked the first regular workday under sequestration, and federal agencies posted more than 400 job ads by 6 p.m.

At a time when nearly all of those agencies are contemplating furloughs, the help-wanted ads raised questions about how agencies should decide between saving through attrition or letting people go…

At the Homeland Security Department, which just days ago announced it was releasing some low-priority illegal immigrants from jails to await removal, the agency in charge of deportations advertised for an assistant to help with deportations.

The annual salary for the job is $60,765, enough to detain one immigrant for about 500 days…

It’s clearly better to release thousands of illegal alien criminals than to risk not hiring one more government ‘worker.’ After all, some of those illegal alien criminals might not even vote.

Homeland Security officials warned that they would have to furlough airport screeners, and the Defense Department has canceled deployment of a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region to save money…

After all, which is more important? Protecting the country or expanding the government work force and the Democrat Party’s most loyal bloc of voters?

About a quarter of the job openings posted by Monday evening were in medical or public health, 67 were in management or clerical services, and another 21 were in information technology.

The Defense Department led the way with 123 jobs posted as of Monday evening, while the Department of Veterans Affairs was close behind with 119 jobs.

The Justice Department, which has issued furlough notices to 115,000 employees, had a handful of job openings, including one to hire “several” law librarians, with annual salaries up to $115,742, and another posting for a student intern to answer phone calls and sort documents for up to $18.97 an hour.

There was one opening for a professor at the Army War College in Pennsylvania, at a salary of up to $115,811 a year. A War College spokeswoman said the professor’s post was deemed critical for their academic mission…

Even though we were just told yesterday that the Defense Department is going to have to furlough 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world.

The lowest-paying jobs were working at swimming pools, golf courses and bowling alleys on Army bases. Each of those began at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

An Army spokesman said those jobs are funded through fees paid to those facilities and don’t get taxpayer money. But that explanation didn’t wash with some watchdogs.

“All money is fungible,” said John Hart, spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and Congress’s top waste-watcher. “Mobilizing our nation’s aircraft carriers seems to be a more pressing priority than mobilizing our nation’s taxpayer-funded bowling alleys. The administration’s refusal to set priorities continues to make a mockery of their doomsday predictions.”

Mr. Coburn last week called for the government to stop filling low-priority jobs, pointing out a number of openings such as a museum director and 10 new drivers for State Department cars.

But there is no way to cut 1% of waste from this $3.8 trillion dollar budget.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Feds Post 400 Job Openings On 1st Day Of Cuts”

  1. canary

    Bollworms destroy food crops to include “cotton crops” when cotton is up 800% and the Federal Government is rearing the worms in AZ.

    Let’s give the Federal Govt the benefit of doubt that they are only raising “bollworms” to be used as weapons of mass destruction.

  2. Circus Clown Maxine “I’ma math wiz” Waters, Feb 28 2013 – “Sequester will mean 170,000,000 jobs will be lost!

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “A republic, if you can keep it”

    Benjamin Franklin.

    The citizenry must assess what constitutes good governmental leadership. In this country, it’s not “being the boss” in all the classic, stereotypical ways as portrayed on the screen; It’s the intellectual honesty and strength-of-character that wins the day.

    Sadly, most Americans fall victim to the new shiny. Or, they lead with their emotions. Both are a basis for disaster. Electing a president who nobody knows anything about, who was manufactured like a new hair-gel or a flashy car to just generate sales, well.

    I have learned that Americans (humans in general?) like to be intoxicated. By that, I mean that if it’s not actual substance abuse then it’s emotional intoxication. Having that center of the brain stimulated and re-stimulated until it takes more and greater events to get that high again.

    It’s fairly common amongst those “athletes” who enjoy cliff-climbing and so forth. I’ve met several of those people and it dawned on me that they aren’t so much into it as they are seeking how to get high, legally. I’m not necessarily saying it’s bad; I’m simply saying that they aren’t at all aware of what’s motivating them. Their bodies secrete chemicals that cause them to feel a certain way. They like that feeling. The brain becomes addicted to it, and believe it or not, it’s an emotional and chemical dependency.

    Sure, sure, a better way to exist than sticking a needle in your arm, granted but you don’t want to be around a constant exercise freak when the gym has been closed for a week or they can’t get outside for a good two/three hour run. A doctor once told me that it’s as much a dependency as cocaine in some cases.

    On the basic human scale of things, we have all sorts of poor human behavior that demonstrates how fragile the human mind is when it comes to this. I believe the part that is missing is the formative years where parents guide a teenagers emotions instead of letting what will be have its own head.

    Thus the destruction of the male/female leadership in the household has been largely successful in keeping this nation at a maturity level that’s profoundly stunted. Letting kids “explore” is no more a good way to parent than letting them run around without clothes. Yes, they become naked, emotionally.

    There’s plenty wrong with humans from the start but over the years, we all get a taste of victory, defeat, winning, losing, etc. We eventually learn what we’re good at, what we suck at, how to ask for help, how to take initiative and how to learn from failure. Or so I was told.

    Nowadays, it seems that the boundaries of human existence are defined, not so much by the individual, but by some authority figure who has no more ability than a sack of grass. I refer to Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Napolitano, Holder, etc., etc.

    NONE of those people could take a box of wood, nails, some tools and build a birdhouse. NONE of those people could take a box of parts and figure out how to assemble them to see what it was originally. NONE of those people and others in our government can do any nuts-and-bolts activity of ANY kind.

    This lack of basic understanding, translated into politics means that they fail to recognize simple mechanisms of daily life, human instinct, care, learning, the things that momma taught them.

    In short, it’s pathetic and what passes for “adult” now. I often noted in the 60′s how the hippies would make fun of the “squares” but that those “squares” had jobs of great responsibility and they took them seriously.

    The other facet of this is on a personal note. We have an upper level manager who, when he was a line guy, was the most irreverent, most immature, most obnoxious a-hole who walked the face of the earth. He politicked his way up and when he became responsible for others, he became the most insolent, most heavy-handed disciplinarian this company has ever seen.

    The mechanism I suspect at work here is that he doesn’t inherently know or understand what makes a good leader, but that he thinks he does simply by utilizing the made-up stereotypes he’s witnessed by watching TV and movies. Coupled with his lack of natural human ability, he’s managed to piss off a workforce of thousands. His name is on a par with that of Satan himself; He is that despised.

    In microcosm, his story is similar to Obama’s. Or Maxine’s. Take a person of less-than-average ability, propel them upward and see what happens. Ta-daaaaa….incompetence-on-ice! And, just like the mediots about our so-called government leaders, no one says a word in our company against this guy, either for fear of retribution or because they are card-carrying lackeys.

    Human behavior is a very interesting thing. So many dysfunctional people, so many idiots. I count myself among ‘em but that’s where I differ between them; I know I have limitations and don’t try to appear smart where I’m not and have no problem being corrected. My ego is satisfied in so many other areas I have no need to push others down, or display my plumage wherever I go.

    Our elected wunderkinder might benefit from a healthy dose of humility.




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