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Politico Sobs Over Loss Of Dem Staffers

From a tear soaked Politico:

On the agenda: Packing, shredding

By: Erika Lovley
November 15, 2010 

As many as 1,800 Democratic congressional staffers will soon lose their jobs, with layoffs hitting everyone from entry-level schedulers to six-figure committee lawyers in a mass exodus that will accompany the greatest congressional turnover in 70 years.

Actually there was a much bigger turnover of Congressional seats in 1948, but those were mostly Republicans, so who cares?

While results are still being tallied in some races, the damage is clear for Democratic staffers. At least 60 seats have been lost, meaning those offices need to start packing their boxes to clear out in December. POLITICO estimated the likely layoffs based on the average number of staffers per House office, as well as the Democratic committee staffing level, which will most likely be slashed in half now that Democrats will be the minority party.

Think about this number of 1,800 staffers for a minute. As the article states, only about 60 Congressional seats have officially changed hands so far.

Are we supposed to believe that each Congressman actually requires a staff of 30 people? (1,800 divided by 60 = 30.) That is simply astonishing – even criminal.

If you need the help of 30 people to do your job, maybe you are in the wrong line of work.

“Tears were shed. We were absolutely disappointed that this is going to end,” said Todd Jurkowski, a spokesman for Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, who lost to Republican Daniel Webster

Jurkowski said he has no job lined up and wants to help wind down the office

Obviously, Mr. Grayson’s solution is for his staff to just "die quickly."

Lest we forget, these are the self-same staffers who arrogantly laughed at us and mocked us as ‘kooks’ when we begged their bosses (like Mr. Grayson) to stop the runaway government spending, to stop Obama-care, to stop destroying our economy.

It’s only fitting that they should become victims of their own wrecking ball. Good riddance, saboteurs!

According to House financial disclosure records posted by Legistorm, most of the outgoing Democrats employed 17 to 26 aides on their payroll, some of whom work in district offices.

Democratic leaders will have to adjust to fewer perks and smaller staffs as well. There are about 55 aides in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership office

And they still can’t even be bothered to read the bills they supposedly ‘write.’

This is everything that is wrong with our government in a nutshell. 

For now, some outgoing Democratic aides are asking for compassion from their Republican colleagues.

“What bothers me now is there is a lot of insensitivity to the plight of these people who are losing their jobs. Pundits are talking about how exciting this turnover is … but there are real people whose lives are being affected,” said one outgoing Democratic aide. “They really need to show some compassion.”

We can’t help but wonder where were the calls for compassion from the Democrats and their media minions when so many Republican staffers lost their jobs in 2006 or 2008?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Politico Sobs Over Loss Of Dem Staffers”

  1. proreason says:

    What do princelings do when they are cast out of the aristocracy? Do they move on to shovel-ready jobs? Do they file for unemployment? Do they write their autobiographies? What a mystery.

    • heykev says:

      These are the same folks who assisted in wrecking the economy of this great country. One would hope that the only job they can find are working 3rd shift at their local Wal-Mart stocking it’s shelves or as counter help at McDonald’s (would be nice to hear them say “can I super-size that for you?”)

    • canary says:

      Kev, 3rd shift will suit the ones that stayed up every night flipping words the words in bills.

  2. chainsaw says:

    No tears being shed here. Most of these “staffers” will probably resume attending college on Daddy’s dime.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    I suppose it is too much to hope that they will feel the pain enough to actually feel a little guilt for putting the nation in this economic position.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Hahaha.

    ..hoho

  5. mcewen01 says:

    Actually, 1800 divided by 300 is 30, not 300.

  6. mcewen01 says:

    I meant 1800 divided by 60 is 30, not 300.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    For now, some outgoing Democratic aides are asking for compassion from their Republican colleagues.

    “What bothers me now is there is a lot of insensitivity to the plight of these people who are losing their jobs. Pundits are talking about how exciting this turnover is … but there are real people whose lives are being affected,” said one outgoing Democratic aide. “They really need to show some compassion.”

    Please allow me to retort for the astro-turfers……….(ahem) “NUTS”

  8. Mae says:

    Actually, 30 is quite a large staff for a congressional office, isn’t it? Exactly what workers do you need for that office? A chief of staff, COF assistant, administrative assistant to congressman, a secretary (or whatever they are called in WDC), an accountant, 1 speech writer, 2 researchers, 1 computer whiz, a receptionist, a PR person, general office manager…name me some more. Most likely a driver to give the congressman a sense of importance, perhaps a go-fer to get lunches when they are SO BUSY they have to eat in, or maybe a Monica type to deliver pizza and whatever. What are their salaries? I’d really like to know how a congressional office needs so many people…more than a small business which is making money rather than sucking it out of our pockets.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Job positions vary based on the Congressman/woman.

      – Barney Frank’s personal masseuse stress relief therapist (young strong liberal men need only apply)
      – Nancy’s emergency make-up and botox coordinator (3 positions open – long hours)
      – Friends for Charlie Rangel to talk to.
      – A whole new cabinet for Jim Clyburn. All Inner-city special interests welcome.

    • proreason says:

      hmmm

      1 high level policy advisor / right-hand man
      1 general manager type
      1 IT type to manage the website, office computers (can probably be shared about 3 or 4 congress critters)2 maybe 3 policy types.
      1 speechwriter.
      1 or 2 policy specialists
      2 maybe 3 researchers to monitor the news, trends, polls.
      3 or 4 liasons to the district (Washington and in the district)
      1 general admin for scheduling, telephone, travel arrangements.
      1 admin in the district
      1 or 2 interns as gofers
      Accountant – maybe shared with several others
      PR person – maybe shared with others

      30 seems like twice the number needed except for senior leaders.

      It would be interesting to see the staff org charts. Hard to imagine 30 people working very hard.

  9. Chase says:

    Let’s see how much compassion the organs of the Dhimmicrats have for their own.

    I bet it rivals the Arab world’s interest in the plight of the Palestinians…

    If George Soros is not still looking for JournoList types for his media efforts, then I would bet they are headed to law schools or into other fields where they can become shake-down specialists. Soros will probably pick up a few – always looking for the next Baghdad Bob out there.

  10. Right of the People says:

    I’ve contended for years the congresscritters don’t need 80% of their staff. A secretary/receptionist like any small business, a speechwriter and maybe a gofer. If these pukes had to actually write the legislation they propose the bills would be dramatically shorter and more efficient. They could hire a consultant on Constitutional Law when there is a question or questions about that and a few other consultants to get the facts straight but that’s all. Give them a budget of say 50K a year for consultants to keep that from being a source of income.

    Mae, they don’t need drivers, give them government motorpool cars and let them drive themselves. Some nice Chevy Volts would be good that way they couldn’t stray too far from DC since it only will go 40 miles on a charge.

    These are supposed to be our employees, not our masters and they should start acting like it.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”If these pukes had to actually write the legislation they propose the bills would be dramatically shorter and more efficient……”

      Not to mention easier to read and understand, since most of these idiots have the maturity levels and mental capabilities of 7th graders and IQ scores approaching room temperature. And then there’s Joe Biden……….

  11. conant says:

    Never fear most will probably sign on as experts with CNN

  12. Mithrandir says:

    What is compassionate is to go and live in the economy, you and Nancy Pelosi voted for.

    –Enjoy your free health care!

  13. BigOil says:

    I’m sure many of these good little Marxists are looking forward to 99 weeks of reaping what they have sown.

    I hope they bought houses in the DC area at the peak of the housing bubble. But hey, that’s just my compassionate conservative side showing through.

  14. untrainable says:

    Two words libtards… WE WON.
    For any of these people to be surprised is ridiculous. The problem is that they are operating under the assumption that once they got to DC and found some congressional coat tails to shove their heads under, that they would be employed for life in that position, or something even higher up the trouser leg. The other problem is that for far too long, that assumption has been correct. Everything that is wrong with DC stems from the lifetime professional bureaucrats. Like cockroaches, once they’re in, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them without some serious chemical warfare. Think of this election cycle as the first “RAID” moment. The spray can of roach killer is poised and ready for 2012.

    Feeling compassion for these people is like feeling sorry for that rattlesnake that just bit you while you’re coughing up your death rattle. Poor thing hurt his fangs chewing on your leg. Don’t you feel bad for him… hey… wake up… WAKE UP… CAN YOU HEAR ME?


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