Who Wouldn’t Enjoy Firing These People?

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After an uproar over the rubber rooms a few years ago, Michael Bloomberg got rid of the rooms. But the teachers still can’t be fired.

Wherever there is government, there is malfeasance and criminality — and government employees who can never be fired.

In 2010, 33 employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission — half making $100,000 to $200,000 per year — were found to have spent most of their workdays downloading Internet pornography over a five-year period. (Thank goodness there were no financial shenanigans going on then, so the SEC guys had plenty of time on their hands.)

One, a senior lawyer at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., admitted to spending eight hours a day looking at Internet pornography, sometimes even “working” through his lunch hour. Another admitted watching up to five hours a day of pornography in his office. (Would that Bernie Madoff had posted naked photos of himself online!)

Not one of the porn-surfing employees of the SEC was fired.

In 2009, the inspector general of the National Science Foundation was forced to abandon an investigation of grant fraud when he stumbled across dozens of NSF employees, including senior management, surfing pornographic websites on government computers during working hours.

A senior official who had spent 331 workdays talking to fully or partially nude women online was allowed to resign (but was not fired). I hope they gave him his computer as a parting gift.

The others kept their jobs — including an NSF employee who had downloaded hundreds of pornographic videos and pictures and even developed pornographic PowerPoint slide shows. (And you thought PowerPoint presentations were always boring.)

They weren’t fired or even embarrassed. One appealed his 10-day suspension, complaining that it was too severe. The government refused to release any of their names.

These are the people who are going to be controlling your access to medical services if Obamacare isn’t repealed. There will be only one insurance provider, and you won’t be able to switch, even if the service is lousy (and it will be).

Obamacare employees will spend their days surfing pornography, instead of approving your heart operation. They can steal from you and even physically assault you. And they can never be fired.

That’s one gargantuan difference with “Romneycare” right there: If you don’t like what your insurer is doing in Massachusetts, you can get a new one.

Now, wouldn’t you like to be able to fire people who provide services to you?

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  • BS77

    This is SO on the money!! What a great writer. Read DEMONIC folks!!!

  • Fearless

    If all government was removed then we would have no legal system and we wouldn't have to pay exorbitant fees to people like Coulter. And she thinks government employees are ripping people off. Try a lawyer who charges $100,000 for a few days work.
    Less government ? Bring it on.

    • jacob

      FEARLESS :
      Where do you get that we have to pay exhorbitant fees to COULTER ???
      To my knowledge and please correct me if I'm wrong, I never heard of COULTER
      being a govmt. employee…
      But concerning this issue, I can tell you than when it comes to government
      employees, CRIME DOES PAY…
      Yearago, there was a city manager in Miami, a certain Mr ODIO who was
      sentenced to five years in prison for extorting a computer sales company.
      When released, he went to enjoy a $92,000/year pension….
      The reason :
      He earned it for the years he was working "honestly", (perhaps undetected)….
      Now, when it comes to govmt. employees : DOES CRIME PAYS OR NOT ???

      • Fearless

        I am not saying at all that Coulter charges exorbitant fees. My badly worded point was that it's a bit rich for someone such as a lawyer, who relies on Government laws for their generally large income, to say that government employees are ripping off money. If she was an inventor or a medical genius I might listen a bit harder. The conservative party in Australia is full of lawyers. And they constantly have a go at the left. Yet the conservative Howard govt (full of lawyers) was responsible for more government regulations than any in the history of the country.

        • Fearless

          Anyway , I agree with what Coulter says in her article. I just am not a fan of lawyers saying it.

    • winoceros

      Even for an anarchist, that wouldn't be a very bright thought.

    • Lfox328

      Sorry to correct you, but I don't pay Coulter anything. She provides content for free to me.

      • scum

        Thank god we have private enterprise, where honest corporations like Enron, Tyco, Worldcom and the rest work hard to earn your trust. And Coulter should provide for free, given the exorbitant fees she charges for her so-called 'lectures.'

        • Oleg

          Didn't the directors and CEOs of those companies end up convicted of fraud or embezzlement though? Not to mention that with the exception of Tyco all that you mentioned are out of business. Three that you didn't mention were Global Crossing, Whitewater Development Corporation, and Bernie Madoff, Democrat connected firms all. When government employess commit fraud, embezzlement, or abuse nothing happens to them and the agencies they work for never go out of business.

        • Lfox328

          Why do you only mention failed or mismanaged corporations? By that standard, we should only look at corrupt NGOs, such as ACORN or Planned Parenthood.

          Not to defend Coulter, but her lectures are voluntary – you needn't spend the money, if you don't want to. Apparently enough do that she is quite successful, monetarily.

          Quite a contrast with many NGOs, whose use of government grants and loans means that I have to support them, even though I disagree with their aims, and have seen that they don't deserve any trust from me.

  • Gunner57

    Romney is afraid to attack obama because he is black. By merely calling him a failure, he gives this racist anti American black supremcist a pass on just about everything including his pro Islamic policies. Ann Coulter is a disgrace for supporting Romney. He is nothing but a politically correct coward. He will be crushed in November.

    • jacob

      Then what is your alternate option ???
      The mummy of RON PAUL with his axe, his cave and his dinosaur ???
      My choice would have been GINGRICH or better yet JOHN BOLTON bu sincet
      NEWT has to many morons a dirty tail to many morons (which I see nowhere)
      and BOLTON has little backing, perhaps because most people are affraid of
      who doesn't care whom's toes he steps on when calling an ace and ace and a spade a spade.

      However, if by one of those phenomenons of the kind that made parachutists
      JIMMY WHO and OBAMA Presidents, this mummy is elected, get ready for
      something infinitely worse than Pearl Harbor…..

    • BS77

      Your opinions are not facts…..sorry to break it to you.

    • scum

      Coulter's support for Romney shows that at heart, like Mitt himself, she's nothing but a flip-flopper who wants to get her man in office. No way would her 'principles' (I cringe when I put 'principles' and 'Coulter' in the same sentence) allow it otherwise.

  • RiverFred

    In my opinion Romney is very electable. If a candidate goes to far right or left the public will not vote for that person. In my opinion Romney is the most electable of all the candidates.
    As to government employees, this is one of the best articles Ann has written, to bad it will not be disclosed by the media.

    • Gunner57

      That is the problem. Our country has gone too far to the left. It is a problem that, because of our change in demographics, can not be fixed. Most likely, our country is lost. We are truly a thirld world nation in the making.

      • scum

        The Right has controlled the economic dialogue since Reagan. Deregulation, tax breaks for the super-rich, and loopholes for corporations. The system functions to widen the gap between rich and poor, and has succeeded admirably. Everything is going just as planned: the stock market is performing well, the too-big-to-fails are still growing. No worries, as long as you're a card-carrying member of the .01%

        • Amused

          lol….the only place Coulter sells , with all this B.S. about "demonic " is on blogs like this one .[ or on the fawning Hannity show ] Oh yea , she gets her "pat on the back " from the ultra neo-cons " …and just mention "the devil or demons " and you've got the fanatics of the christian right , in your back pocket . She is of course , rejected out of hand by the Centrists and Independents of this country , who inspite of the partisan bullsheet going on in this country , will most assuredly decide the next president .

          • Maxie

            "She is of course , rejected out of hand by the Centrists and Independents of this country . . "
            Of course you have solid data to back this up? Her "lackluster" book sales maybe?

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    When I had a temporary job in a government library some years ago, I was treated to how some of the permanent staff did an honest days work. I would arrive at the building about 8 a.m., and buy myself an inexpensive machine-brewed cup of coffee, sit in the lounge and drink it,, waiting for the work day to begin at 8:30. As I waited, a GS-11 librarian would come in, buy an expensive latte in the adjacent cafeteria, sit down, read his newspaper, and drink his latte. 2 hours later, during my morning break, that same person was still there. When I had lunch at 12:30, I saw him at the same table, and also saw him buy another latte. At 2:30, when I passed the cafeteria on a work-related errand, this person was still in the cafeteria. He did this every day, and the lattes cost $3 each. Enough said?

    • scum

      Musta been drinking decaf.

  • sedoanman

    I was a consultant for a government agency for a number of years and encountered two cases in which the employee in question was fired. The first case was an employee who remained after hours and ran up $40,000 in area code 900 calls; the second was a fellow who downloaded child porn on his government computer. I don't know how long it took the first to get fired, but the second took six months. His attorney advised him not to contest his dismissal.

    Romney is right. Obamacare is simple to understand, even without reading the 2,500 pages. It is one giant HMO, and the way they work is they are paid up front, and THEN if you get sick they are suppose to treat you. You are in effect paying a contractor in advance. The more he spends on you, the less he makes, so he has every incentive to get you out the door with a minimum of effort and expense, such as only a couple of aspirins or an anti-biotic shot to shrink swollen cancerous glands.

    • sedoanman

      That leaves him more money to pay for abortions.

  • hajid

    Being able to firing incompetent people should be the norm in order to improve efficiency. Unfortunately it's no longer the norm. Thus the government needs to hire more people (aka bigger government) to compensate for more incompetent workers that couldn't get fired. The less likely being fired will lead to more incompetent people because there's no need to self improve, thus lead to more hiring. The result would be an uncontrollable collapse of the system.

    Unable to fire government workers is totally a socialist (aka communist) agenda and should be reversed. The bigger the government, the worse it gets and the pooer the people will be.

  • 11bravo

    I can see the commercial now; Romney as Trump (celebrity apprentice) looking at Obama at one end with Durbin-Pelosi-reid-Schumer-Waters-Conyers-Wasserman…. Your'e fired all of you for… some juicy comment; let's get some people with a hint of how a business works, PLEASE!!
    Then he looks sideways into the camera with a bad Photoshoped mop of Trump hair and says: I like firing THESE PEOPLE! Cue evil laughter bwaaaaahahahahahaha!!!

  • scum

    "Employees who rob the elderly…" Perhaps you're speaking of the famous tapes of Enron officials who engineered the largest energy scam in US history under the Governator, and were caught on tape laughing about how they were 'taking all of grandma's money." That kind of rip-off?

    • Oleg

      That was under Grey Davis actually, it and the energy crisis it caused were part of what lead to his recall as governor., Enron was already out of business by early 2001. Also Enron was based in Houston not California so I'm not sure how their activities relate to action or inaction in Sacramento . But what of Bernie Madoff? He was a good Democrat party donor (mainly to attract the investment dollars of wealthy liberals) and ripped off his investors, many of which were retirees, to the tune of 45 billion dollars. Enron executives engaged in fraud but at least Enron did have some assets, Bernie Madoff had a file drawer full of IOUs.

      • scum

        In May, 2001, before he was put in office, Arnold met with Ken Lay, Michael Milken (another honest broker) and Richard Riordan privately at the Peninsula Hotel. Enron memos show that they workd to DERAIL a Gov Davis plan to sue Enron (which was also trying to monopolize the entire water sector in India). You should check out the audio tapes sometime showing that Enron purposefully shut down generators during the crisis to raise revenue dramatically. Of course, Davis himself had earlier accepted Enron campaign contributions. All this should tell everyone that the system is totally corrupt. Enron existed until 2006, it went bankrupt in 2001. Madoff? Corporate scum through and through absolutely. He deserves his small concrete room. Couldn't agree more. What's more important than his political affiliation is that govt officials refused to investigate: Another classic case of weak regulatory oversight. That's the real problem. If he gave to philanthropic causes, that's the one thing he actually did right.

        • coyote3

          Well, if he gave to "philanthropic" causes, he just made a mistake, that is all.

  • trickyblain

    Ann cracks me up. But she's wrong about choosing heath providers under the 2010 act. Private insurance companies are not going anywhere, nor is choice, Insurance companies actually like the Act — it forces everyone to by their product by law! (Not saying that's good — but the level of choice will remain the same.)

    • Maxie

      The level of choice may remain the same initially but the FedGov will also provide insurance at lower (tax-payer subsidized) rates for "the poor". This will drive the private carriers out of business. Somewhere Karl Marx is smiling.

  • Amused

    Coulter throws her hat in everytime some one criticizes the right .In this case it's a classic Romney -foot- mouth incident [ one of many ]. Well Ann dont get too hot over Mitt , he's a classic flip flop in ANYONE'S EYES , most of repocons like yourdself can't stand him , the christian fundies hate him , but of the motley bunch , he the best you can muster ….and he's gonna lose . The single most intelligent and MOST AMERICAN of this sorry lot is Huntsman ….but "strangley " he ranks LAST amongst your lot . Better hope someone comes out of the woodwork , who's capable of beating Obama.

    • scum

      Stephen Colbert is lurking in the wings.

  • hemlockroid

    Hitler was pro-peasant, later pro-industry worker. Romney is pro-banker with no national integrity. The GOP is learning you can't serve two masters. Romney won't survive the challenge. Paul awaits.

    • scum

      Let's be honest for just a minute. While any intelligent person knows that a real crash is still pending, no one would usher it in more quickly, and more blindly, than Ron Paul. Putting the country back on the gold standard would lead to a contraction like you've never seen before. It would be interesting though – as it would usher in vastly more socialist measures to stop people from starving.

    • BS77

      is your name hemmorhoid or what?

  • Ellman

    As God said to Lot, "Find 10 righteous persons in Sodom and I will spare the city." How many righteous people must exist in the country for God to spare it? The number keeps declining each year as the secularists, statists, socialists, progressives, atheists and crony capitalists begin to become the majority.

  • Amused

    Romney "likes the idea " , but hey all you PEASANTS out there , you just go ahead and try that …….then try an get insured . Romney a 200+millionaire , could buy a new insurance company . I guess no one gets the absolute stupidity of the statement as it relates to the REALITY of the present medical insurance industry . The irony here of course was not ,missed by his critics , that he has in his padt indeedf "fired people " but for a profit as a corporate raider . Romney isd one confused but obvious LIEING politician who's liable to say just about anything in the way of pandering o a particular audience or voting block . In this he has been absolutely shameless , a textbook example of a flip flopping hypocrit . Just about everything he says he is against , he has been for , in thr past , and vice-versa . Of course Coulter focuses not on his obvious hypocrisy , but his critics no , doubt "all leftists " [ code word for Democrats ]. I wonder if Coulter can detect this same behavior , cpoming frtom the rabid elements of the Repo/Con side ?
    Good luck with this double-talker in November .

  • Amused

    As for Paul ? Well atleast the general public is aware of Romney and past antics ….lol..Ron Paul however has got a closet overstuffed with skeletons , just waiting to come crashing to the fore . And many are not mere assumption or innuendo , they are documented . The only thing preventing this avalanche for the time being , is Paul's low standing in the race . The long snooping nose of the press [and yea in reality it is non-partisan in its dirt digging ]will quickly go into high gear should Paul make any credible showing .

    • hemlockroid

      Put the skeletons on the table or shrivel up n die. The man was a surgeon in NAM.

  • Amused

    I find it amusing how the discussion is gravitating towards a partisan distinction of CROOKS Thieves and liars . LOL….it is a juvenile ASSS-Umption that this behavior is limited to one party or the other . If that be the case , we could point out that "tap dancing in the mensroom " and diddling Congressional Aides is a " Republican thing " . And does anyone want to take a shot at adultery ? Go right ahead ..lololol…….it's called spitting into the wind .

  • KKKK

    i like ROmney more than osama-obama or orn paul, but he is defiently not the greatest of the canindates.

  • Jim

    Wounder why?

  • oldtimer

    Everyone having health care is good, is the cost is reasonable. As a self employed individual, I saw my premiums go up, 50 to 100% every year, the most recent was 81%. Who can afford that, and they all go up, so firing doesn't work.

  • Bob R

    Oh wow! If a video tape is circumstantial why on earth do we pay for security systems? Not only do these systems fail, obviously in some cases having a video of a robbery doesn't matter at all!

  • Bob R

    Ah… linked to another article I was reading by mistake. Meant to show this: http://www.homealarmsystems.com/the-worst-home-se