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  •  A couple of thoughts now that I have recycled my (4+ / 0-)

    modem and router (back when there weren't any comments):

    A)  Neugebauer, whether he likes to style himself this way or not (and I'm guessing, based on a few decades of experience with members of Congress and their staffers, he would say "not"), is a Public Servant himself.  He doesn't have any granted authority to behave the way he did because he was supposedly overcome by emotion.  His job is to legislate and his failure to redeem that responsibility led to the unpaid NPS employee being on duty doing what she was told to do with no guarantee - at that point - that she would even ever be paid for the time she was spending on duty as an excepted employee and having to face his media-grabbing stunt...

    II)  The rest of us Public Servants don't normally have the space to behave in as deplorable a manner as he did, regardless of the emotion of the moment. His behavior is both unbecoming of and disqualification for public service.   His apology, no matter how heart-felt, is simply the sort of BS we see when legislators go off on those employees who are doing what they are told to do.  If he had a problem with the closure of the site, he could just as easily have  had one of his (perhaps unpaid) staffers connect him with the NPS Director, who was also an excepted employee and was probably on duty and available by phone at the time.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:14:57 PM PDT

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