The state I live in has a lot of kool-aid drinkers. I've been thinking about this letter for the past week or so and wonder whether it could actually help people decide to become a bit more reality based.
So, I'm looking for advice from the ojective Kos Krowd before I decide to submit this LTE in our smallish city. Please also know that I am a public employee, and work with people who are kool-aid drinkers. (They should quit, if they lived up to their principles, but prefer to suck the public teat. Some of them are the worst abusers of the system..self-fulfilling prophesy and all.)
I'm a relatively new hire (with not inconsiderable prior experience with the system and municipality I work with), and an absolutely essential person because I am a programmer who works with the revenue system and needless to say, they can't really afford to dispose of me. Still, my position became union since my last tenure and there are new policies I haven't yet read regarding political behavior that are binding. (The administration is moderate; the assembly is split with plenty of teahadist voting power.)
So the question is this: is this letter sufficiently effective to ignore all that and submit?
The letter follows the bouncy cloud below, for your consideration.
To the Editor:
We tried "Trickle Down", but what we got was "Trickle Up".
Lax enforcement of existing regulations got us a Gulf gusher, several tragic mining disasters, mad cow, E.Coli, chinese drywall and lead-laced toys.
We tried deregulation and got the most massive transfer of funds from the public to the private sector in history, a crashed global economy, decimated retirement funds, massive home foreclosures - many of them fraudulent, members of the middle class going homeless and the most massive gap of wealth between the 1% and the middle class since the 19th century.
We're trying out privatization, and students have become debt-slaves, emerging from the for-profit school mills you see advertised daily with "degrees" that are immediately rejected by employers. We have to pay for their defaulted, privatized loans when they can't get a job and find themselves destitute., Who pays? We do, since the banks handling government education loans simply must have their penalties. interest and fees, even though they are not actually producing a dang thing. This is not growing an economy. This is moving money from the lower classes to the higher classes via taxpayers.
We've had to convict judges for taking kickbacks after imposing maximum sentences on first time teenage offenders for the most petty of crimes because those judges were hired to fill up privatized juvenile facilities. They lie to us about restitution while utilizing slave labor from private adult prisons in order to bring you more competitive pricing. ( I'm still waiting for my restitution - anyone else?)
"Cognitive Dissonance" is an accepted psychological term that describes the state of mind of a human being who has strongly held a belief that is contradicted by incontrovertible evidence.
Finally, this: they aren't job creators. They are profit makers. If they think it will profit them more to hire you, they'll hire you. But they'll just as soon fire you if they think Rajiid can adequately do your job. It's about profit, baby. To bring jobs back, you have to do a little more than spread more cash all over their tanned bodies.
Proven Law: Those who adapt to a changed reality, survive.