David Gewirtz | BIO
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing
I just got yet another email from RNC Chairman Michael Steele. The headline was "Run Health Care like the Post Office?" and the letter was what you'd expect, complaining about the United States Postal Service and other government-run operations.
Steele compares the post office with UPS and Fedex, and complains of inefficiencies. So, as an exercise, I just called Fedex and asked them if they'd carry a postcard for me from Florida to Washington. When I told the guy on the phone I had 28 cents, he laughed.
I then called UPS, and asked their rep if they'd pick up a 1 ounce letter and bring it to DC. He was down with the idea, until I told him I only wanted to spend 44 cents.
In recent weeks, members of the GOP seem to have constantly insulted our civil servants. They've complained government-run health care might be like the post office, full of inefficiency. No one ever accused America's post offices of perfection, but the Fedex guy recently delivered my wife's birthday present to a house down the street. He eventually figured it out and brought it here, but Fedex isn't perfect either.
And, GOP, while you're at it, stop picking on the DMV. While no one's ever claimed to have fun at the DMV, I dare you to spend a day climbing into 20 cars of questionable safety with 20 anxious teenagers and let them drive you around an obstacle course. Do that for a day, and then you can complain about the job those battle-weary civil servants do for their fellow citizens.
And in case you've forgotten, the government runs America's military. And while they may occasionally attack the wrong country, they certainly do it with great skill. America's soldiers are among the best in the world, don't you forget it.
And that goes for our police officers, our fire fighters, and our teachers as well. America's civil servants are asked to do more and more with less and less, and while there are certainly some problem areas, most of these dedicated Americans serve their country and communities in good faith and with the best of their ability.
And you Democrats, don't you be thinking you're off the hook. You know you'd pull these same shenanigans if you were the opposition party, so no chortling there in the back of the room.
The GOP wouldn't be having such a field day, picking on our overworked, underpaid civil servants if you could manage to write a health care bill that real Americans could understand.
A thousand pages? Really? The entire Constitution of the United States fits on one large sheet of paper and you couldn't fit "make sure Americans can get health care" into less than a thousand pages?
When you write a convoluted bill that takes a thousand pages to explain, you deserve a fight. But America's hard-working civil servants don't deserve to be the butt of the jokes that should be at your expense.
You know what really sucks, though? There are mail carriers all across America who are doing their job, going out in hundred-degree heat, delivering letters that paint them as inefficient workers.
When you spend a day in hundred-degree heat, carrying a 40-pound bag of mail on your back, then you can complain. Until then, there is only one class of civil servant you have any right to complain about: politicians.
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Editor’s note: David Gewirtz is Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Magazines, including OutlookPower Magazine. He is a leading Presidential scholar specializing in White House email. He is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley extension, a recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering and was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters.
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