The Federal Government was not supposed to be in the news

You might think that I am getting so excited about what’s going on with federal employees now that I can light up my blog like a weather person might get excited about a coming storm.  You are so wrong.

Remember, I was a federal employee working hard every day trying to do a good job.  I just wanted to do a good job and learn and grow in my profession.  Simple as that. It’s not complicated.  My husband and I had children to feed, keep safe and educate as any other normal family.

Now in this current political environment, where do you stand?

I believe federal employees were originally intended to serve in the background of our everyday lives.  We at one time understood they were needed to provide service and to keep us safe.

Federal workers were never intended to be the headlines of our daily news. They were supposed to be the ones we ‘took for granted’ as always being there providing the ‘safety net’ for America.

In today’s partisan environment, federal employees have become the ‘bargaining chip’ that our forefathers never intended.

Why did this happen?  Has partisan politics become more important than the well being of America itself?  I hope not. You tell me.

Ultimately I believe that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will get its budget.  It has to.  But. And this is a really big one.  Now DHS employees have been placed on the bargaining table.  Think about it.

This is the department that was created after 9/11 to make sure that 9/11 never happens again.  The DHS is on the bargaining table.

By so many reports to date, DHS has one of the worst morale problems in the federal government.  What do you think happens now?

Once DHS gets its budget, whatever that will be, there will be a great sigh of relief.  But what has happened in America?  This is how I feel about it.

For our Congressional leadership, there seems to be nothing they won’t do to make a point.  This makes me very uncomfortable.  How about you? How far will you go to make a point?

For the well being of our nation, our leadership should have personal limits, boundaries they will not cross.  This is that honor thing.

These are my thoughts.  What say you?

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About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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3 Responses to The Federal Government was not supposed to be in the news

  1. The Scone Man says:

    Hello Deborah,

    Greetings. This one is a good read. At the end you ask a question—whether the leaders have some “lines” they will not cross in the national interest. I think they have one. You know they won’t mess with the Pentagon defense budget in the same way. Yes they may sequestrate a little here and there but never outright not pay soldiers who are on the battle field.

    Most of the men and women at DHS are indeed on the battle field defending the home front and yet it is expedient to use them for political posturing. And while indeed, Congress has every right to feel a need to confront a president, any president for that matter, on any issue they feel encroaches on its powers, picking federal employees is a bad thing. Like you said before in an earlier blog, it’s like a CEO of a firm always disgracing and humiliating the employees in public.

    And that should end …

    The Scone Man

    • djaubey says:

      Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right. DHS employees are on the ‘battle field’ in America to keep us safe. All of us need to understand and appreciate that.

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