FY-Eye: 'Much Good is Done by Government Workers'
Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, has an op-ed appearing in several newspapers across the country Thursday that defends federal employees against the recent of anti-government feelings.
These feelings of distrust and resentment, seen in public opinion polls, vocal town hall meetings this past summer and during various demonstrations, have been stoked by provocative television and radio commentators, bloggers, and by some politicians who seem to take pleasure caricaturing public servants as faceless, uncaring "bureaucrats." Lost amid the emotion and the inflammatory rhetoric is what our government and its dedicated public servants accomplish every day — the delivery of vital services and the creation of innovative programs to deal with some of the nation's most serious and seemingly intractable problems.
There are countess success stories of unheralded federal workers making a big difference in the lives of Americans.
Stier references several "real world" government success stories and then concludes:
It is easy to fall back on old stereotypes that often are reinforced in the media, where a 2008 Gallup poll found that 57 percent of the public believed the news coverage about government was negative.
Attacking government may make some people feel good, improve media ratings or provide some short-term political gain, but it is shortsighted, ignores the positive accomplishments that take place every day, and in the end, demeans us all.
Read Stier's full op-ed here.
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| October 8, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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