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Video: 'SNL' mocks government workers

By Ed O'Keefe

Combine long-held negative perceptions of federal workers (lazy, overpaid, complainers), mix in "Precious" actress Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe and the creativity of "Saturday Night Live," and you get the comedy sketch above, called "Public Employee of the Year Awards."

The late night sketch show held a faux award show to honor public sector workers with the craftiest excuses for working as little as possible for big pay.

"In these times of anti-tax hysteria and threats of government budget cuts, it's important to remember that people with government jobs are just like workers everywhere," said actor Kenan Thompson. Except for the lifetime job security, guaranteed annual raises, early retirement on generous pensions, and full medical coverage of no deductibles, office visit fees or copayments."

The sketch aired about a week before the launch of Public Sector Recognition Week, a week of festivities designed to do exactly the opposite of what "SNL" did.

Members of GovLoop are understandably peeved, but watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 26, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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Comments

It would have stung a lot more if the skit itself had been funny. But this skit, combined with the recent Pew report on lack of trust in government, illustrates the perception of government not being able to get things done is quite pervasive, especially when you get out of the Beltway bubble.

Such a shame, given the thousands of dedicated public servants across all levels of government who operate in the exact opposite manner portrayed in the skit.

Posted by: dslunceford | April 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Most government workers are obese and illiterate, feeding at the public trough, and thinking of ways to go along for the ride until their next break or day off. Everyone knows it. You saw a good example of that when they cried about the snow but somehow weathered the elements to gorge themselves at McDonalds and pick up a movie at Blockbuster, which had a line 45 people long. I would say maybe 15% to 20% are competent but they get sucked into the morass of complacency soon enough.

Posted by: jackson641 | April 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

1 some do get laid off

2 guaranteed annual raises - YES

3 early retirement generous pensions YES,

4 full medical coverage - YES

Posted by: nwerle | April 26, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with the above comment. Literally, the only problem that I have with this skit is how painfully unfunny it was. Not unlike almost ALL of SNL these days...

Posted by: MarylanDChris | April 26, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The government is an employer no different than a corporation. It requires people to make it function. The private sector has some of the laziest, rudest employees, and so does the government. It is the nature of people, not government. I happen to know doctors, architects, lawyers and chemists who work for the government. Would you expect these public servants to be paid the same wages, as say, a worker in the private sector that did not graduate high school?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 26, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

the SYSTEM comes from Congress. If you don't like it that is where you should complain.

Posted by: Hector6 | April 26, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

How appropriate. Millionaire actors mock people with multiple college degrees who make an average of $50k per year.

Never mind that most public servants work in high risk jobs like law enforcement, the military, or emergency rescue. They also work with the public as teachers, librarians, and postal workers, which is never easy to do.

The "perks" of the job: security, pensions, health care, all look great now, but the government had a hard time recruiting in the 1990s with its relatively low pay scale.

The people complaining about government workers now were mocking them for their boring jobs and low pay a few years back.

Posted by: AxelDC | April 26, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I laughed my a$s off when I saw the sketch!!!

Posted by: jezebel3 | April 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious as to how jackson641 knew that the people he saw were federal workers. Were they wearing badges? Is it possible they were lobbyists, private contractors, unemployed or maybe retired? And, just what was jackson641 doing at Blockbusters and Mcdonalds; research?

Posted by: sschneid1 | April 26, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

That was THE funniest skit last night! I haven't laughed that hard in a while. Thank you SNL!!!

Posted by: tanninglotion | April 26, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It takes 10 to 20 private employee's entire taxes to pay for 1 public employee's salary and benefits. The public sector doubles in size every 10 years.

Posted by: tanninglotion | April 26, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The author is wrong in that Federal workers have lifetime job security--several large agencies last year cut almost 20,000 jobs. You just don't get fired on the spot like in private. And Unless you have the age and time, early retirement counts against your pension and current Federal employees under FERS don't get paid for life like Civil Service participants, and can outlive their money since they have to rely on the Thrift Savings Plan (401K) for most of their retirement funds. Under the new system the earliest I can retire is 64 for a meager $1000/mo. If I wait until I'm 72, I can bring homea little less than half of what I make now. Now tell me where am I going to live in the Washington Metro are for that?? And lastly, when it comes to healthcare, yes, Federal Workers have access to several different plans, but we do pay deductibles and copays under some plans (ie. Blue Cross and kaiser), just maybe not for routine care. These skits may be amusing, but people need to remember that Federal workers have lost homes and revenue just like everyone else. And have families too. Some Federal Workers make less than 20K. Most Feds work very hard. And there are only a few 100 thousand of them to take care of a couple of million of you.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | April 26, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they didn't get in that government work stifles creative thinking and ingenuity. Everyone is working for that next step up!

Posted by: 3cats1 | April 26, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think that there is a huge amount of misinformation regarding the "perks" of government work. As a government employee myself, I see both good and bad employees - some work very hard and take the mission of their work very seriously. Some do as little as possible with an air of entitlement. But this is very much the same as the private sector, where, on average, salaries are much higher.

As for "perks" - we do have health insurance, and the ability to choose from a menu of insurers - but ALL of them require payment of deductibles, co-insurance and office visit payments (at least in the agency where I am employed). I pay more for less comprehensive coverage than is available to many in the private sector. As for retirement - I pay into it every paycheck and there is no guarantee that there will be anything there when I actually do retire.

I do what I do because I love my job, and I feel that I am making a positive contribution. That's not to say that I can't take a joke. Next time, I hope they actually make it funny.

Posted by: nichole_alynn | April 26, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Most government workers are obese and illiterate." No doubt this statement was the result of objectibve scientific research and not just an off-the-cuff opinion by someone who is illiterate, and possibly obese (as are most Americans) thesmelves. I'm sure the poster contributes greatly to the welfare of the country and does more than slander people with gross generalizations.

Posted by: Sutter | April 26, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now "Precious" can go to a fat farm since she makes alot of money, or just stop feeding herself like a pig at a trough.

Posted by: nowhine | April 26, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

SNL can do whatever it wants but it at least should be accurate.

lifetime job security - almost true, although people can and do get fired. It's important to note that rather than layoffs, the government looks to buyouts or uses natural attrition to reduce the workforce. Buyouts are not jackpots - $25,000 last I checked, all taxable.

guaranteed annual raises - we do get guaranteed cost of living increases. If you're doing your job satisfactorily you will get an addition step increase either yearly, every two or every three years.


early retirement on generous pensions - not unless you were hired before 1984 (?). Under the system in place since then, a full pension is around a third of what folks used to get, and that requires you to work at least 30 years. Quit before then and you lose significant chunks of money.

full medical coverage with no deductibles, office visit fees or copayments - wrong on all counts. Blue Cross, the most popular federal plan, has all three. But it's still a lot better than what most people probably can get, and I'd like nothing better than to see it extended to every American.

Posted by: econgrrl | April 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77dKMJfSs38

Looks like hulu version is down.

Actually, don't even waste your time. This was a very weak sketch.

Posted by: dkbain1 | April 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

That was a skit?

Posted by: Zeromeo | April 26, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a federal employee and I saw the skit. One it wasn't funny; and two there wasn't an ounce of truth in it. Maybe it was referring to State and/or Local Government, because I've been an employee in the federal service for over 30 years, and I've never experience massive non-productivity. So all of you out there who are trying to get a position with the feds during this economic downturn, don't drink the kool-aid like one of my new employees apparently did--I'm pulling the paperwork together right now to get him out before his probationary period is up. In actuality, it's the contractor personnel who have basically taken over the federal workforce since the mass exit of baby boomers have left that are the incompetent ones in government. So laugh if you will, but I'm willing to put my federal staff up against any corporate staff and I'm sure we will out perform them.

Posted by: Beingsensible | April 26, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious as to how jackson641 knew that the people he saw were federal workers. Were they wearing badges? Is it possible they were lobbyists, private contractors, unemployed or maybe retired? And, just what was jackson641 doing at Blockbusters and Mcdonalds; research?

Posted by: sschneid1
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He knew it wasn't the regular unemployed group much like himself knocking down Big Macs looking for work, LOL...I'm so tired of my associates who once worked lucritive jobs in the private sector calling and sending me emails about getting a job with the feds because they've been laid off. One thing for sure with the feds is we're not out their begging for jobs.

Posted by: Beingsensible | April 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SNL! Because public employees are over appreciated as it is .

Posted by: Patera | April 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm really annoyed that comedy stations are attacking and insulting Americans, Christians and, in this case, government employees, but are scared silly to insult Moslems. By refusing to show the South Park episode where Mohammed was portrayed and beeping every time his name was mentioned, TV companies gave out the signal that only Westerners, Christians and Americans can be mocked, attacked and satarized.

These comedy shows should go off the air until they can show that they are not self-hating and prejudiced only against their own kind, but obsequitious and knuckloing under to the angry Arabs. Everyone should be open to mocking and satire, or no one should be.

Bad cess to them.

Posted by: LeeH1 | April 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Going into federal employment has always beena tradeoff: job security, steady pay, and fair (non-discriminatory) policies, vs. limited upside financially and professionally. You can rise to a certain salary level but never above it. You'll never be the boss because that's reserved for political appointees by law. These are rational choices it makes sense to think about when choosing a career and planning for a family and retirement.

Issues like dedication, excitement, belief in the job, etc., are the same either inside or outside the government -- they depend on the employee's own character and on the particular workgroup and boss. For every disaffected government employee you can find a totally dedicated public servant. For every entrepeneurial, creative private sector employee you can find a phone-it-in cubicle resident who has lost all faith in company culture and management.

My own bias is that I have met many very committed government employees who see their jobs as more about serving the public than making a higher salary. If they put money first, over people, they would go to the private sector.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Can we have one week, one day at least, where Ed O'Keefe doesn't misues this blog to mock the federal workforce in some way? Tubby loser.

The Federal Eye page used to be devoted to information useful to the federal workforce. Until this tubby loser took over.

Did I mention he's a tubby loser?

Posted by: Wallenstein | April 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Beingsensible,

I think it's great that you believe that your workforce is better than one in corporate america.

Posted by: jaygatsby27 | April 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Most government workers are obese and illiterate, feeding at the public trough, and thinking of ways to go along for the ride until their next break or day off. Everyone knows it. You saw a good example of that when they cried about the snow but somehow weathered the elements to gorge themselves at McDonalds and pick up a movie at Blockbuster, which had a line 45 people long. I would say maybe 15% to 20% are competent but they get sucked into the morass of complacency soon enough.

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Hi, I work for the government and I'm actually young, literate, and skinny. I spent my time during the storm at home, working on my laptop, and did not leave my house for fear of getting into an accident.

But thanks for playing.

Posted by: whitneyuevans | April 26, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Such a shame, given the thousands of dedicated public servants across all levels of government who operate in the exact opposite manner portrayed in the skit."

The problem is, while we have thousands of dedicated public servants, we employee MILLIONS of them.

Posted by: msully25 | April 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Re: I'm curious as to how jackson641 knew that the people he saw were federal workers. Were they wearing badges? Is it possible they were lobbyists, private contractors, unemployed or maybe retired? And, just what was jackson641 doing at Blockbusters and Mcdonalds; research?

Posted by: sschneid1
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He knew it wasn't the regular unemployed group much like himself knocking down Big Macs looking for work, LOL...I'm so tired of my associates who once worked lucritive jobs in the private sector calling and sending me emails about getting a job with the feds because they've been laid off. One thing for sure with the feds is we're not out their begging for jobs.
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Great posts! My thoughts exactly on ignorant, moronic jackson641. A number of people were off during the snowstorm, through no fault of their own. Jackson641 sounds like a bitter person who probaby didn't have the skills to get a job with the government.

Posted by: missingwisc | April 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Why won't you publish my last comment?

Posted by: lafayette89 | April 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse


Having grown up in New York, then moving to North Carolina in 1981, this sketch brings to mind one word:

DMV.

Have a nice day!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 26, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

USA Today did a devastating piece a few months ago about the massive surge in feds making six figures or more. I know one who has been at a job a lobbyist hooked him up with, working four "long" days a week, two from home, for close to $180k. been there 26 years and just coasting. would get EATEN ALIVE in a for-profit environment.
and we will support him for life, with the pension. they might top out but that is hardly a problem. they top out at up to double what private pay is, even before the recession cut wages and increased hours for most.
go to a large federal bldg. and watch the exodus @ 4 p.m. Then swing by Microsoft, Dell, Hilton or Regal cinema corp. offices - see the lights burning into the evening. They are working, feds. Try it sometime.

Posted by: FloridaChick | April 26, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

After the obligatory 30-second commercial (SNL is private sector, after all), what struck me about the video was how far the show has fallen since its glory days.
I suppose it's possible, in the era of the Big Lie from the political right, that some viewers might give credence to elements of the introduction. That would be unfortunate. The better informed are still sending bouquets to the civil servants at the Treasury Dept. who saved the country from private sector greed.

Posted by: commenter14 | April 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that SNL got it just about right. Most managers and directors are well educated and competent. Most of the lower level employees, that SNL mocked, are exactly like that. Living here in DC we see it all the time. Funny how some are so outraged at it. Because they see it all the time, too. (Yes, there are hard working federal employees).

Posted by: rpike | April 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

used to live next to gov workers. both had gov autos (Jeeps). Mostly to ride to their office. One of them double dipped on pension then retired. he never left the house. Stayed home and played on the computer. Said no one missed him anyway.

The are entitled and lazy. Count the bennies in sick days, vacation days, pension vesting,
defined benefit guaranteed retirement and health care, not to mention cars and now bonuses.

For what?

Posted by: wesatch | April 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Concernedaboutdc states that, "The government is an employer no different than a corporation." In actuality, however, the government is a fundamentally different employer because it must act reasonably and that duty to act reasonably gives rise to a cause of action if an employee feels aggrieved. Most private sector employees are employed at will and can be fired at will for any reason not related to race, sex or religion.

I am sorry if many government employees were offended by the SNL skit but it is not news that most people view them as inept and lazy. Go back 50+ years to when the Russians were cleaning our clock in the space race and we couldn't get anything off the ground. The joke was that the next generation of rocket was going to be called "Civil Service" because it wouldn't work an you couldn't fire it.

Most people's interaction with federal employees is at the Post Office and that is seldom an inspiring experience. Who doesn't go into the post office and wonder what government health care would be like?

Yes, government employees are, in some cases, necessary, but when they act like they really don't want to be there and their job is a major imposition, maybe the best thing we can do is to make sure that there are as few of them as possible.

Posted by: lmmbham | April 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I actually feel sorry for the federal government but they have bought this upon themselves. The allow CNBC and other "big business" to skewer them daily--CNBC is full of idiots that have predicted NOTHING right. However they are allowed to write a narrative that the Government is useless???? The only thing the Government had done is kept CNBC (and all their "Big Business" buddies) operating when they should have failed---Its funny how fast they went from saying "this bailout is necessary to---what a waste". The problem with the Government is it has not fought back against the lies leveled against it by the (even more incompetent) private sector that runs itself to the ground and then runs to the government hat in hand

Posted by: jcar2 | April 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Just want to endorse the many comments that the SNL sketch was neither amusing nor remotely accurate. Are there lazy, surly, incompetent government workers? Sure. But are there proportionately more of them than in the private sector? Speaking as someone who has worked in both worlds, I very much doubt it.

For what it's worth, I thought this sketch was by far the weakest in what was, overall, a strong episode. As the rest of the night proved, Gabby is highly talented and game for anything. Too bad the writers let her down on this one segment.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | April 26, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Most people in Europe who work in the PRIVATE sector have job security, excellent health insurance (actually, everyone has that), generous pensions, and salaries indexed to inflation even if they don't get a special raise. Yet, most of those countries now have a lower unemployment rate than the United States. Maybe we ought to ask how it is that people in the private sector put up with substandard work conditions, instead of asking why government workers do not work under such conditions.

Posted by: AnonymousBE1 | April 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Re: used to live next to gov workers. both had gov autos (Jeeps). Mostly to ride to their office. One of them double dipped on pension then retired. he never left the house. Stayed home and played on the computer. Said no one missed him anyway.

The are entitled and lazy. Count the bennies in sick days, vacation days, pension vesting,
defined benefit guaranteed retirement and health care, not to mention cars and now bonuses.

For what?

Posted by: wesatch
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It's best not to post unless you know what you are talking about. You make it seem like all gov workers get a car - NOT. You act like one can't get a job after retirement. I can't tell you how many retired military officers I know who have a second career. Heck they can retire after 20 years, they get another job.

Posted by: missingwisc | April 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

i work in the private sector and i'm here wasting time submitting a comment when i could actually be doing the work im paid to be doing.
i do know plenty of government workers too, and i think there is good and bad in both sectors.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 26, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

at the Air Force academy, CS workers tried to sneak out early.

the yahve been outsourced udner the MEO plans.

50% are good

50% are bad

Posted by: nwerle | April 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Civil service is an extended form of welfare. Case closed. The debate is over.

Posted by: tulsadave | April 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

1. Fact checking SNL is absurd
2. To those that characterize government workers as lazy, overpaid slobs - I suggest you go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Korean War Vetrans Memorial, WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary, and the Law Enforcement Memorial and see how dedicated some federal employees are. I don't doubt that everybody can point to a government employee that's not earning their keep. And everybody can also point to a private sector employee that's doing the same.

Posted by: justanotherguy | April 26, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

ok maybe of all those with negative comments on the federal civil service, how many tried to get on but just didn't measure up, one too many dwi's, maybe that child support you haven't made, no college degree, or maybe its because that latino or black man got "your" job. my thought has always been 60% of tea party activism was resentment of whites that part of the government dole had to go to minorities. want to shut the tea party down, pass a law that only white men can be cops, fire fighters civil employees of any kind and watch the rhetoric change. hillbillies wanting something for nothing.what a world we live in.

Posted by: trjohnson8890122 | April 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

show me a well paid government employee. show me.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | April 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Well...I haven't had a raise in 2 years, and of the 11 years I've worked as a State employee I've only had 5 annual raises, outside of promotions.

I currently do the work of 2 people. I have done the work of 3 in the past.

I'm paid about 70% of a private sector person doing the same work. Or less work.

But, as I do know many people that actually live the government empolyee image, it's going to be hard to convince people that the majority of people aren't lazy overpaid slobs. It's always one bad apple that ruins it for everyone else.

Posted by: Mazarin | April 26, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I... as a non federal employee have no desire to work for the government. Its true they appear to get some nice benifits... but I just couldnt stoop so low as to work for the government.... grossly inefficient... the joke has always been what does it actually take to get fired from a government job?? Manangement is to blame in this case... except government rules make it almost impossible for a manager to go down that path...so they dont bother. The government wonders why they dont attract quality people... Nobody wants to work in that kind of enviroment... except those useless types that are just there to pick up a paycheck. I'll never work for the government.

Posted by: BobbyYarush | April 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse


That skit was nowhere near as funny as the revelation that even as the economy was in free fall -- and before and since -- top echelon regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission were spending all day every day downloading pr0n.

The only thing worse than the government becoming a parody of itself is when it becomes a parody of itself and nobody can even be bothered to stir up a yawn.

Posted by: thardman | April 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

When I first moved to DC I spent 7 weeks of my life as a government contractor working in a large cube farm with largely government civil servants.

The daily goals during those days were to

1. Wake up - go into work.
2. Fill out a time sheet (we had meetings on how to do so properly).
3. Clean up (not much to do there) - go back home.

Nobody had mission, nobody had purpose, nobody had job satisfaction, nobody had to work efficiently, nobody had performence measures, nobody asked questions, and most importantly nobody cared in those 7 weeks.

Yes I got paid and well too for absolutely nothing, but to this day I refer to those 7 weeks as time missing from my life and 7 weeks stolen .. by or from the government -you decide.

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | April 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The abundance of ignorance among these comments (uninformed negative stereotypes of government service) reminds me of how education is probably the most important issue in America. We need to teach people to stay informed, think independently, and not subscribe to generalizations.

Posted by: nmal21 | April 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

now they need a skit on the porn watching SEC

Posted by: mimo1 | April 26, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine works for the federal government. Her job puts her between the vast web of congressionally mandated regulations and the public. She ensures that everyone gets a fair treatment within those regulations and that taxpayer money is not mis-spent.

She must regularly deal with the least-educated and most mentally unstable (often angry) segment of the population. In exchange, she recieves a reasonable salary, decent vacation, medical benefits which she pays for in part just like anyone else, and a 401k (no generous defined-benefit pension).

I don't know many people who could handle her job, especially the stress of having to deal with these kinds of people. On top of all that, she gets to be the butt of jokes about federal workers and the object of a lot of misplaced resentment from private sector employees who imagine that working for the government is some kind of picnic.

As someone mentioned above, there are always trade offs.

Posted by: writinron | April 26, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Stereotypes are earned. They can also throw in unionized public school teachers.

Posted by: hammeresq | April 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Hope and Change. Hope more Govt jobs get created. Change so that we can all be on the dole. Yes we can!!

Posted by: TheDubb | April 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

There are just as many good govt employee's as bad. My dad worked long hours for crummy pay for the State of New Hampshire.

They could have run the same skit about CEO's of failed financial companies working as little as possible and making unholy profits.

But, ultimately, it's just SNL. They make fun of everyone.

Posted by: hacksaw | April 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As a federal employee, I am really steamed at the derogatory, insulting inferences of that skit. I'm so distressed, I just called in sick for Tuesday through Friday.

Posted by: noodlebox1 | April 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

To all you A-holes that do not appreciate government workers. Next time you're in trouble - don't call a cop - call a TEA PARTY member!

Posted by: clemons1 | April 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say that non-postal Federal employees pay deductibles and co-pays on their insurance just like everyone else. In fact, many of the private plans are much better than comparable Federal coverage. But, yes, there is a generous retirement system for many municipalities, many states, across-the-board for law enforcement officials, and for Federal workers who joined the government full-time permanent prior to 1984.

I can't speak for state or local people, but most Federal workers put in hard work for their pay, and do this work to the best of their ability in spite of filthy offices and supervisors who wouldn't last 10 minutes as such in private industry.

The question should not be why are government workers getting paid what they are. The question should be why are private workers being gouged so hard on their pay and benefits just so corporate officials and stockholders can get higher profits while treating their employees like dirt.

Posted by: stillaliberal | April 26, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ha! After several years of watching the unqualified get hired and get coddled. I hate these nincompoops who get promoted way beyond their capability, people who are sleeping on the job, and nut jobs running around earning $90,000 for half-______efforts of incompetency.....this is perfect.

We need more to expose these mostly double dipping, "I earned it" jokers.

The system is a failure! Don't hire these people just cause they have special preference points, particularly spouses of vets!

Hire the most qualified. Sh_t can these skaters! Especially the 33 who spent hundreds of hours watching porn! Wankers!

Posted by: Badger21 | April 26, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I always laugh at the term "public servant". All I see everyday are people who do very little and have jobs that pay well that have nearly 100% job security. Some "sacrifice" to "serve" their country.

If anyone sacrifices, it is the contractors who have to bite their tongue when they have to explain to a fed how to do their basic job functions. You just want to ask, "Why are you even here?" Aren't the KSAs supposed to weed these people out?

Posted by: BurtReynolds | April 26, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The incompetent employee in any organization tends to give the impression that EVERY employee in that organization is the same, despite reality. One thing everyone seems to agree on is that firing non-performing employees should NOT be as hard as everyone complains that it is. THAT needs to be fixed and maybe then the public sector will be perceived in a more accurate, and hopefully favorable, light.

Posted by: Zarina1 | April 26, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't even watch all of this - it was just mean. And pointless.

Posted by: dllydggr | April 26, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Love the fact that those angriest at the skit were clearly posting during work hours...

... on the taxpayer's dime.

Posted by: twarrior | April 27, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about state employees, but working Federal employees do not get guaranteed annual raises. Any raises are at the pleasure and whim of Congress and the President. Retired Federal employees get annual cost of living increases just like Social Security recipients do.

Posted by: yostwl1 | April 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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