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Steve Benson

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    Those individuals who walk away from jobs, ofttimes well paying jobs, in order to serve their nation in high pressure, not as well paying jobs, under an administration deserve much respect. Some take the jobs with hubris, but most take their new positions with humility and a real desire to make their nation a better place. They may take months before they can be confirmed to their posts, even longer if congress is collecting political points by delaying appointments. After they finally begin leading and learning their new position, they have less than four months to meet the goals set by the administration and themselves.
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    As the Obama presidency slips slowly into lame duck status in an atmosphere where negotiation, compromise, and bipartisanship have become vulgarities, it is hard to fault members for leaving to reenter the private sector.
    At least the cartoon doesn’t indicate that Ms. Napolitano is going to work for a lobbying organization. Did she ever do favors for the university in order to get this job? If not, then I wish her good luck in her new career and am generally grateful for the way she conducted herself as head of Homeland Security. We have certainly had worse people appointed to positions in this and previous administrations.
    It would be good if appointees could be more promptly appointed in a civil and respectful manner so these ‘temp workers’ could quickly begin serving the administration and the American people.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  2. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Yet when a republican politician goes into lobbying or transitions into a corporate power broker position it’s okay, they are entitled to serve their own best interests. But when a political appointee, one who is expected to only serve a few years leaves their post, as is expected,and goes to a state educational institution it’s not okay? This is republican logic, It’s only okay if you’re a republican.

  3. Glass Hole

    Glass Hole GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Happy Trails to You..

  4. californicated1

    californicated1 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “Slips away into ‘Lame Duck’ session”?

    That happened to the Obama Administration the moment the news broke out that he was re-elected to a second term back in November 2012, just like it did to every second term presidency since the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Saw many political appointees (“Schedule C’s”) come and go in three decades of government service. It was notable how many Republican appointees were in it for an “Inside track” to going into “private industry” as a lobbyist or other highly paid position with little or no regard for the job they were supposed to be doing for the public. A few Democratic appointees were the same, but far fewer, and most did want to actually serve the people, not themselves.


    Turned down many promotions over the years, or “high profile” ones, because I got enough insults by folks such as Zit and other right-wingnuts, who bitched about government, until that is, THEY were getting the “handout” or benefit.


    I never got spit on or treated badly by folks on the “left” after I got back from ‘Nam. Went to several anti-war protests to let people know what the real story was, and was treated with respect. I DID get attacked repeatedly by “redneck” and right wingnut types in the southern communities DEPENDENT UPON MILITARY BASES! It had nothing to do with ’Nam, they just hated the military folks who their survival depended upon because they weren’t local Yahoos, inbred and stupid.


    Napalitano has a long record of public service,and going to the U.C system will continue that service. So naturally, the right wingers who will continue to benefit from her service, condemn her. It’s about that inbred and stupid thing.

  6. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    “Republican appointees were in it for an “Inside track” to going into “private industry” as a lobbyist or other highly paid position with little or no regard for the job they were supposed to be doing for the public. A few Democratic appointees were the same, but far fewer, and most did want to actually serve the people, not themselves”
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    Well, see, if 95% of Republican appointees do it and 5% Democrats do it, well, that just proves they ALL do it. Equally.
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    And, besides, it’s okay if a Republican does it.

  7. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @onguard

    Or perhaps he loved and served his country and has developed the attitude he has due to the DISRESPECT he was subjected to by those who only claim to love this country? I find that I have a lower opinion of republicans due to the ignorance and stupidity I read here from them everyday. The expressed attitudes and implied actions only serve to reinforce the appearance that republicans care only for themselves and their immediate wants, all other persons be damned. I was not pleased to read the abrupt insults but I can understand them as dtroutma explained why he had come to that conclusion. As usual the “liberals” were open minded and willing to listen, the “conservatives” were ignorant of facts due to being closed minded and only believing what they were told to believe. Now that is a blanket generality and there are surely exceptions, but based on the comments here, it fits pretty well. As for his example of the percentages, from examples of republican logic and manipulation of facts he is pretty much spot on. If 20$ of a body participates in a particular activity or exhibits a certain characteristic and 95% of those who do are republicans and 5% are Democrats then “yep they all do it,” is the republican conclusion. I suspect the mirror at your place is the wicked witch’s mirror that always told her what she wanted to hear and showed her what she wanted to see.

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 1 year ago

    I thought Benson would be happy she’s getting of the government teat…

  9. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 1 year ago

    I too am glad that she is not taking a lobbying job. I heard the Repubs passed a bill saying that no Congress person nor cabinet level position could take a lobbying job until six years after their term was over. The only thing is it doesn’t take effect until the year 3000.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” was on Bill Maher, and made the excellent point that millions of jobs go empty because Americans lack training, or basic math knowledge to even to “blue collar” jobs!! Not everyone needs a Bachelors or higher degree, Mike made a point referencing “Work smart, vs work hard” as an “educator” putting down labor jobs as inferior.


    We need people who build and fix things. Many of them are more highly paid (when “union busting” among other things, fails), and EARN what they’re paid,in salary and benefits. They KEEP US ALIVE! in many cases!


    Not a great fan of Janet on all her points, but at least she’s not directly going into lobbying, or going to work for the industries she once regulated.


    Just a note: James Watt left Interior, and founded a company (one of several) that would drug test federal employees via Reagan regulations. The trick was, his company got the contract to do the lab testing, BUT HAD NOT LABORATORY!!! THAT is the kind of frauds we need to stop, EITHER PARTY perpetuating.

  11. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    Yippee! Strip searches of co-eds!

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    bhinkle: not at all, it’s just that Watt represents everything vile, and obscene, about the “religious right”, as well as the new batch of “republicans”, who I just can’t equate as “Republicans” any more. By comparison to the current crop, Nixon was “squeaky clean”.

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