Monday, July 01, 2013

Public Service

One of my recent pet peeves is that lauding of people with nice easy jobs that allow them at any moment to cash out and get easier even more lucrative jobs as "long time public servants" or whatever. Look, top executive branch political appointees and US Senators are not by any reasonable interpretation of the term "public servants." People who actually give up a bit and go above and beyond for the public good can get that description. Cops, firefighters, teachers, social workers. Not all of these individuals, or the institutions they work for, are perfect of course. But my hackles get raised when senator-turned-lobbyist or Treasury-official-turned-bankster gets praised as a "public servant."