On Tuesdays I often do reviews, so today I'd like to offer an extremely superficial review of government offices in the United States. Now I know I have some readers who work for some kind of governmental office and I'm sure this is not directed toward you because any reader of this blog could only be a high quality individual with good ethics and work habits. This
As an aside I should say I've gotten way off track from the topic I was planning on talking about today, but it can wait. What first inspired the direction of todays off-the-track post was an experience in the Post Office last week. I was going to buy some stamps and I was mislead-- or perhaps just misinformed. Whatever it was it was wrong.
Later, I went to the United States Postal Service website to get info about the increase but there was nothing about any increase of first class letter rates. I called the 800 number--they said there would be no increase this year. Who do I believe? The lady at the Post Office had a whole story--a sales pitch--complete with a poster of upcoming stamps and how they weren't keeping many 44 cent stamps in their inventory because the new stamps would be coming soon. Now I'll be having the Liberty Bell on all of my outgoing mail for the next few weeks when I could have had the Simpsons and Chinese New Year. I love the Liberty Bell and all, but on every darn letter?
And this right after a couple of unpleasant visits to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I'm sure we all have unpleasant DMV stories no matter what state we're in, but in California we have the added unpleasantness of the employee furlough days so the incompetent California government can save money to pay for the legislators. At the rate they are handing out drivers licenses to illegals they should just give all of us legal folks a license that will last us the rest of our lives so we don't have to deal with the DMV anymore. And don't even bring the Smog Testing scam--I'm sure Al Gore loves this one. The next scam the CA thieves of government want to impose is tire inflation testing -- I can hardly wait. Instead of worrying about the air in our tires, they should be worrying about the hot air in the windbags in Sacramento who are trying to run our lives.
But the actual thing that really ticked me off was a recent report that baggage loss for air travelers had gone down due to increased scrutiny of all baggage handlers. The airline employees were responsible for some losses, but the biggest concern had been theft by employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Excuse me? Am I missing something here? The folks that are supposed to be providing security to us fliers may be possibly stealing things out of our suitcases. What kind of security is that? If a TSA employee can take things out of our suitcases can't they put a bomb in one if they want to? Here we are lined up like cattle getting thoroughly examined like criminals and some Somalian with known terrorist ties merrily hops on board with a bomb in his underpants. It just makes me wonder if the TSA is screening the right people.
Stayed tuned for next Tuesday's post: And Now For the Sticky Topic I Meant to Talk about Last Week But Got Carried Away Complaining About Things I Probably Can't Do That Much About.....
God Bless America