One has to wonder what they were thinking, though according to my wise old grandmother, they weren’t thinking at all: “When the prick is up, the brain is down.”
The General Services Administration’s (GSA) mission (as stated on their web site) reads: “…to support decisions that … wring out inefficiencies in operations… and to manage resources with (the) utmost care and ( with) an obsession for no waste.”
To this frugal end, Chief of the GSA, Jeffrey Neely, along with fellow agents, spent $750,000 of the taxpayer’s money on themselves during a four-day retreat in
this year. They “thanked” their providers by staging a “comedy show,” wherein they joked and sang about the many clever ways they spent our money. Las Vegas
And, as always, there are the photos, evidence of how effective they are at spending other people's money.
Then there’s the former head of the C.I.A., General Petraeus, who has not only provided us with a fresh meaning for the term “embedded journalists” (thanks, Jack) but makes us wonder if the Agency’s named shouldn’t be changed from “Central” Intelligence to the more accurate "Between-the-Legs Intelligence." Petraeus' brain had to have descended for him not to know that a g-mail account is the easiest of all to hack into and that his mistress,Ms. Broadspent, was making off with classified documents.
Petraeus not only mocked his wife and family but broke faith with the public.
For a collection of uncivil, boorish, and ill-mannered people, head to a coffee shop. That's where customers act like they're at home -- or worse.
They put their feet up on tables, pick their noses, clean their teeth, nails and ears, comb their hair, talk loudly on their cell phones, and even bring their own food and drinks into the store.
Disregard for the OTHER has spread to the retail sector, where cashiers at checkout counters have been trained by Management to ask unsuspecting customers for donations to Management's favorite charities. Management, of course, will take the credit -- both economic and philanthropic.
Some banks decided -- without asking the OTHER -- that customers would like to have tellers call them by their first names. Wrong! Like most people I know, we like deciding that for ourselves.
Municipalities can do that as a collective, but what can individuals do? Professor P.M. Forni in his book “Choosing Civility” provides us with twenty-five rules to live by for improving public discourse. Curiously, at the heart of all twenty-five is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” If each of us pretended to be the OTHER before doing or saying, this would be a better, more peaceful world with good will to all.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a kinder, gentler world.
Whiningly yours, Carol