Government is based, ultimately, on fostering relationships of trust aimed at joint efforts to create social good. Dan Ariely's reminder is thus worth keeping in mind. Yet we may be overly focused on seeing the connections within government and between government and citizens in market terms.
In the past two days we've seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers' pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois' legislature vote for substantial cuts in its retirees' pensions. Undoubtedly these two actions are just the tip of the iceberg.
To Senator Ted Cruz, For Reimbursement to the American People for Money Wrongfully Taken Out of their Hands: $24 Billion, Payable to the U.S. Treasury, as their Trustee, over such period of time as is required to make this debt good.
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We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.
Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.
In an already struggling economy, government employees are going to have to serve more people with fewer and fewer resources. Can public servants find a silver lining by using budget cuts to streamline the government operations?
Someone who likes their job 75 percent of the time is probably doing vastly better than average, so here are a five ways we can keep public sector employees -- and, really, anyone in the workforce -- interested, happy and productive.
The real casualties of a government shutdown are the civil servants who wake up every morning on a mission to make a difference for our country. They want to go into the office -- and many would do so without pay.