Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Wuhan Coronavirus Exposes the Truth About U.S. Government "Service"


One of the most annoying things I hear all too often is a U.S. government bureaucrat or, worse yet, a politician being hailed for "service" to the country.

In truth, most of the bureaucrats and politicians who are part of the U.S. government are opportunists with cushy jobs and better pay than they could get in the private sector. In addition, a good chunk of them are power freaks. "Service"? Give me a break.

The Wuhan coronavirus crisis in China is an object lesson on this point.

Because of the virus, the State Department has ordered an evacuation of American employees at the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, China.

The department said in an email Sunday that it is arranging a flight from Wuhan to San Francisco on Tuesday as part of an effort to relocate diplomats and "some" private U.S. citizens.

Specifically, the embassy statement said this about private citizens (my emphasis):
We anticipate that there will be limited capacity to transport private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis on a single flight leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on January 28, 2020 and proceeding directly to San Francisco.  Interested U.S. citizens in possession of valid passports should contact BeijingACS@state.gov with the information listed below.  This capacity is extremely limited and if there is insufficient ability to transport everyone who expresses interest, priority will be given to individuals at greater risk from coronavirus.
Voice of America reports:
An American citizen teaching at a university in Wuhan, who asked that her name not be used for fear of Chinese retribution, told VOA that neither the consulate nor the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has yet contacted most American citizens in the city.
"Maybe they have reached out to a few privileged individuals, but on the whole, they are not reaching out to average American citizens. We have received almost no support and no help," the woman told VOA's Mandarin Service..."There are thousands of us Americans in Wuhan," the American citizen said. "A 747 seats like 250 people, they're not going to take everyone out. Even if every single person wanted to leave, they would not take all of us," she said, referring to the Boeing 747 jet that will likely be chartered for the flight.
What a bunch of creeps.

I am not a big fan of any government "service." But this goes to show you who these bureaucrats are going to take care of in a real crisis. Themselves.

And don't think the same isn't going to happen if there is a nuclear war or any other serious crisis in the homeland. All the high-level bureaucrats and politicians will be whisked off to underground nuclear bunkers, or protected in other ways, leaving the rest of us to deal with nuclear blasts, or whatever other threat emerges, by ourselves. Some "service" from government people.

When I hear "service," I think an opportunist that has been out for himself.

Please stop your "service" and get a real job, dear bureaucrats.

And as far as military "service," I think of two groups, crazed killers, getting in on a government legalized gig, and dumb saps who bought into the propaganda of the Empire and now may end up getting their balls blown off, or worse, for the military-industrial-complex.

-RW

4 comments:

  1. Well said, Robert.

    I operate under the assumption that government is always about telling the average-Joe taxpayer to "f*** off".

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  2. Public Service is so last century.

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  3. Not only do these "selfless public servants" put themselves first, they do it on the dimes forcibly extracted from us.

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    1. That's the worst part of it as far as I am concerned. We are forced to fund our own abuse.

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