Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The New Workers' Paradise

Here's the scariest thing you'll read all day: Cuba is no longer The Workers' Paradise. Washington D.C. has taken its place. Here's The New Republic on Pete Rouse, Obama's current Senate chief-of-staff, and soon to be White House senior advisor.

A legendary workaholic in a town where the competition for that distinction is fierce, the (unmarried, childless) Rouse is said to have little time for outside-the-office distractions. There's his occasional Friday night out for an Ivy League hockey game and the one week of summer vacation in August. But, beyond that, Rouse is all about the job. "Pete Rouse is always working," e-mails one fan/colleague. "The first one in the office and the last one to leave."

Here's commentary on Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, who will soon be in charge of Homeland Security:

Hearing of Napolitano's appointment, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared his fellow chief executive perfect for the post because she has "no family" and "no life" and thus can "devote literally nineteen, twenty hours a day" to the job. Rendell's remarks were derided in some quarters as sexist.....In fact, Napolitano's intense job focus and unmarried status have, in the past, spurred whisper campaigns about her sexuality, prompting the governor to quip that she's not a lesbian, "just a straight, single workaholic."

Here's a charming anecdote about Obama's soon-to-be senior advisor Valerie Jarrett:

Back in the summer, Jarrett recalled to me how, at one point during her tenure as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's deputy chief of staff, she was lectured by Daley's wife, Maggie, for working too hard. "She told me, 'You have got to take one day a week off to be with your daughter.' I said, 'I can't do that.' And she said, 'The mayor doesn't work on Sunday, why should you?'" Jarrett's compromise was to start taking Laura along to weekend work functions.

We know these people. We've read about them. We know their stated goals. And unfortunately, they're all going to be working very, very hard.

May God have mercy on us all.

pic from here.


Dr Ralph said...

So wait -- you're advocating a bunch of lazy slackers instead of these folks? Or am I missing something here?

You know these people? I sure as hell don't, but I'm hopeful they'll do better than the collection ideologues and incompetent toadies we are about to give the boot to.

Really now...

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Given the choice between, say, Calvin Coolidge and Jimmy Carter....
One didn't do diddly squat. The other worked his rear end off.
I'll take Coolidge.

If the goal is to have less of something, I'd prefer that the providers stick to the things that only government can provide at this point.

I'm very, very afraid that these people are going to be working very, very hard. But NOT on the potholes on Fort Worth's East Side.

Nick M said...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that productivity falls as hours increase.

My mother is a teacher. At her school a few years ago there was an IT teacher who basically never left. I mean seriously. He worked 14+ hour days and achieved the nth root nothing. He even came into work on Christmas Day. He retired early on health grounds. Utterly nucking futz...

And more to the point perhaps. The folks WS is going on about are people paid to make decisions. Do you really want 'em doing that when absolutely cream-crackered?

Oh own dear Gordon Brown is a control-freak workaholic who insists on micro-managing everything personally and can't delegate. And look at the atheist ayatollah* we're in now?

By the by... CC is back up So come on over. I have a treat for Dr Ralph.

*aka "unholy sh'ite"