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Sunday, August 13, 2023
ISSUE #1170
Should Government Workers get Real-World Experience?

Many college students spend their summers working as interns for businesses. That gives them “real world” experience they can’t get in the classroom. Many professors every few years spend a few months working for companies in their field so their teaching is up-to-date.

Now, suppose government employees had a similar opportunity. How might that change their views when they return to their government position?

Consider a few examples:

Environmental scientists in EPA work three months for an oil company, a highway construction contractor in West Virginia, or an Oklahoma cattle ranch.

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and his top officials spend a month as Texas Rangers along the border with Mexico.

Energy Department leaders work as a sales person at a Ford or GM dealer in Montana or Iowa. How many EVs could they sell?

Food scientists in the FDA harvest vegetables in California and apples in Michigan.

Education Department Ph.D.’s spend nine months teaching math and science at high schools in Baltimore, Chicago, or Columbus. If they survive the year, their salaries on return to Washington will depend on the progress of their students.

Prosecutors supported by George Soros work a few weeks as a security guard or clerk in a local CVS or Nordstrom that gets looted every day or two.

California Legislators who voted to force pork producers in other states to change their “best practices” go to work on hog farms. Their job would be to make sure that each of 50 sows would not smother or otherwise harm any of her 10 to 12 new-born pigs.

Federal prosecutor and newly named Special Counsel David Weiss would switch to defense attorney …wait, he already did that with the Hunter Biden sweetheart deal.

I’m sure you can suggest other “switches” that might help our economy.

I was going to suggest that the 535 Democrats and Republicans in Congress switch parties for a couple of months. But they would get so discombobulated nothing would pass, and the federal debt would keep getting worse.

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

      “There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get off the thing that he was educated in.” WA #445, July 5, 1931


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