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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I'm Shocked!

Every single day I end up being shocked and amazed.  I guess I suffer from a Pollyanna complex because I generally expect people who rule over me to behave morally.   I also expect people who work for government organizations and in government jobs to be sterling examples of moral behavior, much more so than the rest of us who don't draw a government paycheck.  Why do I have that expectation?  Isn't the answer obvious?  People who work for the government are altruistic through and through.  They decided to go into public service because they love people and want to help us.  That is why it is called public service.  All other people, who work for evil profit seeking corporations and seek to serve only themselves, have the evil profit motive influencing their every thought, thus resulting in amazing amounts of immoral behavior.  Is it any wonder those vile excuses for human beings end up becoming corrupted by their Amerikan greed and doing terrible things to the rest of us?  Money corrupts absolutely and the love of money is the source of all evil.  But guess what happens to me when I read my newspaper each morning?  I read stories about evil people in government jobs and that shocks me out of my chair!  I don't know how that can be true but it is.  Let me tell you about a couple of shocking experiences today.
An Associated Press story written by Hope Yen showed up on the front page of my Denver Post today.  It was given the headline, "Audits show drugs missing at hospitals."  Now that did not shock or amaze me at all.  I think we all know that people who go to work for profit seeking hospitals do so because most of them are drug addicts and they, like bank robbers who rob banks because "that is where the money is," seek out employment at hospitals because that is where the drugs are.  It also being the case that profit seeking hospitals routinely cut corners any time they can in order to increase their profits (evil monsters that they are), and as they cut corners in security operations it is inevitable that drug addicted employees will steal their drugs and either use them themselves or sell them on the street.  If only everyone worked for a VA hospital, then none of this would ever happen, right?
I became shocked and amazed as I read Hope's story.  Here is some of what she wrote, "Federal authorities are intensifying investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers because of a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009,...Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staffers at federal hospitals -- the vast majority within the VA system -- siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.  Aggravating the problem is that some VA hospitals have been lax in tracking drug supplies.  Congressional auditors said spot checks found that four VA hospitals skipped monthly inspections of drug stocks or missed other requirements."
What?  How can this be?  VA employees are not motivated by greed, like the rest of us who do not have government jobs. VA employees are the creme de la creme of the human race, how can they be guilty of something so sordid?  I was shocked and amazed, not to mention dismayed.
The second story did not have to do with gross immorality but it did have to do with overall levels of intelligence.  I quite naturally assume that career politicians, career bureaucrats and anyone who works as a civil servant is much smarter than I am.  It only makes sense.  They are the anointed who are ordained to rule over me.  They have risen to the top of their careers as a result of their superior character and intelligence.  I therefore expect that the educational institutions that are using taxpayer dollars to train future government rulers would be of the highest intellectual caliber.  As I moan and complain about paying my fair share of taxes this time of the year I can at least take solace in the fact that some of my state income taxes are being used to subsidize the education of brilliant future leaders studying at the University of Colorado.
Then today I opened my newspaper to discover something that shocked and amazed me.  CU is on the cusp of launching a three year bachelors degree program that will be fully online.  Wow!  What a strange new world I am living in.  My bachelors degree took four years to earn and I physically attended every single class that I took.  Now students can go to college from the privacy of their parent's basements and obtain their degrees in a mere three years instead of four, thus launching them out of the basement and on to successful careers a full year faster than what I experienced.  Good for them.
As I read the story about this amazing new program however, I came to experience another shocking experience, tinged with overtones of dismay.  The story went on to inform me what degree programs would be available through this new method of degree delivery.  It said, "Students will then be able to select from a set of 10 course clusters, which will serve as pathways for their degree.  Proposed cluster topics include cultural diversity, global studies, environment and sustainability, organizations and leadership and social justice studies."
What?  Where is engineering?  Where is mathematics?  Where is business?  Where is accounting?  Where is philosophy or history?  Where are any of the degree programs I remember from my youth?  I was shocked and dismayed to discover that students who go to college today, and who will be ruling over me in the near future, are dedicating themselves to the study of cultural diversity, sustainability and social justice.  I know enough to know what those words mean.  Cultural diversity means the celebration of perversity.  Sustainability is a buzzword used by environmental socialists to scare people into raising taxes on the productive members of society (of which I am one) in order to provide government funding for their wild-eyed environmental boondoggles.  Tops on the list of their insane goals is fighting a non-existent anthropomorphic global warming.  Social justice is nothing more than creating more government rules and regulations to enshrine envy, perversity and wasteful spending programs.  Yeow!  So this is what a college education is these days?  I am both shocked and dismayed.

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