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Mary Lou Shelton

republicans claim to be the party of the working man, but they prove they are not on a daily basis. you want a raise, then vote the puppets of big business and corruption out of office. gene

political42

Ever notice how private companies downsize on a periodic basis. And they always seem to survive and become more efficient. Our governmental organizations need to do the same. Than there would be money for raising salaries because of increased productivity.

Mary Lou Shelton

political, what do you actually know about how hard people work or dont work in govt. agencies? maybe you should talk to cps staff. as to downsizing, surely you must remember when our sheriff stated that dps testing results were taking from 6 months to a year, hence the large growth in the jail population. well, that was a result of state budget cuts. and this is only one example of how state cuts get pushed down to increase costs locally. many private companies continually grow and hire more and more people. many of the ones that downsize have usually been taken over by conglomerates, stripped of their assets, and eventually fail. there is a huge difference in organizing to produce a concrete product, and organizing to provide a service to people. gene

Mary Lou Shelton

and let me add, that most downsizing of workers that results in more productivity has to do with increased automation, not people working harder. Gene

political42

Gene, I worked next to government workers for 18 years of my career. So I do know what I am talking about. Eight of those years were working in a non-appropriated(no tax dollars) fund position. As to the receipt of less funding, government agencies tend to keep the same number of employees or through attrition, reduce their numbers and produce less. Private sector, cuts staff and find ways to produce more or maintain productivity. And there are many examples of companies that reduce expense and maintain viability, not fail as you state.

Mary Lou Shelton

my point is that you dont seem to understand the difference between producing a tangible product and dealing with people. I worked in both sectors. now I know it is a popular thing to talk about those lazy govt. workers, but it has little basis in fact. i worked for many years In both sectors. i have my opinions, you have yours. I think people in both the public and private sector have honor and dedication and try to earn their pay, but I am not sure what you think. gene

political42

I do believe you can measure output of government workers. How about numbers of VA claims processed, Visas processed, standard IRS audits processed, it goes on and on. And you don't need 5 layers of management to do it. I am all for wage increases based on performance. And I am all for reducing under performing layers.

Mary Lou Shelton

well, I certainly agree with all your comments in your last post. here's the thing though, in most human service organizations, you have little control over the numbers seeking service. for example, when I worked at ksh, we would sometimes get upwards of 30 court ordered admissions a month, and some months as few as 10. but you cant reduce staff in an instant and then hire someone back when you get a flood of clients. pretty much every human service organization faces this problem. but as to some of your prior comments: I worked for 5 years at Bryce state hospital in al. our budget was reduced every year. we were far from fat, and most of us worked pretty hard. and again, you had the same situation with admissions-some months super high, and some months not so much. so in those months, most of us would probably fit the under performing layer description. I suspect dps, cps all the other ps type organizations are in the same boat. in 1988 I worked in a state facility in thomasville al. we streamlined the paperwork, revised the treatment program, and reduced (via attrition) 1 md position, 1 phd position, 2 ms positions, and 1 rn position. we cut overtime and substitute hire by allowing the aides to cover for each other. if a person had to come in late, and aide would volunteer to stay late till the person could make it in. so far from adding or staying fat, we streamlined. not because people worked harder as they were already working hard. we just didnt need as many staff as we were more efficient in how we used them. we also did not have multiple levels of management. for the most part, people were left alone to do their job, and the bulk of decision making occurred at the unit level. I also worked in 4 private facilities. 3 of them scammed the insurance companies (mostly champus) by billing for services never delivered. the other didnt scam, but their pay was so low that most of my staff knew very little, and the services delivered were typically substandard. so my long winded point is that perhaps some govt. agencies do very little and pad their budgets every year, but I suspect most don't. just as I suspect most private agencies dont cheat. the people in the private facilities worked no harder than the public facilities, they were no more smarter or better educated (just the opposite actually), and they did not provide better care or have better outcomes. and they also were less efficient (based on a cost per client basis). than the public facilities. they did have better food. but by far the best managers and most forward looking bosses I every had were all in the public sector. its not all about money for most people. gene

Mary Lou Shelton

Lambro wrote an interesting article about govt waste in todays paper. Its not lazy people, its mismanagement, fraud, and theft. Over the years, more and more money has flowed to the private sector to manage things, and certain things are immune to cost overruns in that they are guaranteed cost plus. So you fill Washington with lobbyists who funnel money in one way or the other to complicit politicians, and you end up with fraud. the same happens to a lesser extent at the state level. I think I am going to go with corruption as the overwhelming culprit contributing to govt waste, not lazy workers. gene

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