The term has often been one that garners respect, as though the public servant is someone donating his or her time out of a sense of duty and purpose. “Serving” the public and milking the public are somewhat different concepts though. Someone who makes over $100K in a small town public school, for example, with a nice medical insurance policy and a nice pension is a “servant” while someone doing much the same thing in the private sector for half the pay and no pension, supporting himself while paying the taxes to support the Public Servant, is not a servant at all. The private entrepreneur is “greedy”. Right? Greed and the profit motive are one in the same thing, right? That’s what you’ve been taught, I bet.
What do you call a group of public servants, coercively funded, that has been organized, has huge political influence, and is currently helping to bankrupt several states? Is that public service, or is it something else?
Some state governments are starting to realize that the gravy train for the selfless public servants is running dry– that something major needs to change. The response from the selfless servants is that they’re taking to the streets.
I’ve been saying for years that public education, by its very nature and structure, was destined to become a de facto political party (which of course it is) with one of its goals being the indoctrination of the students to a certain political and world view amenable to the desires of the government/education complex. It’s a given. It’s an inevitability. A guarantee. A system based on coercive funding, that would teach and promote the principles of liberty, and the protection of property rights that are fundamental to liberty, would be in a perpetual conflict of interest. That cannot last. I did not last.
That has been considered an ultra-extremist point of view by many. You just don’t say those things in mixed company. I’ve also pointed out that the fastest way to lose a friend who’s complaining about his “small budget” or “low pay” in a public position, is to tell him he can always quit, get a job in the private sector and find out exactly what he’s worth. You’d better step back before you say something like that, because violence will be on his mind. Who’s more “extreme”; the person stating a simple truth, which is obvious to anyone who’s operated a business, or the person who wants to punch you in the face for saying it? If a simple truth is now to be considered extreme, what does that say about the current state of our culture?
So it has came to pass, that the teachers have taken to the streets, bringing their students with them (and you said public education was never about indoctrination. No; couldn’t be. That would be bad, and we all know that teachers are saints) to demand more goodies from a state that they helped bankrupt. To hell with the state government. To hell with the governor who’s trying to keep the state out of bankruptcy. To hell with everything and everyone; we want more goodies! To hell with the public! (Look at the signs they’re carrying)
These are our sefess “servants” who care about nothing in the world but the common good, and we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing from them. It is an inevitability, where ever and when ever we have the arrogance to believe that WE can get away with having a coercion-based system, because WE can afford it, because WE are so very, very smart and compassionate. This is going to keep happening as sure as you are reading this, and it is going to escalate. This is the result of our “Compassion“.