From the Washington Post: ‘The nation’s largest federal workers union is taking to the airwaves to defend rank-and-file federal workers against growing anti-government sentiments. The American Federation of Government Employees plans to spend about $200,000 to air a 60-second radio ad in more than 30 markets, including Washington and several Southern cities, a spokeswoman said. The ad features AFGE President John Gage and workers from the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration, who tell listeners to ‘trust’ them as they carry out their work. … And a VA registered nurse says: ‘I care for veterans like family.’
‘You can trust us. We work for you,’ Gage says at the end. ‘We want people to know what those irresponsible ploys really mean,’ Gage said in a statement announcing the ad buy. ‘They mean reductions in Social Security for our seniors. They mean reduced services for our veterans. And, they mean fewer guards at our federal prisons. The men and women of the federal service are not nameless, faceless bureaucrats. They’re what hold our nation together.” Uhhh. Okay. So that’s a radio ad coming. We have, by the way, ladies and gentlemen, been made aware of a White House joint effort.
(playing of jobs spoof)
RUSH: We thought we’d do our own commercial, thinking we wouldn’t be part of the buy by the American Federation of Government Employees.
Don in Marble Hill, Missouri. This is not far from my hometown of Cape Girardeau.
CALLER: Hello, Rush.
RUSH: How you doing, Don?
CALLER: Hey, I’m doing all right. How you doing?
RUSH: Very well, sir, you.
CALLER: The only comment I had on this particular instance was that the one guaranteed result that I see out of federal employees that the manufactured product is more and more federal employees based upon their interpretation of their guidelines and statutes — oh, wait a minute. Now they’re interpreting statutes. Oops.
RUSH: So you think that the biggest manufactured product of federal employees is more federal employees?
CALLER: Well, basically I agree with you in one aspect, that I don’t see any other actual product.
RUSH: Well, yeah. The Chevy Volt. I goofed up on this, too, yesterday.
CALLER: Well, I agree with you on that, too, but the main thing that I see and let’s see, I’m 50 years old, retired, union labor worker, blah, blah, blah, blah.
RUSH: Wow. How’s the pension working out?
CALLER: All I ever saw out of government was, ‘Oh, oh, no, no, you can’t do that, you qualify — oh, you own a real car? Oh, no, you can’t get that.’
RUSH: I understand, but I can’t relate to it. I’ve never gone to the government for a car, or anything else. Driver’s license, passport, yeah, yeah, yeah, but nothing else. It can’t be fun. It can’t be fun to have to go to the government to get what you need, to go to the government to get what you want, it can’t be fun. But people have been conditioned to do it because there’s nowhere else that they can go.
RUSH: So I checked the e-mail during the break, and people are thinking I missed it. He said he’s union and 50 and retired. I didn’t miss it. I just wanted to focus on something else that he said. I wasn’t shocked by it. Why is anybody surprised by that? To me that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Fifty, union, retired. What was unique was a union guy complaining about government workers. That’s what I was focused on.