Rachel Marsden

Compare Medvedev's drive to reduce civil-service bureaucracy with President Barack Obama's efforts. Last December, for example, he signed a bill to increase civil-service telework. In order to ensure that the federal government wouldn't lose any more great talents to private-sector wealth creation and gross domestic product augmentation efforts, he colluded with fellow Democrats to find a way to let bureaucrats "work" from home in their favorite jammies and from the comfort of their favorite Posturepedic mattress. Working from home is one of those things that you only really ought to be doing if you're driven by survival. No one with a comfortable, reliable salary and without the constant pressure of having to deliver results should ever be allowed to work from bed -- and that especially means civil servants.

Even the legislators knew where this law was headed before they passed it, prohibiting telework when "the employee has been officially disciplined ... for viewing, downloading or exchanging pornography, including child pornography, on a Federal Government computer or while performing official Federal Government duties."

And while Russia is trying to steer the most talented kids away from a career in government bureaucracy and toward something more productive, Democrats are doing the exact opposite in America. When the Telework Enhancement Act was passed, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Ed Towns (D.-N.Y.), said, "It promotes a healthy work-life balance for federal employees, and will help the government recruit the best and brightest into the civil service."

At what point did America and Russia switch brains?

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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