Kevin Glass

This takes "wasting taxpayer dollars" to a whole new level. Government workers at a variety of different agencies have been found to have spent their days watching porn, and a new Washington Times investigation found that their explanation was because they were bored.

As the Washington Times reports:

For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he perused it “out of boredom” — for up to eight hours each week.

Lack of work has emerged time and again in federal investigations, and it’s not just porn, nor is it confined to the FCC. Across government, employees caught wasting time at work say they simply didn’t have enough work to do, according to investigation records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Investigations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration have turned up similar cases, though memos show the employees rarely face criminal prosecution for time and attendance fraud.

It's absolutely shameful, but even if it's not pornography, it's inevitable that bored government workers whose time isn't occupied will turn to something that's going to be a waste of taxpayer resources.

As Kevin Williamson says:

The fact that our bureaucrats spend their days working as amateur snake charmers is, counterintuitive though it may sound, the good news. Rather than fire these tireless onanists, the federal government should upgrade their broadband and invest in . . . whatever matériel these ladies and gentlemen need to keep up their fearless campaign of hand-to-gland combat. If their brains ever get full use of the blood supply while they’re in the office, mischief surely will ensue.

True, there's upside here: workers who are "occupied" with these "activities" aren't actively harming Americans by meddling in their lives.


Kevin Glass

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