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Opening Arguments

Guess i'll stay in the private sector

Why I could never get a government job:

Want a top job in the Obama administration? Only pack rats need apply, preferably those not packing controversy.

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.

The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants' spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps.

It's not that my past is too sordid. I've made a few mistakes, but in today's therapeutic culture, almost anything seems forgiveable. But I suspect about halfway down the first page of the seven-page questionnaire, my "none of your damn business" gene would kick in.


Bob G.
Thu, 11/13/2008 - 3:49pm

If there was ONE thing I learned during my stint with our illustrious federal government...it's that swearing an oath to uphold the values of the Constitution (flag and country as well) and then seeing what people are permitted to get away with that have NO bearing whatsoever on the oath THEY ALSO swore, will make you begin to question things...
LOTS of things...

Then again, I'm one fo those folks that tends to BELIEVE in the oath I swear to uphold AND take it to heart.
(my God, he grew up to be an idealist)
Nah, I outgrew that...just a cynic these days.