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Monday, June 28. 2021
At this point, I should note that in the 5 months I've been laid off, I've now spent 5 hours on the phone with NY State Unemployment trying to solve problems with my account. The idea is to get me back to work - and those are 5 hours I could have spent productively elsewhere...even searching for a job or replying to other inquiries I'd engaged.
One may be inclined to say "would you rather have the 5 hours back or solve the problem?" I'm inclined to reply I would prefer to not have had the problem and not wasted the 5 hours - which were not my fault, but due to a bureaucratic error on the part of some unknown official somewhere who hit the wrong processing button.
Errors happen. They happened even in private business, I remember enough that I had to fix at my old job. But the point is private business is far more accountable and I am willing to believe that there is a fraction of the errors or problems that I've experienced with government work, in private industry.
Unaccountable and faceless bureaucrats, or as my father-in-law likes to say "Assholes with a clipboard" cause more problems than they solve. If they didn't, the Soviet Union would still be around.
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The administrative state has not been held accountable for anything for the past several decades. Civil service protections must end and government employment must be reduced. Woodrow Wilson was, in my opinion, likely the worst president to ever hold office. He got us into WWI, created the Federal Reserve, created the income tax, and promoted the "expert" corrupted administrative state.
You forgot- fully resegregated the federal job force and military.
I will trade you 5 hours with the unemployment office with days trying to get a referral from my doctor who works at a clinic that is staffed by people with low IQ spiteful mutants.
I'll take that trade, because I don't know what kind of clinic you're going to.
If it's privately staffed, my guess is that there is something about it that isn't 100% private.
I've never had an issue getting a referral from any doctor, though I have had massive problems getting fees and costs from them upfront before a procedure - but that is 100% because of governmental interference and the inability of them to provide that information.
Lack of transparency is the hallmark of government interference.
Five hours: You got off lightly. And I am guessing that you don't often go through the customer service hell that is reserved for middle class people - that special kind of phone-menu hell that one encounters when trying to make an appointment, or resolve a credit card mis-charge, or get in touch with customer service, or get help with investment accounts - when you're not a platinum star $10million client.
They are all designed around the concept of A.I. (Artificial Imbecility) and phone menus designed to squander your time, frustrate your focus, liquidate your patience, and leave your problem unsolved. It normally takes about 5 minutes just to get to a live human, whether on the phone or on chat.
One of the big outcomes of COVID is the loss of service quality. With people out of the office, oversight has withered and quality has taken a huge hit. Go onto any customer service website: "Due to high inquiry volumes, wait times have been longer than usual / normal / expected. For immediate self-service options and fast answers to a wide variety of questions, see our Online Resource Center and most popular FAQs..
Talk to our friendly robots! Question: Why are they referring to a version of 'normal' that is more than a year old? Don't we now have a new 'normal'?? Maybe they're using the wrong word when they say "Higher-than-normal". Maybe they should start to use the word "Hire" instead!
Yours is an example of why we should NEVER depend on government to provide anything we absolutely require unless the provision of same is specified in the Constitution...and even then, it's prudent (and often necessary) to have a backup plan.
Given your previous experiences, I trust that you had your own emergency fund of at least six months of living expenses set aside.
The bottom line - as your experiences demonstrate - is that not only can government not be relied upon, but there are many things that government should not be involved in. [NOTE TO DEMOCRATS: Our Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution were much smarter than you can even imagine] Providing an emergency savings account for hard times (like unemployment, injuries at work, etc.) is one of those things.
Not only do we discover - after it's too late - that if government can screw it up, they will screw it up, but government also creates a moral hazard whereby thinking that there is a reliable government safety net, people fail to take precautions they would otherwise assume were their own responsibility.
Businesses risk failure if they drive their customers away. Government bureaucracies don't. That alone accounts for government's horrible performance. Not that businesses are great, but there's always some pressure there, or a threat on the horizon, and over time a chance for improvement.
Only the extraordinary merchant or citizen really embraces the challenge of providing good enough service to keep customers without monopolistic guarantees of any kind. We're all vulnerable to the wish that people were simply required to put up with us.