But back to what I was going to say. I think most federal employees are like myself. We only want to do the best we can for the people of the USA. We can be that neutral party between the 2 (or more) sides. I can be a voice of reason and compromise between those that want things one way and those that want things a different way.
With that being said I can honestly say that there IS a whole lot of waste that goes on. Some of it is due to laws that have been passed by our elected officials while some is due to inertia where an agency tries to make itself valuable so that funding can continue. In the big picture, however, this is all a drop in the bucket. I commented to a co-worker that the cost to bomb Libya in one day was probably equal to the entire annual budget for our agency. Why should it be so difficult to get our fiscal house in order?!? How about just chipping away at it slowly? Raise the Social Security retirement age a year or so for folks my age and a few more years for those just getting into the system? How about asking us all to chip in an extra 1%? How about trimming the defense budget to a smaller percentage of our GDP? How about increasing the tax rate 1% for every $250,000 in income. So you make $1,000,000/yr. You pay $40,000 more Can you survive on that? How about having an independent auditor evaluate all government programs to recommend proper budgets to due only the core task for that agency? For instance why is my organization drilling water wells for Indians? What does the Bureau of Indian Affairs or Indian Health Service do?!? Why do I manage 2 dams and the Corps of Engineers manage 2 dams on the same river system?
It just makes me sick that supposedly intelligent people can't just make the hard decisions and do the right thing! You give me this, I'll give you that, but in the end we have made progress! Hey, Nero! You play a mean fiddle!