Washington Post columnist, Steven Pearlstein, offers a vapid & smirky set of comments about corporate executives (“I am a job creator: A manifesto for the entitled“).
He reveals his confusion by conflating corporate execs with entrepreneurs.
In all events, here is a retort to his absurdist claims:
“I am a government official: A manifesto for the entitled”
I am a government official.
I own nothing that is put at risk by my actions & taxes taken from my income make no net contribution to the pool of tax revenues.
I am a civil service bureaucrat.
I am granted attributes that defy reality, e.g., that my actions create wealth or contribute to prosperity even though the incentives that I face make this almost impossible.
I am a welfare recipient and I am entitled.
I am entitled to demand more even if the private economy underperforms & insist that there can never be reductions in the largess that I receive.
I am entitled to receive transfers from others in the workforce, to be subsided to use mass transportation systems, and I am entitled to demonize those taxpayers that provide these things for me.
I am entitled to complain bitterly about any challenges to the political status quo that might undermine or reduce these handouts.
I am entitled to implement a preferential system even if that means violating the underlying law of contracts.
I am entitled to complain about wanting more services provided by taxpayers even though they are provided through inefficient government agencies.
I am entitled to compensation that increases at a more rapid rate than growth of the private-sector economy that ultimately must be the source of any new jobs or wealth to support higher revenues needed to cover my costs.
Depending on my position, I am entitled to have taxpayers pay for breakfasts and lunches, chauffeured cars and jet travel, while all my colleagues in government service are in a pension plan that is far more generous than available to most taxpayers.
I am entitled to “forget” to pay my income taxes without suffering any consequence, except a temporary flurry of disquiet expressed in the Media.
As a member of Congress or Senate, I am entitled to use insider information to make favorable investments not available to ordinary citizens, however, I never brag about my investment returns.
I am entitled to pass on my gold-plated pension that can claim to be entitled to such largess.
I am entitled to use unlimited amounts of taxpayers’ funds to buy elections by implementing policies that are cloaked under the guise of the “common good”.
I am entitled to use taxpayers’ funds to burnish the impression that it is my own actions that lead to charitable outcomes.
I am entitled to be a radical, uncompromising politician and then complain about how dysfunctional Washington has become.
Although I am part of the government, I am entitled to ignore the constraints that are imposed by the Constitution.
I am entitled to criticize and demonize high-income earning citizens for their reluctance to continue contributing to the never-ending expansion of growth of government spending and waste.
I am entitled to fire any worker who tries to organize a union. I am entitled to break any existing union by moving, or threatening to move, operations to a union-hostile environment.
I am entitled to a duty of care and loyalty from citizens & taxpayers while I feel no such duty to return this respect.
I am entitled to impose new government regulations regardless of compliance costs, even if it forces firms to close and jobs to be lost.
I am entitled to load up abusive amounts of public-sector debt in order to buy influence and political, blaming any failures on anything else other than.
I am entitled to contracts, subsidies, tax breaks, loans and even bailouts from government, even as I complain about job-killing government budget deficits.
I am entitled to reform federal entitlements as long as it supports my populist agenda.
I am entitled to take credit for all the jobs I pretend to “create” while ignoring any jobs destroyed by the regulations or public policies I support.
I am entitled to claim credit for a booming economy but blame the private sector when there are job losses or setbacks from adverse market or economic conditions that I had a hand in causing.
I am entitled to deny knowledge or responsibility for any controversial decisions made after my departure from government service, secure in the generous perks that I take with me.
I am entitled to ignore corruption & waste yet insist that taxpayers, especially the “rich”, must pay more.
I am entitled to all the rights and privileges of being a part of the “ruling class” but owe no loyalty to American taxpayers and only those workers that are members of groups whose financial & electoral support I seek.
I may be entitled to confidential information about American citizens or companies.
I am entitled to be treated with deference and respect by citizens that I mislead, taxpayers that I screw out of money, judicial officials that I deadpan and military personnel that I view as expendable.
I am entitled to be lionized in the media without answering any questions from reporters that tend to be ill-informed about the impact of legislation that I pass or regulations that I oversee.
I am entitled to VIP treatment as part of the political establishment.
I am entitled to demand almost everything you have; that is far more that I deserve & denounce you for trying to keep the fruits of your own efforts by saying you do not pay your “fair” share.