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THE YEAR OF THE CONTRACTOR

THE YEAR OF THE CONTRACTOR


At the beginning of 2013, few Americans...
...Except those in the DMV and near military bases knew,
The extent to which our government contracted itself out,
The more non-permanent, private employees, the less the federal payroll grew.


But then came Edward Snowden,
His NSA disclosures still dribbling out,
Dollar darling Defense running ramrod over personal privacy,
Funds flowing freely, our military industrial complex went "walkabout!"


In the sixteen day government shutdown, "good cents!"
Congress authorized furlough pay for bonafide civil servants alone,
Just imagine if all federally related workers had been compensated,
Beltway Bandits temporarily thrown off the gravy train...hear them moan and groan!


And now we have the ObamaCare website...hundreds of millions of dollars...
...And counting, for another wonder of the world of the previously unknown and unseen,
Maybe it's time to put government's functions back on its balance sheet,
For transparency, accountability, and ultimately to make it LEAN.


Perhaps the answer to our woes is to increase federal employment,
While decreasing - or eliminating - those involved in outsourcing and its oversight,
Using contractors only for what civil servants absolutely cannot do,
Will trim worker FAT off the public dole in the long run, and give US government LITE.


Thirty years plus of following Reagan's lead has led to this dysfunction,
Where's the BEEF? By now, taxpayers know and should be aghast,
WASTE: an issue to consider in elections, campaign contributions notwithstanding,
Want more bang for the buck? Resolve to make this Year of the Contractor, this nation's last!