Letter: The folly of privatization
This proposition sounds so familiar to me. Politicians compile statistics to convince the public that it is to their advantage to outsource people in career jobs and turn these jobs over to private contractors. We are led to believe by getting rid of county employees, we eliminate the expense of retirement and employee benefits. After this is done someone still has to pay for employees’ benefits.
In our organization we often see mechanics and office workers, who will be out in the field driving buses if needed. We have seen storms in our county where our employees were jumping through hoops to return our county to some degree of normality in a few days. Let’s not compare our loyal, dedicated employees with a politician’s fabricated dollar and cents report.
I know most of us recall the story of Pinocchio,
For this was a fairy tale we all heard years ago.
Whenever he’d choose to rearrange some truth,
Strangely his little wooden nose began to grow!
I can still recall seeing the pitiful little donkeys,
Because of being gullible they’d end up a fool.
Instead of doing the things they knew was right,
They went to Treasure Island instead of school.
This fable sounds like the politician’s proposal,
Drawing up the statistics for the gullible to hear.
This brings more money into the county budget,
For a time to outsource our county jobs is here!
Let’s just disregard loyalty of all our employees,
We assure you we can train monkeys to do that.
Let’s all just consider this concept of privatizing,
We could use the low income while we get fat!
Forget county employees who worked together,
When a huge tornado ravished our county land.
Our employees rallied to what they all must do,
To restore order and to lend the helping hand!
Just look out for that wolf in a sheep’s clothing,
That so often sneaks in by holes left in a fence.
They shall try to convince those who will listen,
That our employees are an unneeded expense.
They will hold the meaningless public meeting,
To allow the employees to blow off the smoke.
As they’ll debate with a professional arbitrator,
Who make an average layman look like a joke!
Employees, take time to write to a local paper,
Do express your outrage and sincere concern.
Hopefully the latest proposal may be avoided,
And their true purpose our public might learn!