Family Research Council

Paralegal or Paralawless? Gov't Employees Get Paid to Do Housework


By Tony Perkins
August 18, 2014

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There's a laundry list of problems with the Obama administration -- and it includes actual laundry! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. President Obama isn't the only thing getting hung out to dry. So are the clothes of Patent Office employees. Apparently, the agency's paralegals are so bored that employees are getting paid for doing laundry. Dozens of federal employees, most of them making $60-80,000 a year, have so little to do that they've spent years surfing the internet, exercising, and watching television. Investigators blasted the agency for a "complete breakdown of management," which paid workers $4.3 million for doing "busy work." "It's one thing to have idle workers," the inspector general said, "but in addition to being idle, they received outstanding performance ratings." Of course, this kind of waste stings more when Nancy Pelosi insists, "There's no more [budget] cuts to make. It's really important that people understand that." People understand all right. They understand that's more spin than a paralegal's laundromat!

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