Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:37am
A reader from Virginia writes:
I think Government Contractor is a very good example of a bullshit job. Here are the details:
The Pay: Not bad. High five to low six figures. If they paid you any less, the client might think you aren't worth their money. Besides, if the government doesn't spend all their money, they lose it from next year's budget.
The Upside: getting paid to wait 10 weeks for security clearance while writing the great American novel and mastering eBay
The Downside: Red tape becomes a way of life rather than a distraction
The real downside: Your contract just got extended until 2014.
Stanley Bing replies: No question. It's pretty clear that any kind of work for the government must now be considered for bigtime bullshit status, including elected positions and lifetime sinecures, like the Supreme Court. I'd like to pose a question in that regard. Do you think that police in Arizona will ask everybody they stop for a traffic infraction to prove their citizenship? Or just the guys with the picks and shovels. I find it hard to believe that a white man in a nice herringbone suit will be asked to show his citizenship papers, what about you?