By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – In the days and weeks leading up to the much-ballyhooed automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, media outlets and politicos alike outlined the horrors of a reduced federal spending world.
Meat would spoil without inspection. Airport security lines would hamper travel. The country as a whole would be less safe. Big Bird and the gang at Sesame Street would be evicted.
Yet, through the terror, a sign of hope springs forth: The federal government is still hiring.
According to the Washington Times, federal agencies posted more than 400 job openings Monday, the first regular business day since the cuts were enacted.
But, you might say, these must be critical positions, like meat inspectors, TSA agents and soldiers! The Times rundown says not so:
The U.S. Forest Service on Monday posted help-wanted ads for a few good men and women to work as “recreation aides” this summer, the Internal Revenue Service advertised for an office secretary in Maryland, the U.S. Mint wanted 24 people to help press coins, and the Agriculture Department said it needs three “insect production workers” to help grow bollworms in Phoenix.
To recap, while federal agency heads are bellyaching because some federal workers might see on furlough day per paycheck, the Forest Service is actively searching for recreation aides.
Watchdog.org found the listing for the recreation aide job, which seems to be nothing more than a federal physical education teacher. Here’s the job description:
Prepares students for physical educational and recreational activities. Ensure equipment is operated in a safe manner, demonstrates proper usage, and reviews preparation of athletic fields.Provides practical advice and counsel to individuals on routine and everyday problems.
To recap again, the federal government is cutting aide to schools, children and the elderly while simultaneously hiring PE teachers.
And buying new uniforms for TSA agents, to the tune of $50 million.
There is one bright spot in this dark, dreary world: Federal lawmakers’ office budgets have been cut by 8.2 percent under sequestration.
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