Maybe it's because we don't want the government to do for the medical field what it's done for the post office? Let me introduce you to "standby time."
The U.S. Postal Service, struggling with a massive deficit caused by plummeting mail volume, spends more than a million dollars each week to pay thousands of employees to sit in empty rooms and do nothing.
It’s a practice called “standby time,” and it has existed for years — but postal employees say it was rarely used until this year. Now, postal officials say, the agency is averaging about 45,000 hours of standby time every week — the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees sitting idle, at a cost of more than $50 million per year.
Mail volume is down 12.6 percent compared with last year, and many postal supervisors simply don’t have enough work to keep all employees busy. But a thicket of union rules prevents managers from laying off excess employees; a recent agreement with the unions, in fact, temporarily prevents the Postal Service from even reassigning them to other facilities that could use them.
If you read further in this post, you'll see that even the postal workers don't much care for this. Be that as it may - this is one more tale of your tax dollars "at work" - or, should I say instead "standing by."
How much more waste like this can our society tolerate? How many more people must be out of work due to high taxation and excessive regulation, while postal workers "stand by" doing nothing and get paid?
Are you mad - and don't want to take it anymore? I am