The primary goal of most government employment outside of the military, law-enforcement, first-responders (except their unions, of course).

The only thing notable about the episode last week with Rep. Jamie Long – a Minneapolis DFLer who got a patronage job in the DFL-dominated university/non-profit complex – is that he and his bureaucratic benefactor, former Senator Ellen Anderson, got busted.

It’s good to be an insider:

Turns out, before the position was even posted, Anderson was in touch with Long about the position. Anderson asked Long was to write his own position description and dictate his own hours to align perfectly with when the legislature was not in session. 
“Any information you have about what would be optimal for you would be helpful,” Anderson wrote in an April 1 email to Long, obtained via a public records request. 
In the same email, Anderson appeared to suggest that the secret donor’s money was specifically meant to employ Long while the legislature was not in session. The email mentioned money given “to start a legislative fellows program and hire MN Rep. Jamie Long.” 
According to the Pioneer Press: “The fellowship ultimately paid $33.65 an hour and was funded by a grant the university received on Feb. 27 from a donor whose identity was redacted from school records released to the public.” That would be about $40,000 for seven months of work—a set up that may have violated ethics and campaign finance laws.

The only notable thign about it is that GOP Rep Swedzinski actually found out about it, and took action.

IN other words, he held the dominant party in the bureaucracy accountable.

Something that never happens in single-part autocracies like Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth or Bloomington.

3 thoughts on “Insiders

  1. It would be much easier to form a stable, two party governing system if liberals accept the obvious truth that government is as much of a racket as business, and just like business, the bigger the government is, the bigger the racket.
    Like liberals, neocons (like the late John McCain) fall into believing this as well. When you believe the government and its officials are engaged in some glorifying project that is bigger than the mere citizens, you are corrupting government by using it for something other than its purpose.
    Pick up the trash, repair the roads, deliver the mail on time, and then we can talk about colonizing Mars.

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