It isn't clear to me where the line should be drawn. This of course is part of the problem in the Federal Government right now, according to reports. The fire & replace routine is going much farther down the food chain than it has previously. The result is a morale that is at historic lows among Federal employees.
I do support the idea that a leader should be able to select the team he wants to play the game with. I also believe in at-will employment so long as there is a mechanism to force some level of minimum fairness. I am in favor, for instance, of Hooters not hiring morbidly obese women as waitresses.
Wayne McAlpine wrote:
Actually, Booth, the vast majority of the state employees are covered by Civil Service and can only be fired for cause, and even then with great difficulty. The policy makers and temporary hires are the ones affected and these people have no expectation of keeping their jobs when a new administration comes in. That's just the way the game is played. As one veteran pol told me one time, "What are you going to do? Hire your enemies?" In most jurisdictions today, there is a limited number of appointments to be handed out to your supporters. What politician wouldn't want his friends and allies in those key positions?Booth Martin wrote:So, its ok if people get fired because of their politics? rick baird wrote:well, after a generation of democrat governors hiring democrats, I'm sure that he didn't have to consider party affiliation very often. On 8/10/06, Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:"Ehrlich Adviser Details Firings Top Aides Directed Plan, Steffen Says By Matthew Mosk Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 10, 2006; Page A01 Joseph Steffen, the central figure in the probe of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s firing practices, testified yesterday that he identified numerous state employees for dismissal and that he did so at the direction of the governor's top aides. Steffen said he was not specifically instructed to target Democrats, but he did consider party affiliation while evaluating whether to retain certain state employees in Maryland's first Republican administration in a generation. ..." http://tinyurl.com/pcqhd Nice guys, eh? -- ----------------------------- Booth Martin www.martinvt.com ----------------------------- -- This is the Open discussion among iSeries Users (CPF0000) mailing list To post a message email: CPF0000@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/cpf0000 or email: CPF0000-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/cpf0000.
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