Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Utah's legislative leaders whined to the media today that mean ol' Jon Huntsman didn't properly genuflect before them before he decided to switch state employees to a 4 day work week.
Left out.
That's how some state lawmakers felt when Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. instituted a four-day work week without their input or approval.
Huntsman announced the change in late June and on Aug. 4 state employees switched over to working 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday.
"The governor gave us a heads up, but I don't recall any consultation on it," said Senate Majority Leader Curtis Bramble. "We probably got 48 hours notice that he was going to announce it."

It takes a lot of nerve to complain about etiquette when you are the same guy who chewed out a pizza delivery girl for not taking his personal check because you see yourself as a very important and powerful person above such trivialities as the rules that apply to everyone else.

Other legislators were more diplomatic in their complaining:
It might have been wiser for Huntsman to get more collaboration at the start, said Rep. Douglas Aagard, R-Kaysville, who co-chairs the Government Operations Interim committee.
"Any time you involve stakeholders - and we definitely are - if you thoroughly vet it, you get a better product."
To paraphrase a commenter on the article, what about voters? When were we consulted about vouchers, the $24 million for Real Salt Lake, restricting wildlife ballot initiatives, and now the attempt to limit further initiatives/referenda? Let's go back into the wayback machine to Monday with our favorite senator who a few hours later was blacklisted by pizza delivery drivers:
Monday, Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, R-Provo, told the Deseret News editorial board that government doesn't work best when elected representatives are constantly, and frivolously, overruled by the citizens they are elected to make decisions for. In other words, the pure democracy of initiatives and referendums doesn't work well compared to the republican form of government of elected representatives.
Apparently, government works best when lobbyists and special interests can give lawmakers all kinds of perks, gifts, and campaign donations so that the lawmaker can pass laws that favor said interests and then lawmakers can retire on their campaign war chests before voter can get wise of the scam.

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