Enough with the marches already! Ed O’Keefe reports on yet another march on Washington, for the Washington Post:
Amid growing dissatisfaction with federal employees, a group of younger, web-savvy feds are planning to march on Saturday in defense of their coworkers on the sidelines of Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.”
Organizers of the “Government Doesn’t Suck March” (their choice of words, not ours) were inspired in part by last week’s Washington Post poll that revealed widespread negative perceptions of federal workers.
“We hear it day in and day out: the government sucks, federal employees are lazy and their positions are redundant,” said march organizer Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, a social networking Web site for public servants.
“It’s time to turn the tables and remind the world that government employees just happen to be people — people that don’t suck,” Ressler said in a message sent to The Federal Eye on Sunday announcing the march. Government workers “are a lot of cool cats” who work hard, listen to good music and watch Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” “but that’s all after they’ve spent a whole day keeping the country running,” he said.
Ressler’s attempt to raise awareness while having fun jives with the spirit of Saturday’s “Sanity” rally and the mission of GovLoop, a site he launched in 2008 (around the same time The Federal Eye began!). The site counts tens of thousands of members — most of them under age 35 — across the country and around the world, who swap ideas, share tips and arrange to meet virtually or in person with counterparts from local, state, federal and international government agencies…
[continues in the Washington Post]