EPA Awards Employee Who Spent 2 to 6 Hours a Day Viewing Porn at Work

In a normal business, when you hire someone, you really need them to produce. Federal agencies, however, don’t experience such a need. Rather than an employee being a liability who must perform in order to compensate for the pay he receives, for a tax-fed bureaucracy a large number of employees are needed to justify a higher budget. While, in theory, the employee is supposed to be producing a good in exchange for his pay, outside the context of the market the relationship can often become the reverse—the employee is a value to the agency because he is an excuse to bring money to the agency.

Furthermore, if you want people to be lawless and loyal, then paying them for committing crimes is a way to encourage such loyalty among those who are unencumbered with a sense of morality.

The Daily Caller reports,

How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose his job?” Issa asked EPA officials, including the agency’s second-in-command, testifying before the House Oversight Committee. Issa chairs the committee.

“This individual spent four consecutive hours on a site called ‘sadism is beautiful,’” Issa pressed the EPA employees. “You are running an organization from which no one can get fired.”

Issa was pressing EPA officials to answer his question on whether or not falsifying documents is a crime. It is a crime, but Issa wanted an answer from the panelists. The EPA officials testifying before the House Oversight Committee struggled to answer Issa’s questions about agency employees falsifying federal documents by saying they are working while they were not.

An EPA employee has been viewing pornography while at work, and has even received performance awards for his time at the agency. The employee was even watching porn when inspector general agents visited his office. The employee had 7,000 porn files on his computer and had been watching porn for two to six hours per day since 2010. This employee still works at the EPA.

According to Issa, the employee was also committing a crime by filling out reports falsely claiming to have worked for the hours spent on porn. Other employees were also not working, including one who ran a business out of her E.P.A. office selling jewelry and weight-loss pills.

This same employee also loaded up her family and friends with paid internship jobs and then won “a prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, for which she got $35,000 in cash.”

I suppose we can now assume that every one of these discoveries is the discovery of an anomaly and that all other Federal agencies are full of productive and diligent Federal workers.

Or we can open our eyes to the bloated ticks that are sucking America dry.