Friday, October 30, 2015

Another "Anecdotal" Fairy Tale results in Major changes to Civil Service Job hiring opening door to Cronyism.

The blatant move toward complete political cronyism under Scott Walker, without one critical peep from conservative voters statewide, is downright frightening. It appears the authoritarian underpinnings in the Republican Party elite are taking hold in the minds of everyday conservative voters who are happy to do whatever it takes to stay in power. Even fool themselves.

It's now shockingly common place to come up with the craziest anecdotal stories heard wherever to justify public policy, while fact based evidence and historical examples are rejected as partisan. The consequences are breathtaking and real.

The Civil Service Reform Con: In a brief almost unnoticed story by the Journal Sentinel's Jason Stein, the last straw came from this revelation:
One of the examples used by Gov. Scott Walker to argue for overhauling the state's merit hiring system is proving difficult to document on paper. A spokesman for the Walker administration said that state officials relied on their memories when describing a 2013 case used by Walker and GOP lawmakers in recent weeks in arguing for the civil service bill … The case involved an unnamed short-order cook who scored so well on a civil service exam for a financial examiner job at the Department of Financial Institutions that he had to be given an interview, even though those in charge of the hiring judged him as clearly unqualified.
Never mind that Scott Walker also had fast food service work on his resume; or that it in some way suggests the short-order cook isn't allowed to move up the jobs ladder; or that perhaps they might have been between jobs at the time.

Republicans are never short of excuses with their arrogant "can't touch us" attitude, as seen below. We're supposed to mindlessly believe whatever anecdotal story they think will help move their agenda forward. Sadly, it's been doing gangbusters so far, so let the fairy tales continue:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel requested the personnel file for that financial examiner hire to better understand what happened in that case. 
Administration spokesman Cullen Werwie: “We have no records to release in response to the specific question about a resume for a short-order cook.  It is worth noting that disclosure of prior job type could have been made in a number of different ways...”
The Journal Sentinel made its open records request after the Department of Financial Institutions declined to name those involved in the case.
"We respectfully decline to provide the name of the successful applicant, because it is not relevant," Financial Institutions spokesman George Althoff said in emails last month. "...The relevant point is that a candidate who lacked the necessary skill set made it through a flawed and antiquated hiring process.”
Can Goldilocks breaking into the house of three unarmed bears be next?

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