One of my siblings became a vegetarian after a brief stint working for the United States Department of Agriculture and having read the reports on poultry processing plants. That’s the sort of Grand Guignol reflected in the recent USDA report on swine slaughtering plants. Among the findings were that inspectors weren’t doing their jobs and even when they did their jobs there was no enforcement of the regulations. What went out the door carried the “Inspected” sticker nonetheless. Consequently, repeat violators were not deterred.
You don’t need to look too hard to find Democrats complaining that Republicans want to have too few food inspectors to keep the food supply safe or weaken regulations so their fatcat donors reap ever-higher profits. So, Democrats want to hire more inspectors who don’t do anything and impose more regulations that nobody enforces?
IMO we’re in drastic need of Civil Service reform. The laws that protect members of the Civil Service are more than a century old and enacted when the Civil Service was tiny and nearly powerless. Do I need to document that conditions have changed? Perhaps our Civil Service procedures and policies should change with the times.
I’m not sure what really needs to be done. Just as a hipshot suggestion, why not require that Civil Service employees be evaluated on the curve? At least half should receive at least minorly unsatisfactory performance reviews and at least 14% seriously unsatisfactory performance reviews. I’m open to other suggestions or counter-suggestions.