Welfare By Any Other Name (Would Still Stink as Badly)

Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report – Washington Times

Dozens of employees working for an obscure federal agency went years with little work to do, allowing them to collect salaries and bonuses while they shopped online, caught up on chores, watched television or walked the dog, an investigation revealed Tuesday.

The probe by the Commerce Department’s inspector general found that paralegals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board were paid more than $5 million for their time even though there was so little work for them to do that supervisors didn’t care how they used it.

When your real function is as an employer of last resort for people who likely would be otherwise unemployable, you can’t expect to attract the highest quality of employees.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Welfare By Any Other Name (Would Still Stink as Badly) — 6 Comments

  1. And, functioning as the ideal government office, the USPTO fucks up other people — nominally productive people — while doing nothing themselves.

    In theory, I support intellectual property protection. In theory, the concept of patents, trademarks, and copyright protection is good. In practice, tear it all down. Kill every government employee involved in the whole mess.

  2. It’s not the fault of the workers. I know a lot of people who did that. It’s the false inflation of the value of what is “Their job” that allows them and their administrators get away with it.

    Ace, some time ago had a thing about how “smart people don’t get bored, smart people find something to occupy their minds other then 200 rounds of golf and downloading porn. Smart people are the anti-thesis of bored, they are hyper in the pursuit of things that are interesting or can be made interesting.”

    That’s a good summary in my opinion. Not many people are so smart, so these people might be talented in their profession, but they are otherwise dumb, so when not required to do their job, they shop, or jerk off.

    So this is just an example of bloat, not incompetence.

    I would take a government job at 6 figures and little education if I had the opportunity, I just would be caught occupying my time learning how to hook up a tankless water heater, or doing crafts like gluing magnets to different things to entertain my nephews. Or researching the price of building underground garages, with secure hardwire perimeters and no surface entrance storage for a survivalist central plaza for when crap goes boom.

    Practical stuff.

  3. Also, patents and trademarks are public use so that people can know if they are infringing on your patents, so basically. . . it just serves the purpose of telling other people what you have invented, how to build it, and then not pay you, and thanks for the blueprints schmucks.

    It’s why The wright brothers and Elon musk didn’t and don’t use them.

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