Honestly, I really feel I have to address this topic publicly in my blog, because it sorta makes my head explode when I hear people (whom I assumed were educated, rational adults or, as I like to call them, non-foreigners) spout their nonsense about some kind of secret government conspiracy aimed at doing one thing or the other. Usually, the theory starts in some email that someone forwards me -- Although, to be fair most of my emails come from my dad, but I totally forgive him because he is not really a "typer," he's more of a "fwd'er" and likely doesn't really read what he sends me, because he kinda takes after me (or would that be the other way around?? One can never really know) and is likely too lazy to read to the end where it says that the US government is plotting to steal your babies and feed them to the stray dingos in Sudan - but only if your babies are those unfortunate babies who fall into the lower tax brackets, but also have carrot-red hair and freckles because dingos prefer tender freckled babies.
However, I say to the people who buy into these theories who are NOT my dad:
Have you ever actually MET a government worker?? Have you ever been inside a government building? Have you read this blog?? I'm pretty much the cream of the crop of the mediocrity that is government service. Then, when you start talking about this big secret plot, have you actually thought it all the way through? PUH-LEASE!
Have you seen how many forms you have to fill out to get GSO to come over to fix something that was not on your form and then they realize that they didn't bring your form, so they just wander around your house and move something around to make it look like they were there doing GSO-ey stuff?? Have you seen how hard it is just to get a shitty pen made by blind people that will only write for about 2 lines? So difficult that you finally just bring a pen from home! (Wait! that actually may be a secret government plot to prevent its workers from stealing pens and saving money on buying new pens....I'm going to look into it FIRST THING!)
The Finance people would make us get three bids from the evil plotters, and then we'd end up going with the lowest bidder who probably wasn't really "evil" so much as just kinda cranky and unattractive...
Methinks we're just not that competent. Believe me, I've met me. I'm not that good.
I was in Pakistan from 1999. During that time, someone started a rumor that if you were physically in the USA when the ball dropped in 2000, you would automatically be granted citizenship. Ridiculous, right? I mean, did they think the USG was going to hire a bunch of of the old bell ringers from Christmas to go around handing out green cards in Times Square? Why the hell would anyone believe this?
We had to close the Consular section in Islamabad because we were mobbed with visa applicants.
SO, unless you want me to start lumping you in with the masses of unwashed visa applicants, stop with the conspiracy theories!! If I have learned one thing in my wasted years of USG service: The Government may actually WANT to pull off all these evil plots, but it's frankly not competent enough, we're too lazy to fill out all the required memos and forms, and a conspiracy would be leaked to the press within 4 minutes of someone cooking it up.
Besides, everyone knows that ANY EVIL PLOT is the work of Canada. Now we just need to figure out how to prove it!
Sometimes? I'm Judgmental. Also, Seattle!
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