The resident faculty left a memo asking the staff to detail our job descriptions. They already know what we do, so that had to be a clue…. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s guest writers. On Monday, HurrikanEagle asked about The Forest and the Trees in Furthermore!, addisnana ranted On Ravens in Midday Matinee, and Lake Toba brought us a water security Case Study Introduction on Guinea Worm Disease in Evening Focus. On Tuesday, LI Mike discussed Fixing Medicare: GOP vs. ACA in Morning Feature and JanF celebrated a judicial victory with It’s Working in HEMMED In. On Wednesday, addisnana explored what happens After Disasters: Recovery or Foreclosure? in Morning Feature, HurrikanEagle had the Squirrel Preparing for Hurricane Season in Furthermore!, addisnana told a story of Storms Without Sirens in Midday Matinee, and Lake Toba shared a hopeful Case Study Conclusion on Guinea Worm Disease in Evening Focus. On Thursday, JanF discussed Meeting Our Obligations in HEMMED In, winterbanyan went Camping with Bears, Oh My in Midday Matinee, and DWG explored Internet Filters: What Decides What You Read? in Evening Focus. On Friday, JanF continued her Great Speeches series with The Bright Sunshine of Human Rights in Furthermore!, winterbanyan continued Camping with Tornadoes, and My Dad in Midday Matinee, and JanF offered our news Week In Review in Evening Focus. Over the weekend, JanF shared Saturday Videos in HEMMED In, addisnana gave us An Inside Look at Foreclosure in Furthermore!, JanF shared a heartwarming story of I Lost A Day in Midday Matinee, and also brought our Eco News Roundup in Our Earth. All are worth reading if you missed them.

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That leaves the resident faculty’s request for our job descriptions, in a memo they dropped off en route from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. We doubt the resident faculty want to update the BPI organizational chart. We don’t have one. So it had to be a clue.

In fact, looking more closely at their memo – the wine word stains make it difficult to read – they didn’t actually ask for job descriptions. They simply asked: What Is Your Job? Either they’d been drinking thinking too much to specify the question, or its vagueness was intentional. And since it’s Meta Monday, the staff decided this was a Meta Question.

What is your job?

The answers seem obvious, but the obvious often blinds us. In 2010, Republican candidates campaigned on creating jobs. Yet in 2011 Republican officials have blocked high-speed rail and other infrastructure programs while laying off tens of thousands of public workers. All while House Republicans offered a what they call a Plan For America’s Job Creators: repeal environmental and workplace safety regulations, cut corporate and individual taxes for business owners to 25%, expand domestic oil and coal production, and “assure investors and entrepreneurs our nation’s leaders are finally getting serious about paying off the debt” (i.e.: privatize Medicare and Social Security). And several Republicans campaigned repealing the minimum wage, most of them arguing a conservative theory that it “kills jobs.”

Democrats typically see jobs as how we support our families. Republicans see jobs as contributions to corporate and national productivity. As we’ll see this week, that difference is crucial to the GOP policies on employment.

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Happy Monday