Alright, so I was watching the Senate discuss more amendments to H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the latest economic stimulus bill. Anyway, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was talking about his amendment and some health care stuff, when all of a sudden, he breaks off on to the subject of pornography being viewed at work by some of the staff at the National Science Foundation, and that we need to make sure that stimulus money isn’t going towards wasting time at work (whether that’s pornography or not – people should be doing work at work, not viewing pornography or playing Free Cell). Here’s that video clip, courtesy of C-SPAN:
I will say, I love the looks coming from whoever was sitting behind him. This one really caught me off guard. I was watching it, but doing other things, but all of a sudden, this snapped me back into paying attention.
It’s never a dull day in the Senate!
But Grassley is right. If my tax dollars are going to the NSF, I at least want work to be getting done. The fact that it was pornography just adds insult to injury. I don’t care if it’s as innocent as playing Asteroid, it’s government TIME. And the fact that the one manager was using up 20% of his work time to do this is just appalling! We need more oversight if we’re going to be putting money into this, and this is proof of that need.