If a federal employee cries out for help, but his office is deafened by bureaucracy, does he really make a sound?
So wonders one protestor, who asked the Obama administration on its We the People website to “help a government employee be heard in a sea of anonymity.” Speculating the federal government is “too big to care,” the digital dissident is asking his fellow federal workers to join him in a quixotic quest to give a voice to the little guy.
“Have you ever had an issue with your employer you couldn't resolve?” the protestor asked in his campaign description. “Do you ever feel you were wronged by your human resources group and no one cared enough to help you correct it?”
The employee complained of little accountability for decision makers, an inability to have issues resolved and a difficulty in getting people to listen. The underappreciated worker even had a message for any private-sector employees thinking about signing onto his petition.
“For anyone outside the government, we are not all overpaid, lazy people,” the author wrote. “Some are hard workers with the same problems you have and maybe more.”
Unfortunately for the would-be Champion of the Little Guy, the petitioner is being ignored and overlooked on the Web too. The campaign had collected just 200 signatures as of Friday afternoon, well short of the 100,000 needed to trigger an official White House response.