Ya know. I was going to behave. I was just going to let this issue die mostly because I’m tired of talking about it; but also because this is not a blog about this state’s transportation department. It’s not a blog for this state’s transportation department.
But, as a citizen of this state, I’m going to damn well not be intimidated about talking about an organization that my tax money funds, even though, frankly, the subject bores me to tears.
Was this a revelation to anyone? No. We’ve all come to accept these budgeting slights-of-hand from every governmental agency, not just VDOT – which is why my post was a rather run-of-the-mill observation of an irony.
This ain’t the Huffington Post, people. It’s a blog with a handful of readers – or it was until VDOT made it a high traffic site that drew attention. Seriously, if they didn’t want the public seeing their workers standing around, all they had to do was stop hitting the site for two straight days, because for a day and a half they were the only new people showing up on Site Meter. The rest of you I know couldn’t care less.
I’m not sure what the department is upset about. One guy claims it’s the picture of everyone standing around, for which I thought they had a valid excuse. But, honestly, because they are being so defensive about it, I almost wonder if I didn’t hit a nerve…And I’m sure no one else has ever observed a group of DOT workers standing around, right?
Mostly what seems to be at issue is that I repeated in my blog about the last minute spending -- something told to my husband without caveats. It wasn’t told as a secret; it wasn’t even prefaced with a “don’t tell anyone, but…” It was told as ironically as I wrote it.
Now this seems to be the crux of the whole issue: VDOT management is interrogating their employees to find out who told tales out of school. Because, you know, the ten other people who read this blog – most of whom don’t even live in this state – might be outraged. So VDOT management continues to waste money on an issue no one but VDOT knows or cares about.
And, while I hate to be glib about someone losing their job, whoever talked to my husband had to have known the nature of his employers and their policy on public disclosure. It is not my or my husband’s responsibility to edit their discussion. Sorry. I don’t have a VDOT employee manual.
Besides, he was basically telling a taxpayer that our money was being wasted. Did he think we would be happy about that?
Incidentally, in perusing the web, I don’t think I could be accused of “making a mess” at VDOT (as accused by Anonymous VDOT employee). Someone started before me. Could this be why they're so sensitive?