Congratulations are due to all the state government employees who walked the walk toward wellness. Gov. Dave Heineman this week recognized those who participated in the Walk This Way event, part of the state’s wellness program, which encourages participants to log at least 700,000 steps in a year. Of the 5,800 employees and spouses who enrolled, more than 80 percent achieved the goal. About 2,000 recorded at least 1 million steps, while 100 reached 5 million or more and 10 logged 7 million steps.
As sequestration spending cuts have closed the White House to public tours, another example of federal foolishness surfaces: Internal Revenue Service officials spent about $60,000 to film two videos — one a parody of “Star Trek” and one that parodied “Gilligan’s Island.” The “Star Trek” takeoff was shown at a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have had any training value. The IRS says it was an error for employees to make the video, adding, “There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.” No kidding.
Sen. Ernie Chambers recently mounted a filibuster and took up hours of floor debate because he failed to get one of his bills voted out of committee. Senators fail to get their bills voted out of committee all the time. Sometimes those rejected bills involve issues of great importance to the sponsoring legislator. But it would be absurd and irresponsible for them to launch filibusters every time that happened. In cases like this, the basis of the resulting filibuster isn’t the public interest or the needs of the Legislature. It’s personal pique.