Quote of the Day - Journalism - a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.
Last March, the U.S. Forest Service told its workers that it was studying privitazing their jobs. The studies were supposed to cost $10 million, but questions have arisen over that number.
It turns out that the studies cost $24 million, according to the same AP writer, Robert Gehrke.
All to eliminate 41 jobs. Gehrke points out that the study determined that the government would actually spend $425,000 a year more to eliminate these jobs.
In a later paragraph, Gehrke quotes Thomas Mills, deputy chief for business operations at the Forest Service. According to Gehrke's quote, Mills "defends the studies and the decision to privatize Vester's team. He [Mills] said competitive sourcing will save the Forest Service $6.1 million a year, meaning the initiative will pay for itself in four years."
Which one is it Mr. Gehrke?