There’s More To Keeping Talent On The Hill Than Pay

Pay is low on the Hill but there’s more to the issue of whether to stay or go.

By Bret Bernhardt

This may sound like an esoteric and idyllic response to retaining good talent on Capitol Hill, because that is what it is. But all worthy efforts start with big ideas and lofty aspirations.

So is the remedy for what ails congressional talent retention.  

In all the important decisions we make in life, including those of aspiring Hill staffers, we consciously or unconsciously keep two factors in mind:

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Are The Only Truths Those That Sense And Science ‘Verify’?

Some famous figure whose name escapes me at the moment once remarked on how many people go through life as slaves of long-dead philosophers, an observation that likely applies to all of us at one time or another.

But if you consider the only truth to be those claims that are detected via the five senses and which can be verified scientifically, you might want to become familiar with an 18th Century philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume.

Dr. Frank Turek, the noted Christian apologist and co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” explains why in this brief video that gets right to the point:

 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Committee Staff, Courtesy of R Street Institute’s Casey Burgat

There are basically two classes of congressional aides — those who work for individual senators and representatives make up one while those known as committee staff are the other.

Casey Burgat is a senior fellow of the R Street Institute, which does a bang-up job of tracking Hill staffing trends. He recently completed a comprehensive look at where things stand on committee staffing that should be of interest to anybody hoping now or in the future to occupy such a position. What did Casey find? Continue reading “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Committee Staff, Courtesy of R Street Institute’s Casey Burgat”

Think Legislative Language Is Complicated? Check Out ‘Irreducible Complexity’ And Flagellum Motors

Biochemist Michael Behe introduced the concept of “irreducible complexity” with his 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box,” which made the case for the idea that there exists at the cellular level “a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.”

To put it more simply, irreducible complexity means there are things like the Flagellum motor that consists of multiple parts that must all come together simultaneously if it is to perform its intended function. Assemble it sequentially and it doesn’t work. Yes, that’s an argument for intelligent design.

Before you close your mind and move on, you might want to take a little more than three minutes to watch this amazing video from the aptly named Discovery Institute.

Have You Heard About The New ‘Consent Condom?’

One thing can be said for sure about capitalism and that is where there is a demand for a consumer product, there will be a producer to satisfy that demand if a profit can be made.  Thus, the new “Consent Condom” from Argentinian firm, Tulipan.

What is the Consent Condom? Glad you asked, particularly if you work on Capitol Hill. Put a bunch of smart young adults in a pressurized, highly competitive workplace and “things” inevitably happen. Now the name of the product makes sense, doesn’t it.

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How’d Your Brackets Do? Bet You Didn’t Know This About The UVA Coach, Tony Bennett!

University of Virginia Cavalier Head Basketball Coach Tony Bennett experienced the depths of disappointment last year when his team lost in the first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament to 16th-seeded UMBC.

Now Bennett is on top of the world, having led his Cavaliers back to the March Madness and come back against Texas Tech to win the school’s first-ever national basketball championship. But that’s not what makes Bennett most special.

Want to know what does? Go here and discover why he tells his teams the keys to winning on the court and in life are the five pillars. Bet you can’t guess where Bennett go those?

Oh, and sorry about those brackets. Maybe next year will be better. Hey, it could be worse. My Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t go anywhere this year. But watch out for them next year, especially you Hoyas!

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Could Jesus’ Disciples Have Been Fooled By A Con Artist?

Talk to enough colleagues on the Hill about Jesus and sooner or later one of them will tell you they don’t think He was resurrected because somebody came along three days after the crucifixion and conned the disciples by posing as the risen Savior.

In other words, all this died and resurrected on the third day stuff that is the core reality of Christianity is nothing more than the result of a hoax, according to such critics. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows a thing or three about con artists. He begs to differ and here’s why:

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