I was enjoying Dave's entry from yesterday and the pro-Sheila blog he links to there. I thought Brad's comments about being a perfectionist were interesting and after commenting in both of these threads, I realized there was something more to say.
Is it only in Carbondale that promising to work harder would be a campaign issue that is used against you? Can you imagine the job interview where you have two candidates on campus, and the search committee asks each how hard they work. One says, I'll do whatever it takes, work at least 40 hours a week (maybe more) and be there day in and day out to be successful. The other says, I think that I will work for 10 to 20 hours a week, because I have lots of other commitments and family issues. The search committee would say, let's take the 10 hours a week! Not even at SIU does this happen. We all know what a business would say.
When did it become OK to run for public office on a platform of little work and less effort? The work product is effected by the effort, in the most fundamental ways.
Maybe this is what happens when almost everyone is town is a state employee? When did it become a point of pride to work less and do less?
When you can hold two records up next to each other, when did become OK for the person who has done nothing to complain about the person who does a lot?
Is this a sign of a broken culture? Should we be worried?
Why would anyone vote or hire someone who promises to do less and have less accomplishments?