If You Want an Inch . . .
He had a friend in the maintenance department who was very upset about the firing and began watching the cleaning crew very closely. If they were a minute late coming back from break he reported them. If they went to the bathroom he reported them. If they stopped working for a minute he reported them. The engineering manager finally told him to knock it off and he was complaining about favoritism in the break room where I could hear him. Another maintenance worker told him that there was a big difference between getting 8 hours pay for going home and sleeping for six hours, and stopping for five minutes to catch your breath. He responded "Not if a friend is fired, it's all the same." I didn't say anything but I sure wanted to as I knew everyone involved and knew the fired guy was useless (another co-worker once said We had to take his pulse to see if he was still alive!) and the guy who complained was not simply a tattle-tale but a hard-working co-worker who had had enough. (The maintenance worker who was "avenging" his fired friend was fired shortly afterwards for drinking on the job after repeated warnings and repeated help given.)
It's a common thing. If you want an inch . . . be prepared to give me a mile or two. If you won't let me have a mile or two, don't ask for a single inch.
We are complaining about an out of control federal government. Does that mean we should reject every legitimate function of the federal government? Such an idea is absurd but seems to be the strawman that the left lifts every time we complain. The Constitution clearly lays out the responsibilities of the Feds and then the Tenth Amendment clearly states that everything not expressly referred to in the Constitution is the responsibility of the states and they can individually act on it as a state or let the individual citizen decide, but the Feds have to stay completely out of it. It is the responsibility of the federal government to do things like maintain highways, protect our borders and sovereignty (and they are doing that so well that we should trust them with anything else?), regulate commerce between the states (but intra-state commerce is entirely the responsibility of the state.) The feds have zero authority over education, welfare, "reproductive rights", etc. If they feel that the feds need that authority then they need to amend the Constitution to allow it. Even the Obama has admitted that the Constitution does not allow for wealth redistribution and he considers it a weakness of the Constitution, so he simply ignores it. Is he going to ignore the rest of the Constitution as well?
They are so busy interfering with the states' responsibilities that they are neglecting their own, like securing the border and keeping terrorists out (their two most important jobs at the moment).
Government is like fire. It's a useful tool but a deadly master. It must never be our master.