“We don’t need no stinking
The Blazing Saddles quote comes
to mind while perusing a catalog of
idiot Christmas gifts from an
importer company of which
nobody’s ever heard. Offered is a set
of various holiday themed clips that
fit on a lanyard holding an ID card.
Having an ID card is the latest craze
for mega-corporations and organizations
that specialize in government
services, education or health care.
Everybody is issued a photo ID and a plastic
key programmed to open only certain doors.
The Edge considers the case of the Missouri
License Bureau that is open to the public. Why
does every employee wear a necklace of identification?
Logic dictates this reminds “civilians” that employees of the taxpayer are more important
than the taxpayer standing in the lines.
The Edge recalls the ironic old humor that
asks who is the most important person in the
room? One guy has a key to every locked door
in the White House the other doesn’t have any
keys. The point made was that the prior served
as janitor; the latter, POTUS.
While using their benefits, off-duty airline
employees wear their “Crew” necklaces to
avoid being hassled over boarding with four
suitcases for the overhead compartments, a
pizza, a flagon of orange juice and a two-gallon
bottle of water. On one recent flight The Edge –instructed to place one item overhead and
the other beneath a seat– overhears one such
credentialed employee explain she, was a gate
agent off on a family visit. She carried aboard
three valises and consumable provisions for a
Members of Congress must one-up the staff
people who work for them. Necklace badges
are supplanted by the “Member of Congress” lapel pin. Over the years, the pin has become
larger to the point of resembling an enamelpainted