Morale: just believe that government workers think lying is good?

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small,but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”  – President Obama, Inauguration (2009)

And as government gets bigger and tries to do more and more, it works less well at all of it.  You can thank Progressives for that.  This, however, just beggers the imagination – seriously, govt workers have to be taught that lying is bad???? Emphasis mine:

Orange County: government workers were not on clear notice not to lie in court, falsify evidence

“Using taxpayer funds, government officials in Orange County have spent the last 16 years arguing the most absurd legal proposition in the entire nation: How could social workers have known it was wrong to lie, falsify records and hide exculpatory evidence in 2000 so that a judge would forcibly take two young daughters from their mother for six-and-a-half years?

Lying is wrong.  Period.  Full stop.  Bad, bad, bad.  But seriously, after hearing for years that govt workers are smarter, more sophisticated, and just plain better than most of us in the private sector.  While one anecdote can prove little, this is telling me that government workers ARE better at something – being immoral.  Think about it – when is lying moral (especially in a courtroom)?

What makes this even MORE egregious is that these government workers made decisions about the lives of children and their parents!  Without details, I am seeing this from the inside out; I’ve seen good but also really, really bad.   Look, this is a hard business and decisions have consequences that will last for years. But GOLLY, to lie to get a desired result?  To make a case that was total fraud?  After all, if they had to do all that in court to win, how much falsification was done?  Certainly, the judge wasn’t all that impressed either:

The argument did not fare well as a hearing before Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Trott: “I’m just staggered by the claim that people in the shoes of your clients wouldn’t be on notice that you can’t use perjury and false evidence to take away somebody’s children. That to me is mind boggling.”

No, Obama, it doesn’t work.  At all.  Except, perhaps, in your Alinsky world where the only thing that matters is Power and that’s all these government workers wanted – the Power to redefine a family.

(H/T: Overlawyered)