Porn at work: Congressman seeks to ban viewing ‘X’-rated sites on government time

Representative Mark Meadows has introduced the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act.  The bill, if passed, would enact a law prohibiting government employees from accessing pornography on government owned computers and mobile devices.

As unsettling as it may sound, this bill was result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) discovery a $120,000-a-year employee was logging as much as six hours a day viewing online pornography while at work.  Viewing pornography at work is of no use to the environment or the public.

Don’t federal agencies already prohibit visits to “naughty” websites?

Woefully, it required the discovery of employee abuse to introduce this bill.  While there are deeds one cannot altogether prepare for, conjecture should have involved this type of behavior given the access to a computer and availability of online pornography.

We understand how no employee has an unblemished record at work, how some seek to fill emotional voids for the lack of excitement in their lives, enjoy innocuous habits, beg for a refuge from the mundane, but the government should hunt for more ambitious employees and dismiss unproductive ones.

This sounds like a noble idea and a bill which should not create partisan wrangling in Congress; however, irresponsible obstructionists are omnipresent in the legislative branch to offer their own variant of a principled refusal.  One never knows how this bill could be designated as inequitable or prejudiced.

Let’s hope this bill does not meet resistance from Pelosi, Boehner or be greeted by Obama’s veto.  As for the unnamed EPA employee, he should ply his craft elsewhere while not on taxpayer time.

[Slate] [Western Journalism]

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