Wow the IRS (the US' tax department) has the most insipid hold music... and you invariably get to know it very well.

Normally, the IRS tells me that their lines are too busy, and ring back another day (they say to use their website, but because I'm overseas & have no US driver's license, I can't create an account)... today they finally let me join the queue, telling me the wait time is 15-30 minutes. Been waiting 50 minutes so far, and this is a toll call.

wow! Finally got through to someone at 54 minutes. They can't help me, but have transferred me to someone else... and there's a wait time of 30-60 minutes to talk to them.

Holy shit, what an insanely dysfunctional organisation.

Isn't it the case for most government jobs? I understand it's an essential service in any organized society, but around here all government employees seem to be miserable. My dad spent the later half of his career in a government job, and I've only known him complaining about it. My brother who followed his footsteps changes department or agency nearly every year.

I can't understand it. Job security with benefits cannot be worth it.


On the other hand, I know I've been fortunate job-wise, and many people aren't so fortunate.

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