I have been emailing the Florida Secretary of State today, trying to get information on an article I am writing on corporate minutes scams (something I have blogged about in the past). The folks in Florida have been helpful, no complaint there, which is why I took the individual's name off the email below.
It is the footer in this email that bothers me, specifically the chart on the bottom left. My guess is that this footer is appended to all emails from government employees, at least of the Secretary of State's office. It strikes me the attached chart crosses the line from public information into the majority political party making a campaign point. Here is an enlargement of the chart:
My guess is that many Democrats in the state would not necessarily agree this is "the right direction". Certainly President Obama went on the record last week as saying that he thought that the decline in public sector workers was bad, not good.
I think readers know that I likely agree with the sentiments of the people who made this chart. I think increasing private employment and decreasing public employment is the right direction. But just as it is important to support free speech of people we disagree with or find objectionable, it is important to oppose government excesses even when we are in favor of its goals.
This is a great campaign chart. It is not an appropriate attachment to official government business mail.