If you're among the 7,700 current/former Washington Mutual employees in the Seattle area, did your chances of a top job in the Obama administration just take a hit? Prospective hires are being asked to fill out a 63-question job application that requires applicants to reveal the contents of their diaries, status of their nannies, and whether “you, your spouse or any member of your immediate family” has been affiliated with any institution getting a U.S. bailout, such as WaMu (now owned by Chase). Reports the NY Times:
Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages. The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.”
Even for a bureaucracy, the application smells invasive - with a whiff of political correctness. But as we all learn, there is the campaign, and then there's reality, once an electee begins to "take power" and "rule" (see above).