an occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer.
This is what I understand as it’s primary meaning: one’s lifework. And therein lies the problem for those who worship Washington, D.C.
The WaPo has a front page story about an incoming Republican representative, Mike Kelly (4th CD PA). The story is condescending and reflects a certain willful cluelessness about the mood of the country. Poor Mikey, he’s got to be “schooled” on Washington’s “ways.”
Worst of all? Noting that Mike Kelly “begins an unlikely new career.” I don’t know Mr. Kelly, but I strongly suspect that he doesn’t view his arrival in Washington as the start of a “new career.” My guess? He views it as a temp job. He’s here to help drain the swamp, to shine some light on what goes on in Congress, and to cut spending. And then to go back to running his car business in Butler, Pennsylvania.
Why did Mike Kelly run for congress in the first place? From the WaPo:
Under the government restructuring [of General Motors], he could sell Chevrolets but not Cadillacs.
“Wait, wait, wait!” Kelly said he told a GM representative. “This is America. You can’t come in and take my business away from me. . . . Every penny we have is wrapped up in here. I’ve got 110 people that rely on me every two weeks to be paid. . . . And you call me up and in five minutes try to wipe out 56 years of a business?”
Welcome to ObamaLand, Mr. Kelly. Formerly the United States of America. Why shouldn’t a car dealer sell whatever he is able to? Because it wouldn’t be “fair” to other, less successful dealers? No, this is a clear example of socialism at work: government ownership of a major business (GM), and central planning of how GM goes about its business. Regardless of what it is labeled, this is not how we do things in my country.
I hope that Mike Kelly does not become so “schooled” in the ways of Congress that he joins the zombie pork brigades. But I’m not worried; he’s a man who’s actually worked for a living.