In 1983, as chief of staff for a newly-elected member of Congress, I interviewed many applicants for jobs in our office.
Some were earnest, sincere-sounding youngsters who said they wanted to “do something to help America.” I helped America by not hiring them.
Others were shopworn Capitol Hill veterans who had never worked outside of government. Didn’t hire them either.
Still others were recent law school graduates looking to work for low wages to get a foot in the door. No jobs for them in our office: Too many lawyers in Washington already.