A few comments:
"liberals" - Perhaps you want to check out a few of the other posts. From what I've seen most planners are gun owning libertarians or conservatives.
private sector work - We use a dedicated and talented planning consultant that I hold in high regard. Still, I often catch things he/they have missed. None of us is perfect. At the same time, I have worked with other consultants that give me reason to be very critical of the industry. "Search and replace" is not the way to write a village master plan, yet it is really obvious that some consultants do this. I can point to a string of communities where the plans are nearly identical except for the maps and the community name. (Black Earth Creek runs through the Village of Black Earth. Mazomanie Creek does not run through the Village of Mazomanie, Black Earth Creek does.)
El Guapo - missed you!
Yeah, I've had a motivation problem for a while. I set out to accomplish a number of things when I first came here, and for the most part, I have done it. Now I am searching for new projects to sink my teeth into, but it takes energy, I have less time because of increased work loads, meetings fill up my days and too many evenings, and I'm beginning to feel like I need more of a social life than I've been getting lately.
$4.22 per person, not including benefits. Our whole organization costs $10.65 per person.