Government will pay furloughed employees.
Now, the shutdown is simply because Republicans are throwing a temper tantrum about Obamacare. They can't actually defeat the law in open debate in congress so they'll force a shutdown.
Which in the long run will be fine with me, since after this shutdown is over the majority will blame the republicans and they will slip further into irrelevance. Now all we have to do is wait for them to lose a few more house seats and sooner or later the gerrymandering will come up and the democrats will basically run their asses off the map and we won't have to worry about tea bagging fucktards anymore...well maybe a district or two in Wyoming but until the human population outnumbers the cattle they won't be of any real consequence.
But back to what I was originally here to comment on. Paying furloughed employees.
ARE THEY FUCKING SERIOUS?
Supposedly, there are 800,000 government workers who are furloughed. That means they are not working, nor are they getting paid. Until this bill passed with basically universal support in congress and I believe that the president has said he will sign it.
Operative words in the furloughed employee explanation, NOT WORKING.
So they are going to get paid for work they don't do? Who the fuck thinks this is a good idea?
We've got a government who has basically borrowed every spare penny on the planet at one time or another and everyone is always bitching about how cuts need to be made and money needs to be saved and yada yada...and then they go ahead and pay 800,000 people for doing nothing!
These workers are going to get paid for sitting at home while the inept congress figures out how to pull its head out of its ass long enough to pass an appropriations bill.
Sorry, that's not fair. Its not fair to the American people who are paying their (our) salaries. Yes I am a government employee but I'm not furloughed. And yes, I am totally jealous. And its certainly not fair to the federal employees who are working through the furlough.
They are literally getting something for nothing. Which is about the most un-American thing in history.
Better solution, if at the end of the shutdown, employees who were furloughed decide they would like to take leave (vacation or sick or comp or whatever) to cover the lost furlough days and be paid for them that is fine, or they should come up with furlough premium. We get paid 10% extra for working at night, and 25% extra for working on Sundays. I think working for IOU's is worth a little bump, don't you?
If they choose not to take leave for those furlough days, well then fuck you. The federal workforce is like 2.1 million or something like that. That means that there are 1.3 million federal workers who are deemed "essential" or "excepted" and they've gotta work. Why on earth would anyone consider it "good business" to pay someone for work they didn't do?
And we wonder why we're 18 trillion in the hole.
Remember this shit America. Remember the obnoxiousness of shutting down the government over them not getting their way (toddler anyone) Remember that they paid 800,000 people for doing nothing. I hope that each and everyone of you feels this in one way or another so maybe when those next elections come around you actually pay attention.
- FIND OUT WHO THE INCUMBENT IS
- VOTE FOR THE OTHER GUY
- IF THERE IS NO CHALLENGER (THIS HAPPENS A LOT IN ILLINOIS)
- VOTE FOR "PETER GRIFFIN"
- REPEAT EVERY ELECTION UNTIL NO ONE HAS SERVED MULTIPLE TERMS
And remember, maybe if we actually pay attention and do what we are supposed to do then we can change Mr. Carlin's opinion of us...