Skip to comments.Shutdown Furloughs Indicate that 40% of Federal Workforce Is Non-Essential
Posted on 10/05/2013 11:06:14 AM PDT by John Semmens
Other than the high-profile barricading of selected tourist destinations there is little sign that the federal government shutdown is sparking the desired degree of panic in the population. Part of the problem may be that the 800,000 furloughed employees (about 40% of the total federal workforce) are non-essential.
Naturally, the question in many peoples minds is why does the government keep so many non-essential employees on the payroll? President Obama explained the rationale by pointing out that the federal government is the nations largest employer. As such, it is our responsibility to sop up otherwise unemployable persons and give them seemingly meaningful jobs.
The alternative, the President said, would be to have hundreds of thousands of individuals with non-marketable skills cast into the pool of the unemployed. The functions carried out by these workers are not the kind of tasks that customers would freely pay for if they had an option. By giving these people a desk, a computer, and paperwork to do we are allowing them a dignity and sense of worth that they might not get if they had to slave over a minimum wage job.
In related news, an unfortunate side effect of the shutdown has been an improvement in the federal governments cash flow. While revenues coming in have been mostly unaffected, expenditures going out have significantly dropped. As a result, the deficit has temporarily turned into a surplus. If this were permitted to continue there would be no need to raise the debt ceiling.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) described this development as a disaster and pleaded with Wall Street to use your financial muscle to bring the GOP back into line. Your government contracts, your subsidies, your tax breaksall depend upon a robustly growing federal government. If you dont step up now your gravy train will go off the tracks we have worked together so diligently to build over the years.
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The last shutdown I had to work and was told that I would get some annual leave when they decided to pay the ones that were not there. That was a lie of Clinton of course.
So we could easily cut the federal government by that much!
100% of the District of Corruption is non-essential. That whole sewer should be furloughed.
Add the fact that those indviduals reliably vote Democrat - in gratitude to their benefactors - and you have neatly explained the system. It's not even satire. :)
Nonessential=Not necessary and no account.
Just get rid of 400,000. It would be a great beginning.
OMG did he really just admit there are incompetent boobs on the government payroll who have no marketable skills
dammit! I missed that it was SEMI-NEWS...grrrr
(too close to reality)
But it is a paid vacation,so later it will be expenditures going out have significantly gone UP
lol. lol. lol.
Not furloughed. Hate that word. Laid-off is the appropriate term. That way there is no back-pay.
This story is obviously fake. Because in reality the figure is closer to about 90%.
More like fur load. The Neanderthals running this regime are just that.
“Laid-off” is pansy talk. It means your job is temporarily gone, but you have a chance of coming back when the job is reinstated.
The term you are searching for is the very old-fashioned “FIRED.”
The perfect example of BIG GOVT!!! 40% is NOT NEEDED!!
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