Skip to comments.Dem Leader Demagogues Federal Shutdown [semi-satire]
Posted on 01/13/2019 8:45:27 AM PST by John Semmens
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) used the deferral of paychecks for federal employees due to Congress failure to approve the appropriation of funds to cover this expense as an inspiration to liken Trump to a pre-Civil War slave driver.
Back in 1860 millions of people were forced to work without being paid, Hoyer observed. We called that slavery. Now, with President Trump refusing to compromise by accepting our Partys refusal to budge an inch on his request for $5 billion to fund border security as a precondition for Democrats to approve funds for ending the government shutdown, federal employees have been effectively enslaved.
Trump called Hoyers analogy absurd. In 1860 it was Democrats that instigated the Civil War in an effort to preserve slavery. It was Democrats that put chains on their slaves. It was Democrats that whipped, raped, terrorized and killed those they held in bondage. To call the temporary interruption of payments to federal employees akin to slavery denigrates the true suffering the Democrat Party inflicted on people of color and the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who died or were maimed in the successful campaign of Republican President Lincoln to abolish the vile institution of slavery.
Hoyer defended his accusation saying that the unfairness to federal employees should be self-evident. Nonessential employees who are enjoying furloughs and leisure will get the same back pay as essential employees who are required to keeping working. Since employees who are required to work have the same rights as those who were not required to do any work they are being treated unfairly. The only equitable solution would be to recognize and reward the essential employees with overtime pay on top of their normal salaries. This would compensate them for the paid time off granted to nonessential employees.
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Someone needs to inform Stoyer that those slaves did NOT have to pay any mortgages or go buy their own groceries. Also their clothing.
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