Government Shutdown: More And More Government Workers Being Re-Classified As ‘Essential’ So They Get Paid!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to read 'USA Today' article and watch to the two GOP doyens stroking each other -- in public, with no shame.

Click to read ‘USA Today’ article and watch to the two GOP doyens stroking each other — in public, with no shame.


I can tell YOU for a FACT that D.C. government workers who were furloughed on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, were being re-classified as ‘ESSENTIAL’ on Thursday, October 4, so that they can again start getting paid.

I have no problem, whatsoever, with that. I am glad. I do not want anybody to suffer because of rank stubbornness and stupidity of folks making $174,000 a year.

This whole shutdown is a farce.

The media, as ever, seems impotent when it comes to highlighting the facts. We heard that the furloughed government workers can claim UNEMPLOYMENT now — and pay it back IF they receive back pay.

I am more than happy for them to receive BACK PAY.

After yesterday’s inane car-ramming incident (by another deranged idiot) a crucial point came to light.

The Capitol Police ARE WORKING WITHOUT PAY — irrespective of back pay.

Kudos, THANK YOU and way to go.

Not so with many, many others. They are NOT working. They are staying at home.

While I understand that it is NOT their fault, why should they get back pay?

Who do they think they are … school superintendents in NH?

IF they like the Capitol Police go to work, irrespective of work, I will be DELIGHTED that they get back pay — even with a 5% bonus to pay for interest on money they would have had to borrow.

But, back pay if you don’t work.

What is this? U.S.A. or Italy?

All this said, I am still smiling. I am a political junkie. But, my politics are complicated. This shutdown does help further my agenda — though Obama is no longer a part of it. He is history. I am thinking 2014 and 2016.

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