- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
HURT: Obama and Boehner agree on one thing: Giving the shaft to Americans
Our leaders unite — against us
Just when you thought nobody around here could agree on anything, Democrats and Republicans in Congress come together to unanimously express their unified and unwavering view of the innocent American taxpayer: SCREW YOU!
That’s right. You can’t get these people to agree on whether it’s raining outside, but when it comes to their deep disdain for us suckers paying all the bills around here, a hot case of venereal bipartisanship breaks out all over the place.
Over the weekend, the House held a vote and agreed — without a single exception — that when this government shutdown is all over, all these “nonessential” government bureaucrats who have been loafing around at home all this time will be given back pay for work they did not perform.
So instead of getting a little taste of the furloughs, layoffs and firings actual American workers have been suffering for years in this nasty economy, these federal bureaucrats would be granted extended paid vacations.
Throughout history, federal government shutdowns have carried their own unique silver lining: The federal government was shut down.
It is, literally, the only time we innocent taxpayers get any relief from this crowd of bureaucrats who want to control every little aspect of our lives and spend all of our money and wreck our good credit.
Sure, during a government shutdown, we have to endure 10 times more from the media in full hissy-fit mode about their beloved federal government getting a little temporary trim. But at least a shutdown is a rare reprieve for us taxpayers from having to pay all of these “nonessential” bureaucrats in the federal government.
And they actually call them that: “nonessential.” How does one come back to work after realizing you are “nonessential”? In the private sector, “nonessential” is called “unemployed.”
But here in the la la land of happy bureaucrats, “nonessential” is just a temporary little spell that happens every 15 years or so when politicians get into such a fracas that they make Babylon look like the Garden of Eden.
This being the federal government, taxpayers are not the only ones getting screwed.
How about all the poor chumps in the federal government deemed “essential”? They are still working and probably working twice as hard. And, yet they know full well that when their “nonessential” colleagues return from their extended R & R, those loafers are sure to be paid for all the work that they did not perform.
That’s the federal government for you. It always pays people not to work and punishes those who do.
• Charles Hurt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @charleshurt.
About the Author
- HURT: Postal Service misses address by a whole continent
- HURT: Let us all give thanks for George Mason and the Bill of Rights
- HURT: Obama is a greater threat than Toronto's crack mayor Rob Ford
- HURT: It's the Democrats, not the GOP, facing a looming civil war
- HURT: Sarah Palin knew a death panel when she saw one
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- Obama tries to calm Israeli fears over Iranian nuke deal 'not based on trust'
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion tops $17 trillion for first time
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Opinion, analysis, and musings on politics, pop culture, reinvention, and the resultant flotsam and jetsam floating around the right-of-center quadrant of the Left Coast.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!