Despite what the government employee unions might claim, the only reason for the
federal government to hire any worker or to keep them employed is to perform a
vital service that taxpayers need to have performed.I get the
impression from the signs that these workers think they are just entitled to a
job because they always had one. It's not a "jobs program."That is a major part of the entire problem, to surface with the next
crisis, our borrowing of about 30 cents of every dollar the federal government
spends. We just have too many people doing too many jobs that are not truly
essential. And we are bankrupt as a result.We really need to cut
the federal workforce by about 25% overall. Not uniformly across the board, but
completely eliminate some functions, offices, agencies or departments, and cut a
few to a smaller extent.Those who disagree need to explain just how
Congress can pay current salaries and still pay off the nearly $17 trillion we
already owe. Or, do you just want to stick it all on your children's tab
and let them worry about it?Government employee unions should be
outlawed as well.
I agree w/D News Subscriber. We need to get rid of all unions and
regulations. If only we gave the rich more tax cuts while getting rid of all
welfare, food stamps, and min wage, then everything would be better.
-- "... the only reason for the federal government to hire any worker or to
keep them employed is to perform a vital service that taxpayers need to have
performed." --That's why we hire Presidents and members of
Congress too. Not only are they not performing the vital service that we need to
have performed, they are continuing to get their paychecks. And many of them are
actually brazen and shameless enough to take the money.
Great illustration of our bloated federal workforce.
Oh, how sad....let them go get a real job and find out how productivity is
needed to hold a job in the real world. There are way too many federal,employees
with fat salaries and huge benefits. We would do fine without 50% of them.
Love these comments. I was out of work for 4 months and you didn't see me
standing outside of my dysfunctional Congressman's (Jim Matheson) demanding
Most Federal employees make less than $50,000 yr and most have college degrees.
They are not overpaid. By shutting down the IRS the gov't is losing tons
of revenue. Auditors routinely collect over $1,000 per each hour worked. For an
office of 10 that is $80,000 a day, $400,000 a week, 1,600,000 a month. This
shutdown is stopping the gov't from collecting back taxes in the millions
everyday. Dumb move if you are looking for revenue.
Just a FYI when you find out that your job is labeled Non essential that means
they really do not need you at all to make things run at the office. Only Non
essential workers were laid off. the EPA 94% deemed non essential. so can we
fire those and keep the 6% that make the place work? only 80% of Homeland
security was deemed essential so we can let go of the 20% that are just
collecting a free gov't check.
Who owns America? Who are the stockholders? Who has invested time and money in
the American nation? Who has given their lives, their sons and daughters to
protect and support America? Who has created the product of America?If America was a corporation and the American people the stockholders, would
we not have a right to a share of the profits? Would we allow a minority of
the board to deny the benefits of the corporation because of primitive
instincts?Will we allow America to sink back into the mire of
benefits only for the few?Our government, the executive management
of our nation, should be willing to share the profit and benefits of America
with all Americans. If private enterprise fails to provide income to our people
the government should hire every American and pay them a living wage.
I'm afraid your view is wrong and straight from Faux News. Have you ever
been inside to see what is done? Not likely. Every person is performing a job
to accomplish something the Congress and Administration passed.Personally,
I hope all of the Service Support Contractors left the building first. Any
contract that is a Option for FY14 should be terminated, due to a lack of
funding. The Govt will be in default. Anyone check on the F-35 or some other
weapon system that is unaffordable? Good time to cancel it now. There are a
myriad of contracts for services for each department that is on Annual
Appropriation. Kill them, send the contractors to the streets now. Otherwise
the Contracting Officer may be guilty of misappropriation and Fraud.
In spite of what this article implies, there is really little concern from those
outside of the employment of the Federal Government regarding this so-called
government shutdown. It has almost zero impact on the lives of the vast majority
of Americans. Further, most of the screaming comes from the government employee
unions who likely voted Democratic in the last presidential election. Maybe they
now get a small taste of their foolishness. This shutdown begins and ends with
Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats under Harry Reid who refuse to even talk
with House Republicans. What Obama and Reid want is for the House to fund all of
Obamacare, even those changes (19 of them) that Obama has unilaterally and
unconstitutionally changed since the original bill was passed. The Republicans
have every right to question the law since it has changed so much. Harry Reid
totally neglected his responsibility in refusing to pass funding of the
government through the proper appropriations process. Now, Obama and Reid want
it all funded in one massive bill without negotiation. Of course the Republicans
and the American public should tell them no.
If federal employees want my sympathy I wouldn't let the news media try to
make an IRS employee their poster child. An out of work IRS agent is true
justice. Keep them that way.
To all those "frustrated" federal employees: Welcome to our world.
Welcome to the world of those of us in the private sector. Welcome to the
insecurity of knowing that your job may come to an end any day without
warning.In the private sector, if our companies perform poorly, we
get laid off. If our companies perform well, they get acquired by a behemoth
and we get laid off. We all signed our death warrants the day we signed the
acceptance sheet. Oh, and our employers don't have rules that we can only
work a maximum of 40 hours a week, unlike yours. Plus we're expected to
deliver results, and we can't blame bureaucracy for accomplishing
nothing.I would love to be federal employee except I can't
stand bureaucrats. Other than that, you've got it way better than the
private sector, even with your poor furlough (which, once the government
reopens, means you'll get full retroactive pay, making this furlough
essentially an unplanned paid vacation).
the noted problems in the article do not address the Dem's absolute refusal
to discuss ANYTHING except getting EVERYTHING they want...that is not working
together...in fact, the Reps approved EVERYTHING that the Dems wanted, EXCEPT
funding for Obummer Care... Apparently taht is not good enough for HArry Ried
and the Dems. So lets talk about who is REALLY negotiating and who is not.
It makes me sad to hear so many commenters telling these people that they are
useless and to get over losing their jobs. I don't care who you are, it is
just plain difficult to lose your income and to be told you are
Expected comments from the "I built it all by myself" crowd. Who walk on
paths they created to hunt their own food and and exist on their own. Anarchy
isn't all it's chalked up to by the yahoos on the radio.I
agree Aephelps14 they are a sweet ilk.
Rob Bishop was one of the 80 congressmen who petitioned Boehner to demand that
the government be shut down. Apparently he and most of the people who commented
on this article are unaware that the financial backbone of Weber and Davis
county are federal jobs. If you own or work in a restaurant, tire store,
grocery store or etc. who do you think your customers are? Do you really think
it is not going to affect you? When the federal workers on your block start
losing their houses to foreclosure, what do you think that will do to your
property values? When those foreclosed houses are bought at auction by an
absentee landlord and they are rented out to just any sketchy character that
comes along, do you think your neighborhood will be a good place to raise
I don't know what the solution is but I find it unfair to stop federal
employees from working. What about the private sector? People shouldn't be
punished just because their employer is the Federal Government. Would pay be
stopped if money came from lawmakers and their perks?
Let them eat cake and drink Tea Party kool aid. Plutocracy is alive and well in