What does the federal government shutdown mean to the average hard-working American taxpayer? For that matter, what does it mean to any private sector American currently employed virtually anywhere in the country?
If you’re like me; absolutely nothing! Have you even noticed the “shutdown”? Has it caused you any pain and suffering? I likely think not.
Now I’m not completely devoid of feelings or empathy. I do feel bad that no-name government employees were furloughed. They went to work on Monday and on Tuesday they were told they had been temporarily laid off.
Yes, I felt bad for them until I did a little digging. The feeling of pity quickly turned to loathing. I was going to let it go until I heard a report on the radio.
It was a local broadcast, but I’m sure it was repeated nationwide. The report, which sounded more like an advertisement, was that the various federal government departments that furloughed workers would be sending affidavits to workers in order to streamline and speed up the process of applying for and receiving unemployment benefits.
In fact, the government was urging those furloughed workers to “quickly” apply for unemployment insurance.
What’s wrong with that, you may ask? They are just looking out for their penniless employees, forced out on the street by heartless conservatives.
What’s wrong with that is that they are able to do it. Have you heard of any private sector company or organization with the ability or clout to “expedite” the receiving of unemployment benefits? I thought not. Your average company that lays off workers doesn’t have that kind of clout.
The feds even have their own program called “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees” (UCFE). Of course they do. They wouldn’t want to lump their employees in with the rest of us serfs.
Well it gets better, or worse, depending on your point of view.
Every time there has been a government shutdown in the past, those poor nonessential public-sector workers are laid off. The dirty little secret (update: the secret’s out) is that 100% of the time those poor furloughed workers received their full back pay. This time will be no different.
Ain’t life grand! As a nonessential government employee, one doesn’t have to work very hard — one gets to take off every holiday under the sun, plenty of vacation and sick days and every once in a while, one gets a paid vacation for a couple of days to maybe even a few weeks.
While on vacation, your employer sees fit to expedite the collection of unemployment benefits and when the nonessential government employee returns to work, they get a big fat retroactive paycheck. It will be Christmas in October for some. I guess it’s good to be nonessential.
Time off — an unemployment check and back pay. Still feel sorry for them?
If you still wish to feel sorry for someone, try the private sector businesses that service these nonessential workers — the stores and coffee shops, etc. that the furloughed workers would frequent. Where is their expedited unemployment? Where is their back pay?
Funny how we never hear about them from Harry Reid and the rest of the Statists on Capitol Hill. It’s all about the government worker.