Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
The estimate of how many federal workers have been rendered jobless as a result of the fringe Tea Party-precipitated shut down of the federal government varies widely. Some estimates are that immediately 800,000 federal employees were out of work and without pay as of October 1... the ripple effect could reach into millions as federally contracted workers are laid off and more federal employees are told not to come into work.
Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, members of the House and Senate continue to receive their paychecks on time. They earn $174,000 a year [...]
The irony is a bitter one: here is a group of tin foil hat ideologues who spout American Exceptionalism but represent American lunacy, greed and dysfunction. And they are getting paid for shutting down the United States government, putting perhaps millions out of work (due to the ripple effect), and terrorizing our economy. While the people that they put out of work are applying for unemployment, these demented lemmings are cashing their high-salary paychecks.
They are literally getting paid to make people jobless and make the federal government dysfunctional. Don't people get fired for that sort of egregious damage or may be go to jail? Isn't this sort of internal domestic sabotage?
As MSNBC reported, the federal workers have been besieged by the neo-Confederate rear guard of demented white political revanchists. ...
Federal employees have already had their pay frozen for the past three years. In addition, many of them have been furloughed without pay or received a salary cut as their employers have struggled to adjust to across-the-board sequestration cuts. For federal employee unions, the threat of a shutdown has only added to the sense that their members are under attack. [...]
If ever there were stark proof of the decline of the United States, this is it.
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