For the folks who are employed by the Federal Government that are deemed “essential” and that aren’t being paid.
Now, for most of the rest of the country’s citizens, being laid off (furloughed) is a fear and a thing that must be dealt with….But when a factory worker is laid off he or she can go find other work, or can choose to try and live off of unemployment.
But if one is an “essential” worker, then one cannot do that.
And it’s been long enough that these folks that aren’t being paid are likely starting to hurt.
I think they should be paid for the work they are doing. Alternatively, don’t operate those departments and see how the people like it when they don’t have those service. Shut down the ATC and the airlines and see what happens. Or other departments that are “essential”….
If they are working, pay ’em. If not working, don’t.
This charade is unfair and, frankly, stupid.
(And yes, I know I was unsympathetic to those who, 4 days after missing a paycheck claimed to have had to go to a soup kitchen to eat…that is different…4 days? ….now it is getting serious. Missing 2 paychecks is where it begins to hurt, and where one is up against late fees for missed payment dates and other such issues. Missing one paycheck and being in financial trouble shows bad fiscal management…missing two (with little likelihood of the issue being resolved soon) is where it starts to get serious.)
One would wonder why the Democrats care so little about the Federal Workers such that they would refuse to even try, but would rather see those 800,00+ folks not get a paycheck rather than let a dime be spent for a barrier to prevent all the illegal invasion taking place? I mean, they gave away significantly more than three times that to the countries from which most of our
invaders border crossers came from (didn’t help the poor folks of that country, just enriched the oligarchs) yet they won’t spend a nickel actually enforcing the border integrity to protect the economic welfare and the security of the citizens of the US.
Why is that?