just a thought but its early
... we are learning that there are LEGIONS of "Non-Essential" US government workers in the system.
Now, we've been running Government Deficits of a $Trillion Dollars for years... and the federal reserve is running up it's balance sheet at the rate of a $Trillion a year as well. We are leaving a total financial DISASTER behind to saddle our Children's future with here in America.
So, what I want to know is: Who are all of these "Non-Essential" workers, and who the heck HIRED them?
Given the fiscal crisis inherent in these huge, huge deficits, can we really AFFORD to hire legions of non-essential workers?
The highlight of this Government Shutdown is the magnitude by which it is exposing the huge amount of government waste that is so heavily larded onto the U.S. Government bureaucracy.
Mr. Obama is saying we can't cut ANY government spending...
... yet it's AMAZING how functional the government actually IS... right NOW... after sending home all of those non-essential government workers!
I run a couple of businesses, and if I hired a bunch of non-essential workers, I would be going BANKRUPT...
... just like the US Government is going bankrupt.
I think we Annaly investors KNOW what's going to happen when the fed starts "unwinding" their balance sheet of treasuries and agencies... higher interest rates, and the same kind of "depressant" on the economy that paying down the national debt would cause... recession. We CAN'T keep spending like this... on "non-essential" government workers.
Say what you want in reply to me, but you KNOW I'm RIGHT about what all this is leading to eventually.
Two days proves alot. Another idiot tea bagger who don't understand that if they did not work for the gov they would take a private sector job. all you crybabies want services but don't want to pay, just like the jerks in congress. I like to know the food I eat is safe, the highways are paved and planes stay in the air. pay your taxes and shut up
A blind fool......The entire government, every department, in every branch accounts for trillions of fraud, waste, mismanagement, graft, fat benefits, to the tune of a bucket leaking water at 25%. Try keeping the bucket full when 25% keeps leaking out. Join the fire brigade oopally.....they need more taxpayers, paying a higher rate to fetch more water trying to keep the bucket full as it leaks out. Stat with the IRS, and then the EPA. Do a real cut to a real budget, instead of cutting the rate of growth spending. Plug the Frickin Hole in the bucket stupid, and then make a smaller bucket to keep full with the income and spending resources balanced to keep it full. You must really think you are getting good service for what you are paying in taxes.
All government contracts have a payoff to someone involved in the chain of contacts for the Senator or Congressman, President, or Department Head who make that contract happen. Not my idea of good government.
Amen Gary and many others here. This house of cards is so far from who we were, the system designed by the Founders, etc. It's a bloated inefficient POS. I worked in State Govt, cut 15%+ of pure waste from my division and was chided by my colleagues and some of my team for 'giving away our money'. If we don't need it, we don't spend it. If we can do it cheaper, we do so. I ran it like a business and made improvements in every metric except reward, recognition and appreciation!
DJB thank you for what you did we need to get you to head up a movement
It is good to know government workers care and realize the problems my hat is off to you SIR DJ
I recognize and appreciate your efforts and in spite of being snubbed and clearly giving a cold shoulder by coworkers
It isn't like the shutdown actually saves us any money. Most, if not all, of these people will likely be paid retroactively for the days they did not work. So basically, the public is screwed out of services while these guys get a paid vacation. JMO.
To be clear, NIH researchers are non-essential. Large proportion of the FBI is nonessential. The majority of defense department engineers working on the next generation of defenses are nonessential. There is a big difference between an employee being deemed nonessential during a shutdown and saying that the work is discretionary or not needed. That said, there still is fat to be trimmed. Shut down is not the way to do it.
I for one am a federal worker, and I agree with you. I think this shut down is actually a good thing.
I also live next to an airforce base where everyone makes gazzillions of dollars, yet the very workers will tell you how lazy their jobs really are. It is sickenning!
Let's thin out the leaders at the top on Capital Hill, such as many of Congress, House of Rep's, Senators, the Speaker of the House and so many other top brass are useless indeed.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
But remember sir the Clinton surplus dems so love to showcase was under the Newt repub Congress just as more debt increase than all prior Presidents combined for Obama was under the Pelosi Congress coattailing the Reid DO NOTHING SENATE. Add to that 100 years of primary dem party failed Control handing us EVERY entitlement of today (SS/Medicare, Great Society...etc.) and now OdummerCare healthcare welfare bill the biggest TAX ever taking over 1/7 of the economy. It's hard to say repubs share the blame equally with these know historic facts. And remember the dems also rammed through the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 using trick tactics again that has debt leveraged our currency to the zero intrinsic value of today. But then the dems colluded with bankers then just as now to design the system for that very purpose to leverage debt and the dems keep feeding it more and more debt. Time for a real change here to a system based upon savings and jobs not debt. Instead of surrendering 1/7 more of the nation's economy to the Feds we need to take it back and get leadership that knows how to create jobs and get us off this dem lead charge to socialism.