Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
So let me get this right. The Tea-Publican anti-government insurgency that wants to destroy the federal government is suddenly concerned about federal government employees? The very same federal employees they despise and villify as blood-sucking parasites every chance they get? One has to have been living in a cave for the past 30 years to fall for this bullshit.
The Tea-Publican economic terrorists may have just thrown President Obama the card he needs to play to end this government shutdown. On Saturday, in a unanimous vote, the House passes bill to give federal workers back pay:
[M]embers of the House came together in a moment of rare bipartisanship to pass a bill, by a vote of 407 to 0, approving back pay for furloughed government workers.
One has to assume that the Tea-Publican anti-government insurgents clearly did not intend to give blood-sucking parasite federal employees a vacation for not working, right?
If we are going to pay federal employees, then they should at least return to work and earn their pay:
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid supports the measure, but said Saturday that if furloughed workers are guaranteed back pay, there’s no reason to keep them out of work.
“It’s really cruel to tell workers they’ll receive back pay once the government opens and then refuse to open the government,” Reid said on the Senate floor, suggesting that House Republicans have authorized a “paid vacation” for furloughed workers.
President Obama should use an emergency executive order to reclassify so-called "non-essential" federal employees and to order them back to work on Monday. What are Tea-Publicans going to do? Argue that the federal employees they so despise are to be given a paid vacation for not working? Try selling that on FAUX News.
This move has already been done at the Pentagon. Last week, President Obama signed a bill to protect pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces during the government shutdown. And on Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reinstated almost all of the 400,000 civilian employees who had been sent home. In Surprise Announcement, Hagel Recalls Most Defense Department Workers.
Mr. President, use an emergency executive order to reclassify "non-essential" federal employees and order them back to work on Monday. Take advantage of the card that Tea-Publicans have tossed you to end their ridiculous government shutdown.