Government workers now officially getting paid for doing nothing

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Industry Observer

One of the privileges of living in this country is being able to enjoy at close range the greatest spectator event in the world.  If one can resist getting too caught up in the heat of the stagnation, watching government do nothing can be very amusing and entertaining. 

Many of us understand that there are 535 (some would argue 537) do-nothings occupying space in our capital.  The term do-nothing may be a little harsh since they have actually done two things recently.  First, they created thousands of additional do-nothings by allowing a large portion of the government to shut down.  Second, they stopped their war dance long enough to agree to pay the newly ordained do-nothings, but not right now.  Then they took the rest of the weekend off.

As amusing as the circus is, it's kind of confusing too.  If you are in agreement that the employees will be paid, what's the point in preventing them from showing up?  Besides, they may have been promised eventual paychecks, but what about those two daily coffee breaks and one lunch break?  Something is wrong.

Something else is wrong.  Many of us have clients who are looking for a place to live and, due to the shut down,  are no longer able to get USDA guaranteed loans.  That part of government is now doing nothing.  Many of them have leases set to end in the next one to one and a half months, and no place to live after that.  The lucky ones will be able to extend their leases, but some will have to leave if their place is already rented to new tenants.  Short term living arrangements and a double move could deplete the funds they were counting on to make their home purchase possible.  Does anyone in Washington care?  Who knows?  We could wait until Monday night when most of them get back to doing what they pretend to be work, and then ask them.  No need, I think I know their answer now.  "It's the other guys' fault." 

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 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN

 

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Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Mike, they need a day off after a hard week of doing nothing.

Oct 06, 2013 01:59 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
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Clay, it's not that easy to do nothing.  I tried to not breathe and only lasted about a minute :-)

 

Oct 06, 2013 02:06 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
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Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Mike, I was only saying the other day. Here we go again, now the federal workers have paid vacation leave. I bet they are having a great time and laughing all the way to the bank. What a farce!

Oct 06, 2013 02:56 AM #3
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Mike Carlier
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I'm guessing that, not only will they get back pay for time missed, but they will also receive overtime pay to catch up on the backlog.  Years ago, I worked for the post office, and it was no easy task to slow down fast enough upon being hired.

Oct 06, 2013 07:24 AM #4
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am surprised that they are not just given unemployment.   Also, most will now work overtime to make up the work time lost so they actually get a bump in pay.

Oct 06, 2013 10:16 AM #5
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
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Our tax dollars at work.  It looks to me like both sides are looking for a way out of the mess they created.  They're moving toward the stance we took as second graders facing the prospects of a fight.  "You're lucky I got my good pants on, or I'd beat you up."  Yes, I admit to both hearing and saying that one a few times, but never as an adult -- not even as an adolescent.  We'll hear the political equivalent sometime before the seventeenth.

Oct 09, 2013 01:07 AM #6
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

my daughter works for the federal bankruptcy court. . . her job is "essential" . . . so she is now working with NO PAY. . . in hopes of being paid if the government gets their acts together.  it's so sad!

Oct 11, 2013 08:20 AM #7
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Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
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I'm guessing that she has more than just hopes of getting paid.  Considering that the do-nothings have already agreed that all federal employees, working or not, will be paid, she probably can exchange her hopes for expectations. 

Oct 12, 2013 12:29 AM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mike this is truly sad, there are people who work their butts off for minimum or no pay (many in our profession) and then there are others who just collect huge pay checks because we voted them in....sad....Endre

Oct 22, 2013 03:36 PM #9
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Mike Carlier
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We never elect the brightest and best because they are bright enough to choose not to run.  My suspicions are that the elected do-nothings are not the only government do-nothings.  Oregon seems to be the best place for unelected do-nothings.  Those fortunate enough to get paid for not going to their place of employment also get to keep the unemployment benefits they received.

Oct 22, 2013 11:30 PM #10
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

I was confused by the Administration bringing in security to prevent our citizens and veterans from visiting the open air monuments like the WW II Memorial, yet the Administration gave their blessing and provided a stage, security, and audio equipment right across the street to hold a rally for illegal immigrants by the Washington Memorial.  Rally attendees were admited while citizens were kept out.  I guess things were only shut down for certain people.

Oct 28, 2013 11:14 AM #11
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Mike Carlier
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Bruce, I understand selective enforcement of laws perhaps because I am originally from Chicago.  Nobody knows how to selectively enforce laws like a Chicago politician. 

Oct 28, 2013 11:33 PM #12
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