Our lead­ers unite — against us

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Our lead­ers unite — against us Just when you thought no­body around here could agree on any­thing, Democrats and Repub­li­cans in Congress come to­gether to unan­i­mously ex­press their uni­fied and un­wa­ver­ing view of the in­no­cent Amer­i­can tax­payer: SCREW YOU!

That’s right. You can’t get th­ese peo­ple to agree on whether it’s rain­ing out­side, but when it comes to their deep dis­dain for us suck­ers pay­ing all the bills around here, a hot case of vene­real bi­par­ti­san­ship breaks out all over the place.

Over the weekend, the House held a vote and agreed — with­out a sin­gle ex­cep­tion — that when this gov­ern­ment shut­down is all over, all th­ese “nonessen­tial” gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crats who have been loaf­ing around at home all this time will be given back pay for work they did not per­form.

So in­stead of get­ting a lit­tle taste of the fur­loughs, lay­offs and fir­ings ac­tual Amer­i­can work­ers have been suf­fer­ing for years in this nasty econ­omy, th­ese fed­eral bu­reau­crats would be granted ex­tended paid va­ca­tions.

Through­out his­tory, fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­downs have car­ried their own unique sil­ver lin­ing: The fed­eral gov­ern­ment was shut down.

It is, lit­er­ally, the only time we in­no­cent tax­pay­ers get any relief from this crowd of bu­reau­crats who want to con­trol ev­ery lit­tle as­pect of our lives and spend all of our money and wreck our good credit.

Sure, dur­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down, we have to en­dure 10 times more from the me­dia in full hissy-fit mode about their beloved fed­eral gov­ern­ment get­ting a lit­tle tem­po­rary trim. But at least a shut­down is a rare re­prieve for us tax­pay­ers from hav­ing to pay all of th­ese “nonessen­tial” bu­reau­crats in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

And they ac­tu­ally call them that: “nonessen­tial.” How does one come back to work af­ter re­al­iz­ing you are “nonessen­tial”? In the pri­vate sec­tor, “nonessen­tial” is called “un­em­ployed.”

But here in the la la land of happy bu­reau­crats, “nonessen­tial” is just a tem­po­rary lit­tle spell that hap­pens ev­ery 15 years or so when politi­cians get into such a fra­cas that they make Baby­lon look like the Gar­den of Eden.

This be­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, tax­pay­ers are not the only ones get­ting screwed.

How about all the poor chumps in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment deemed “es­sen­tial”? They are still work­ing and prob­a­bly work­ing twice as hard. And, yet they know full well that when their “nonessen­tial” col­leagues re­turn from their ex­tended R & R, those loafers are sure to be paid for all the work that they did not per­form.

That’s the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for you. It al­ways pays peo­ple not to work and pun­ishes those who do.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@ live.com or on Twit­ter @charleshurt.

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