The 800,000 furloughed workers come from all the big names you’d expect; Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy, Interior, Justice, Labor, Transportation and Treasury.
Those government employees are joined in their impromptu vacations by others from the EPA, EEOC, FDIC, FCC, FTC, IRS, GSA, NASA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, SBA, USDA and US Trade…to name only a few.
No telling when they’ll be back to work, but they should take this time, enjoy the families, go to the beach or play some golf. The weather’s still great; the scenery can’t be beat – go hit that little white ball!
Bear in mind though, they can’t do this at courses run by the National Park Service that were all forced to close.
“This is horrible, this kills our business,” said a representative from the Historic National Park Golf Courses of Washington, D.C., which administers East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek Golf Courses. “We have gorgeous weather and thousands of government employees at home who would love to be out golfing.”
Now, if these career government employees had properly buttered the figurative bread of their military brothers and sisters, they could still play. Few have any idea the U.S. military operates 234 golf courses at bases around the world, as a cost of at least $140 million a year.
And guess what? 100 percent of them are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
According to a report by Bloomberg.com, “While President Obama has made sure the shutdown has forced the closure of grocery stores on military bases, the golf courses on those bases remain open. That includes three 18-hole courses at Andrews Air Force Base, where the President often plays because of its close proximity to the White House.”
Obama’s played at Andrews over 60 times since taking office, closing in on a total of 150 rounds total.
What else can’t we do during the shutdown? Pay military death benefits.
When we lose a solider, his family gets an average of $100,000. But remember, we are shut down; we can’t pay that. So we’ve turned to the charity Fisher House Foundation. They’ve stepped forward to make sure 26 families, so far, can cover expenses while they figure out what life will hold for them down the road, with a husband/wife, mom/dad, son/daughter now gone – a life lost serving our country in a place we have no business being.
What other important functions have we made sure we can we do; deliver Cookie Monster, uninterrupted, to your kids TV every morning. Romney wanted him dead, took a contract out on his life, but we wrote a check for $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on the first day of the shutdown.
We can’t pay for our dead soldiers, but we can play golf and listen to NPR.
And FYI, tomorrow is the day I refer to as “My NPR Saturday.”
Tim Graham of Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis said, “PBS has hosted two “very friendly” interviews with President Obama in recent weeks.”
“It certainly looks like ‘you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours,” he continued.
What have we come to on both sides of the aisle? Hold your comments from your uninformed point of view blaming it on just the Republicans; our President is doing his share of gamesmanship. There’s an enormous pant load of waste in each person’s lap who pretends to be “representing” us.
I hate bumper stickers but I saw one that really stood out;
IF YOU AREN’T OUTRAGED, YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION