Absurdity of government shutdown part of plan

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

But I have felt guilty about being furloughed. When the proverbial excrement hit the fan and the government shutdown was announced, I wasn’t available to help steer my unit through the challenges of reduced personnel and other associated issues the budget impasse has caused. I’d prefer to be at work, earning an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work (if that’s even possible as a government employee HAR HAR HAR) and contributing to my unit’s mission.

Then last evening it was reported that some defense employees were being “ordered back to work,” specifically those whose responsibilities according to the law “contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.” More dumbness.

That net is cast so wide that no one should be excluded, even though the law that authorizes employees to be ordered back to work forbids a blanket recall of employees. But if a defense employee doesn’t “contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members” why the heck does he or she have a job?

Unfortunately, the civilian manpower experts needed to determine who does and who does not contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members are all furloughed. Bringing them in on a weekend to figure out which federal employees are REALLY, TRULY, DOUBLE DOG DARE YA unessential and therefore will not be ordered back to work this week would require paying someone overtime, overtime that’s not budgeted or authorized.

If all this leaves you wondering how our elected and appointed officials can appear so … well … Jethro Bodine-ish, then you’re not alone. Nonetheless, you may be at least partially relieved to remember that the Bodine-ishness of this all is part of the great plan of America. It really could be worse.

When our founding fathers designed and codified the three branches of our government into the Constitution, they made sure that the checks of one branch would balance the other two. No one branch of government could have complete power under our Constitution.

In their wisdom, our founding fathers ensured the United States would remain free of the tyrannical power and utter efficiencies of England’s King George III and dictators like him past, present and future.

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