Déjà vu: CO’s will work during furlough…sans pay
Correctional Officers, Border Agents and most uniformed LEO’s on the federal payroll are not being furloughed during the federal government shutdown. Instead, as with California CPO’s during the Schwarzenegger Administration, officers will be required to work for no pay. In theory, that is.
Given the near certainty the shutdown will last only a few days to as many weeks, it is unlikely the working LEO’s will experience much more than a delay in receiving their checks, insofar as the Personnel staff are staying home.
In any event, bleak predictions notwithstanding, the shut-down will be no more catastrophic than the “sequester” cuts — The cuts conventional wisdom held would bring the sky down.
Reality was and is another matter — To the chagrin of most pundits, the sequester is a continuing success story.
According to Stephen Moore, editorial board member and senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal, “the Budget Sequester is a success.”
“Consider the numbers: According to the Congressional Budget Office, annual outlays peaked at $3.598 trillion in fiscal 2011. After President Obama’s first two years in office, many in Washington expected that number to hit $4 trillion by 2014. Instead, spending fell to $3.537 trillion in fiscal 2012, and is on pace to fall below $3.45 trillion by the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30). The $150 billion budget decline of 4% is the first time federal expenditures have fallen for two consecutive years since the end of the Korean War…”(more)
Ultimately, a good number of people will be inconvenienced by this hiccup — A majority of federal workers will be later than usual paying their bills and it will be back to business as usual.
Profligate spending is taking a vacation, that’s all. It will be home before we get the post-card.