The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1. Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts. The Pentagon furloughs will affect civilians across the country. Pentagon officials have said that civilians could face up to 22 days of furloughs, one per week, through the end of the fiscal year in September.
Comments: The media is right on cue to spread the hysteria and the Republicans will be blamed for all of this.
Maybe they could just lay off 400,000 and give the other half a 50% cut in pay. Government workers get 2x pay to start with, so this is a move in the right direction. I am really looking forward to this sequester... first good thing to happen in DC in a long time.
This 800,000 number is preposterous. There are some 24,000 people working at the Pentagon. I´m assuming half are civilians. That´s some, generously, 15,000 non-military people. This would be the highest concentration by far. So where´s the other 785,000 people? That´s ridiculous! And where´s our press to question that number?
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god of irony, 2/20/2013 2:07:47 PM (No. 9187074)
Some the comments here are ignorant. The reason there is so many employees is because there are that many rules and regulations that have to be followed.
Take my job for example I manage over $50 million in grants to ensure the readiness of my state´s National Guard. I am the only one that does this. Would your prefer some high school dropout making minimum wage do this job or would you prefer your tax dollars be protected by a college degreed person with years of experience?
This problem is not our fault and the furlough won´t fix the budget problem (the only way save real money is to eliminate useless programs). All that is going to happen is hurting Americans trying to make a living.
#12, how about we get rid of some of the rules and regulations, too and make the furloughs permanent? You´re not arguing that all those rules and regulations are necessary, are you? Don´t we all want to reduce the size of government, or does it depend on whose ox is being gored?
Besides the 800,000 number being more than a little suspect, this is simply proposing to furlough people 1 day a week without pay. This doesn´t sound like the tragedy people oare making it out to be. Drudge´s headline is way off base.
How many of the 800K didn´t have a government job in December of 2008? If you´ve added 800,000 employees while the economy is in the toilet, I don´t have much sympathy when some of them get reduced hours. The reason for the furloughs is to harm the largest number of people to blame the GOP.
I read elsewhere that sequestration will only cut 1% of the spending before September. That figure is dubious but so are all numbers about politics now.
But whatever the exact number it isn´t a massive overall cut. It will only have a big impact if it is all taken from one department such as Defence.
Now is the time for the GOP House to pass a Budget for the remainder of 2013 fiscal year and rush it to the Senate. Make Reid and the Democratstake it or leave it.
That shouldn´t be too much work, I suspect it could clear the House in 24 hours.
The new Budget should eliminate two or three entire departments but make a small increase in the debt ceiling with a provision that the ceiling will revert to the previous level after September if a 2014 Budget has not passed by then.
I really don´t care much anymore. Washington has erased any admiration I ever had for our government.
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