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Shutdown Highlights Basic Fact:
Most of Government is ‘Non-Essential’

Time, by Nick Gillespie

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/5/2013 4:44:17 AM

After learning that 95 percent of Department of Education employees were deemed “non-essential” during the government shutdown and furloughed, I’m still wondering: Is that all? Since its creation as a cabinet-level agency in 1979 and spending billions of dollars every year since, test scores for high-school seniors have either declined slightly or remained flat at best, suggesting perhaps still more fat to trim. I’m confident that we could get the same results with fewer people. It’s called productivity, people! The shutdown may have started over a hare-brained attempt by Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to delay and/or defund President Obama’s


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 10/5/2013 4:53:27 AM     (No. 9550966)

A suggestion here...terminate ALL "non-essential" employees and lets see what happens...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: varkdriver, 10/5/2013 5:56:50 AM     (No. 9550991)

Far too late, TIME magazine has realized it needs to get off the Praise Nobama train. I love The Law Of Unintended Consequences. To most people, this ´shutdown´ is fine and dandy. Not to mention getting in and out of DC this past week was a [relative] breeze!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/5/2013 6:01:05 AM     (No. 9550995)

Too funny, but to be expected when you consider how fat the bloated goobermint is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sinic, 10/5/2013 6:15:42 AM     (No. 9551010)

"The shutdown may have started over a hare-brained attempt by Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)"

#2, as you can see, Time´s not quite ready to give up the Koolaid completely.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 10/5/2013 7:48:59 AM     (No. 9551091)

I got the idea Time is not quite ready to give up on the Big Government narrative. Too bad, they seemed to be making a little progress at noodling out what an incredible waste it is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jinx, 10/5/2013 7:50:34 AM     (No. 9551095)

Put all non-essentials on permanent leave. Close down the Dep. of Education. Our schools have been failing ever since it was established. It is run by people who have no idea what goes on in schools. Have any of Michelle´s "people" been put on furlough? They are most definitely non-essential.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/5/2013 8:35:04 AM     (No. 9551153)

It´s bad enough to think of the billions spent by the Dept of Ed, but don´t overlook the billions that are lost- as in misplaced or unaccounted for - every year.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 10/5/2013 9:38:32 AM     (No. 9551232)

Discharge 10 percent of all non-essentials immediately. Conduct a biannual shutdown and do the same, in perpetuity.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/5/2013 9:38:39 AM     (No. 9551233)

Nick Gillespie is not a Time jornOlist but a libertarian and I believe editor of Reason magazine. This is where the Cruz-bashing comes from - libertarians reflexly bash both sides. Tiresome, but it´s how they keep their leftist friends from dropping them socially.

However, the article still got into Time somehow with its essential point which is certainly factual. And the good thing about libertarians is their 100% distrust of all government. In this case it´s 100% justified! Maybe a lofo or two will read it in the supermarket line.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/5/2013 10:41:50 AM     (No. 9551347)

When you are being attacked by thieving criminals you don´t need a great plan.

You need to start fighting and raising hell,
kicking and screaming doing great damage to your attackers.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chat-JD, 10/5/2013 1:13:41 PM     (No. 9551659)

I work for one of the few constitutional government agencies, Border Patrol. I´m considered an "essential" employee. Understand, that though government workers are being furloughed as "non-essential", they´re not being furloughed for this entire period. Instead, a rotation is being developed in some agencies where essential job-functions are somewhat covered but the agencies meet the "arbitrary" essential numbers.
So the first out were the "least" essential, the ones that could be done without somewhat for a few days. They´re being returned to work and the next group goes out for a few days, etc. So, we did without the mission support for approximately four days before it became critical as it resulted in a delay of being able to process critical requirements so that critical infrastructure can be brought back online.
Yes, there are a lot of non-essential workers, but don´t get confused by the non-essential designation for paperwork purposes and the true status of the necessity of their job function.
In fact, because one of my "essential" workers is failing to meet a required job criteria (disciplinary problem), I´ve convinced management to furlough him. His job function is essential, he´s not.
There is no union (thankfully), no labor enforcement relations, no chief counsel during the shutdown (all furloughed) as they were designated non-essential so we can´t address disciplinary issues. In other words, bad employees can act badly during this time and management has no recourse against them because we can´t fire them and can´t get guidance on dealing with them (letters of counseling, etc.).

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