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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Jessee Ring’s Oct. 9 commentary, “Good fortune in federal shutdown,” is totally misleading.
According to the OPM.gov website, when based on the same levels of work, non-federal pay in 2011 was 26 percent ahead of federal pay. Federal workers do not earn “double what private-sector workers earn,” as Ring stated.
And it’s time to stop this nonsense about “if they’re ‘non-essential,’ why are taxpayers paying them in the first place?”
When the government was shut down, national parks were closed. Since the parks were closed, all the employees who worked in the parks became “non-essential” because the parks were closed.
Furthermore, if you go to see your doctor, the receptionist, nurse, billing clerk, etc., are all “non-essential” to you. You just need to see the doctor. Those are the kinds of “non-essential” people who have been furloughed.
A request doesn’t get answered, a form isn’t sent out or processed, a patent doesn’t get issued, and food doesn’t get inspected because all these “non-essential” people are at home.
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