Harry Reid and Barack Obama have said they will not pass piecemeal bills. However, today President Obama said he would sign a bill that would make sure federal workers would get paid even if they don't work during the shutdown. But he refuses to sign a bill to cover veteran affairs or pay for the National Guard or to cure kids with cancer.
So why this bill? Could it be because public sector unions donate so much money to the democratic party? AFSME and the NEA both give 100% of their political contributions to the democrats as well as providing them venues for campaign stops and volunteers for various campaign chores. I couldn't find the figures on how much kids dying of cancer contribute to the democrats, but I'm guessing it's not a whole lot.
And if that's not enough hypocrisy, consider this. Harry Reid has refused to honor his constitutional duty for the past four years and pass a budget. If he had, there would be no government shutdown. For four years the congress has been financing the government using piecemeal bills. And funding has been a series of continuing resolutions, which is also piecemeal.
And lest we forget, the biggest hypocrisy in this whole situation is the calling of Republicans as hostage takers and extortionists. What do you call it when you refuse to treat kids with cancer unless you get a bill passed exactly the way you want it? Why I believe that is hostage taking is it not? And what do you call it when you close all the parks including privately and state run parks unless you get the bill you want? Why I think that's called extortion.
But of course the democrats have an answer for that. They say it's only fair these people get paid for the time they are unable to work. In the private sector, if a company is forced to close down for a week, usually no one but management get paid and they have to show up.
Now, my question is, if we are going to pay them anyway, why don't we just have them work? Because when the government does open back up, we will have to pay them overtime to catch up on the work we paid them not to do. Make sense?
So mif he are a highly paid government worker with great benefits, you will be just fine, but if you are a 7 year old girl with cancer, it's adios amigo.