Here you go, the Pentagon informed Congress of plans to furlough 800,000 people from its civilian workforce. Just say add 800,000 to the unemployed rolls of American workers. Ding, unemployment will rise to at least 9% and maybe more soon as that is just the DOD’s part of sequestration.
Proceed to consider conservative logic on small government. That means that more people in the workforce pool will drive wages downward. That will make America more competitive. We can train up the unemployed for all of the new jobs flooding back to our shores, the ones that American capitalists outsourced because they could not make as high a profit as the wanted.
But, what with the Middle Class having evaporated and with more people in the ranks of poor, well, demand for products and services is down. However, property values are down too so that wealthy persons can buy up more property. Since taxes have been kept low for wealthy persons, they are sitting pretty.
Stop complaining, they are going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid too. That will make government smaller and that is what it is all about. So, let’s get small...really small.
“Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
By Jeremy Herb - 02/20/13 11:16 AM ET
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. The employees would receive 30 days notice before being furloughed.
“We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DOD personnel — but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a message to the department. “The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions.”