What if you tried to shut down the government and everyone just went back to work? The DOD did just that. Along with a lot of folks in other departments, who just, well, came in anyway.
And why not, if Congress is scrambling to produce mini-resolutions that put the politically juicy parts of government back to work? It seems that government workers are not as useless as some members of Congress would have you believe.
It’s a testament to the type of people who work in government. Vilified by the hard right as loafers and moochers, they show up to do their job, because that is what they do. They work in government, many because they want to work in government. Many of them have given their entire lives to the task, and don’t know how to stay home. So they come in, and work, for us. Perhaps we should return the favor.
Pentagon officials said more than 90 percent of the employees who were told to stay home are expected to return to work, under a decision made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that the workers are needed to support the readiness of the military. The action, supported by members of both parties, will leave about 450,000 of the federal government’s 2.1 million civilian employees on furlough.