Since the government closed over a week ago, there has been no shortage of ridiculous comments coming from many members of the Republican party relating to the antics that have gone on. While most of the comments are your typical partisan political talking points, some have been outright disgusting.
A perfect example of this came, once again, from Florida Congressman Ted Yoho when he said at a town hall meeting that the furloughed workers who aren’t coming to work shouldn’t receive a paycheck.
Someone had called in to ask a question regarding the pay of those workers who aren’t actually being required to come to work and their belief that if they’re not coming to work, they shouldn’t receive back pay. The caller said, “The people that are home watching Netflix and whatever, I’m not sure that we should be sending them checks.”
“Well, when we voted on that, they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. I agree 100 percent with you. If they’re not working, they shouldn’t get paid.”
Which makes for a great talking point when you’re dealing with a bunch of short-sighted conservatives who seem unable to see past their own nose. However, what this caller and Yoho failed to understand is that over 500,000 workers deemed “non-essential” have been told to stay home and not come to work due to the Republican-forced government shutdown.
They’re not staying home because they want to collect a free paycheck, they’re home because Republicans have decided to hold the country hostage because they can’t win elections.
So why does it make sense to deny their back pay when it’s House Republicans which are the cause of this whole shutdown to begin with? Individuals like Mr. Yoho who have taken a stance that elections don’t matter and that the GOP will willingly take the government hostage to try to force the president into giving in to their demands.
Those 500,000 workers deserve their back pay (and probably will get it, by the way) because they would gladly be at work right now if Speaker of the House John Boehner would allow the House of Representatives to vote on a clean version of the Senate’s resolution (which would pass) and reopen the government.
But he’s refusing to do so—therefore the government shutdown continues. And that’s not the fault of these workers who have been told to stay home, it’s the fault of the antics taken by the GOP with their futile (and extremely pathetic) attempt to stop “Obamacare.” Not to mention the thousands of workers who won’t get a dime of back pay, and communities and local businesses which will never be the same thanks to these disgusting tactics being used by Republicans to bring misery upon our country.
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