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Kev Agent of The Shadow

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Subj: Re: I'm milking the federal government's tit right now
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 at 06:47:08 pm CST (Viewed 214 times)
Reply Subj: I'm milking the federal government's tit right now
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 at 01:04:35 pm CST (Viewed 380 times)

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As Lieutenant Dan would say, I'm living off the government tit. I'm a federal government employee impacted by the shutdown, and I'm not suffering at all, despite what the news would have you believe.

I'm basically getting a nice, long, lazy vacation at minimal cost. It's true that I'll soon be missing my second paycheck, but there's no harm at all because I'm fiscally responsible and stash savings for rainy days. But it's not really a rainy day! Think about it. I'll be getting reimbursed anyway when this is over, and plus, any money that I don't have can just go to my credit card.

So let's break it down. If the average federal salary is $85,000, that's probably a biweekly pay of $1,700 that I'd get to keep after all tax/retirement/healthcare deductions (or something around that, I earn a different amount so I don't know what the precise bi-weekly amount would be for the average). If I miss three pay checks, I likely only miss one or two credit card payments that charge an annual 16.5% APR. So at worst, let's say I miss two credit card payments and get charged. That's $140.25 in credit card interest ($1,700 x 3 paychecks x 16.5% APR / 6 months) that I can expect to pay, at the worst!

That's a $140.25 out-of-pocket cost for a 6 week vacation, a true bargain!

So am I suffering? Hell no. If I was desperate for $140.25, I'd just knock on doors around the neighborhood and ask to rake yards, how hard can that be?

Thank you, democrats, for shutting down the government and giving me a nice, nice vacation.


I'm with Treasury and am enjoying the break.

Every time I see another Federal Employee go on the news and moan they didn't get their paycheck (some of them started before the bi-weekly paychecks were even due BTW) I shout at the TV, "Shut up and don't draw any attention to us, we've got a good thing going."

They will (retroactively) pay me to have slept in, gone to the gym in daylight hours, get chores done around the house, and read books. As far as I'm concerned, keep me shut down through the end of February I could use the break.

Oh BTW It appears we are also accruing leave while on furlough. So for every two weeks we're furloughed I will "earn" a day of vacation.

People are hurting but really they're Government Contractors and not Federal Employees. Honestly I don't have much sympathy for them as I'm against privatization of the Government jobs anyway. Oddly it's the Republicans who have always advocated privatization and suddenly they've turned their backs on the Contractors. Strange times indeed.




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