More #Shutdown Nonsense
We’ve written extensively about the ridiculousness of the so-called federal government “shutdown,” which it turns out affected only 17 percent of government expenditures.
The other 83 percent of the gravy train? It’s still flowing …
Anyway, another example of the ludicrousness of the whole thing can be found in America’s federal prisons – which we would argue perform a core function of government. As it stands now more than 36,000 federal prison guards are not receiving paychecks from the federal government.
They will be compensated when the shutdown ends, of course, but right now they’re not getting paid (unlike U.S. President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. Congress).
Ready for the irony?
The inmates they’re guarding are getting paid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) – which states in its “shutdown” contingency plan that there is enough “carryover cash” to continue funding inmates’ commissary accounts.
“The Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Buildings and Facilities and Commissary accounts have multi-year authority and have adequate carryover funding to meet expenses during a lapse in appropriations,” the plan states. “Employees paid from these funding sources are not dependent upon an enacted appropriation and are therefore considered excepted.”
What a government, right?
“We already know that the inmate run the asylum, but this?” one of our readers mused.
Don’t get us wrong: We have no problem with inmates performing jobs for pay as part of their rehabilitation, but it is insane that the federal government would continue to pay them during a shutdown while refusing to pay the people whose job it is to guard them.
Once again, government apparently has no problem continuing to do thousands of things it shouldn’t do … while neglecting one of the handful of tasks it actually should be doing.
So backward …