Wake up, America.
The federal government didn’t shut down last week. In fact no matter how you slice the numbers, huge percentages of it remain open for business – proof that you can’t stop the taxpayer-funded gravy train.
We’ve touched on the specific dimensions of this partial shutdown in previous posts, but the more we learn – the milder this “shutdown” gets. Especially now that an estimated 400,000 of the 800,000 civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense are back on the job (as of October 7).
Seriously … that was roughly half of the estimated 800,000 furloughed employees (out of a total of 4.1 million full-time and part-time employees of the federal government).
Meanwhile there are the dollar amounts associated with the work stoppage. Correspondent Byron York of The Washington Examiner asked a GOP source on the U.S. Senate budget committee “how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down.”
“Eighty-three percent of government operations will continue,” York was told. “This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.”
Oh, and for those of you educated in a government-run school in South Carolina, that leaves only approximately 17 percent of government unfunded.
Shutdown? Please …