On Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:48:26 -0700, Cal Dershowitz <> wrote: >One of the largest emploers fof C programmers just decided to send home >800,000 employees because the tea party wanted to have a tantrum. I'm >evaluating what goes undone for the next 15 days. > >Did you get furloughed by uncle sam? Not receive contracts you were >looking for? > >It would be nice if comments could eventually relate to C so as to >exonerate the OTness. To government employees I say welcome to my world. Furloughs in private sector jobs are commonplace and it's high time those in cushy government jobs got a taste of insecurity. I have lost count of the number of times I have been furloughed in my 40+ year career. I have lost pension rights, had to convert from pension to 401(k) or IRA and I'm pretty damn tired of seeing congress voting itself raises and taking bribes from corporations for votes and contracts. It's unfortunate that layoffs and furloughs are not more common in government since the "income" of the business of government is essentially extortion of money by threat of imprisonment of the "donors". Then when self funding enterprises like USPS are actually profitable Congress swoops in and either steals the money outright or dictates where the money must be spent. The government of the United States also needs to learn to keep within a budget and learn to spend effectively. USG contracts are a farce. The only people who deserve to be truly exempt from suspension of pay are the enlisted men and women of the armed forces.