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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:24 PM

WH Economist: Fed Workers Actually 'Better Off'

Source: Talking Points Memo



By David Taintor
January 11, 2019 3:26 pm

Federal workers who are without pay as the government shutdown drags on actually have it pretty good, according to Kevin Hassett, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

He told PBS’ “NewsHour” Thursday that a lot of federal employees were already planning to take time off between Christmas and the New Year — and so the government shutdown essentially gives them a vacation for free.




“A huge share of government workers were gonna to take vacation days, say, between Christmas and New Year’s,” Hassett said. “And then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work, and so then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days.” He added: “And then they come back, and then they get their back pay. Then they’re, in some sense they’re better off.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) condemned the comments Friday afternoon:




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Reply WH Economist: Fed Workers Actually 'Better Off' (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2019 OP
ck4829 Jan 2019 #1
KCDebbie Jan 2019 #24
dalton99a Jan 2019 #2
Freethinker65 Jan 2019 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 2019 #4
flibbitygiblets Jan 2019 #18
trev Jan 2019 #5
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2019 #6
haele Jan 2019 #7
louis-t Jan 2019 #8
durablend Jan 2019 #9
llmart Jan 2019 #10
yardwork Jan 2019 #19
jmowreader Jan 2019 #11
mac56 Jan 2019 #12
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2019 #13
scarytomcat Jan 2019 #14
weissmam Jan 2019 #15
IronLionZion Jan 2019 #16
red dog 1 Jan 2019 #17
YOHABLO Jan 2019 #20
maxrandb Jan 2019 #21
skypilot Jan 2019 #22
Solly Mack Jan 2019 #23

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:27 PM

1. That's the kind of rhetoric officials say before revolutions happen

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:29 PM

24. Let them eat cake...

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:27 PM

2. Nothing but sheer evil

from this White House

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:30 PM

3. Oh, I am sure Kevin Hassett will soon suggest a clawback

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:31 PM

4. "Let them eat cake" . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:18 PM

18. My first reaction as well. Wait until the public has a chance to digest this one.

When (if) this jerk isn't forced out, trump will claim to barely know the guy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:34 PM

6. That's the winner! I'm call the Ig Nobel Prize committee this evening.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:39 PM

7. Free vacation days? No, they work for paid vacation days.

"Free" vacation days means leave without pay, as in, you're not working so you're not getting paid. What is he, some sort of trust fund baby who can always rely on $50K - $100K or so a year allotment into his Money Market account whether or not he does anything the rest of the year?

As someone else in this thread indicated, this was something similar to what the wealthier aristos would say before the mobs took over and Robespierre hauled out the guillotine.

Haele

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:45 PM

8. Keep it up, assholes.

These people don't know when to shut up. It's like they have an inherent need to make excuses for their stupid behavior. Do they really think people will look at their own situation and say "He's right, I am better off being broke and not paying my bills."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:47 PM

9. "Drown it in the bathtub"

That's what they're doing. You're all naive if you don't see it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:01 PM

10. This reminds me of Barbara Bush...

when she told the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina that they were better off in the Houston Astrodome.

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Response to llmart (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:00 PM

19. I thought of that too.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:10 PM

11. Now just in...

“Guillotine plans” becomes top search on Google.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:16 PM

12. No other way to say it: this was a dick move.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:19 PM

13. What an asshole

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:23 PM

14. another clueless dump adviser

Is he getting paid? suppose so.
If a worker takes time off, vacation, at Chistmas they get paid dumbshit.
And what about this last week?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:36 PM

15. ass whole

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:41 PM

16. People like him were first to go to the guillotine

let them eat cake. What a pompous ass. If it doesn't affect him personally, then it's probably not a problem for anyone else, right?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:22 PM

17. What a bunch of crap!

K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:14 AM

20. Oh yeah, they can just book a trip on Carnival Cruise Lines for a couple weeks. Yeah right.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:45 AM

21. Where have I seen this guy before?

You know, the calm, comforting sociopath? Oh yeah

https://m.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:51 PM

22. Backpfeifengesicht

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:58 PM

23. Idiot

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