I missed this last Friday – my bad! White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett:
“Right now, about 25 percent of government workers are furloughed, which means that they are not allowed to go to work. But then when the shutdown ends, they go back to work, and they get their back pay. A huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Year’s. And then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work. So then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days. And then they come back, and they get their back pay. Then in some sense, they’re better off.”
Throughout the longest shutdown/lockout in US History, the federal government has offered a variety of idiotic tips to help 800,00 or so workers cope without a paycheck.
Among the Suze Orman rejected tips:
- hold a garage sale
- become a secret shopper for a soon-to-be-dead department store
- turn your hobby into income (hello Etsy!)
- offer to “trade services” for rent (HUBBA-HUBBA!!!)
- declare bankruptcy
- and now, think of it as a free vacation
They left out not buying the daily Starbucks, but other than that they are treating the furloughed workers pretty much the same way that they treat Millennials.