October 04, 2013

Forefathers Rolling in their Graves

Just because Non-Essential federal employees have been furloughed doesn't mean that they don't work with Essential federal employees who still need things from those deemed Non-Essential.

I work with some great men at an air base that shall remain nameless. They were all deemed Non-Essential and have been furloughed.

In a Hail Mary pass on Monday morning I got an email from my main guy out there and it said, "Bou, this is my cell number. I can't work, but keep me abreast. I have to know what's coming and I may be able to find someone who didn't get furloughed to help out."

These are some of the stellar folks we have working for our military as a civilian.

I don't text my job. That's a firing offense. But today I realized that something that he and I work on that is very important to some Essential employees, including those that wear a uniform, was now at a standstill.

I sent him a text that just said, "I sent you 3 .pdfs" knowing he'd know what was going on.

I got a reply back that said, "I know some non-furloughed guys that can do this for me..." and so the guys will get what they need.

I don't save lives. I am not important. But there are jobs that need to be done and there are people that are important that need what some of us have.

This whole thing is so frustrating to me. My counterpart knows I'd never abuse and ask for something that he didn't deem important, hence how I phrased it. His call.

But that's what we're seeing, our furlough guys, thinking about what is coming, the work piling up, trying to sift through it in their heads from home, and finding a way to get any help from the folks still getting paid.

And the guys still getting paid, are trying to prioritize and keep things running as best they can.

The whole thing is sick and makes me angry. I hate them all in Washington right now.

A pox on them. May they all rot.

Posted by Boudicca at October 4, 2013 09:46 PM

I note that DCMA is furloughed. Good Times.

Posted by: The Thomas at October 5, 2013 09:56 AM

Actually, that is a big big deal to the civilian contractors such as Sikorsky Helicopters, PW engines, GE, General Dynamics, LockMart. DCMA is required to approve certain things during production. Lines will shut down for military projects. Civilians are going to be furloughed as well. And I mean regular Civilians not Federal Civilians.

Posted by: Bou at October 5, 2013 01:55 PM

Two poxes.

Posted by: Leigh at October 6, 2013 08:28 AM

Thomas Sowell laid it out best, I think. This is an overweening government strongarming us into Obamacare. The people who are holding their ground on defunding it were elected to do just that, and they are fulfilling promises they made when they ran for office. While I have no love for either Republicans or Democrats in this, I do feel that the responsibility for intentionally hurting people lies squarely on the President and the Senate.

Posted by: PeggyU at October 6, 2013 12:17 PM

Heh, we got some of DCMA back, sort of.

Posted by: The Thomas at October 7, 2013 03:39 PM

If I was in DC I would be arrested for trying to slap some sense into the idiots who supposedly run the country. More like run it into the ground. *sigh*

Posted by: Teresa at October 7, 2013 09:45 PM