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WP: Federal Workers Resent ‘Non-Essential’ Label

From a tear stained Washington Post:

Federal workers resent ‘nonessential’ label

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux [sic] and Eric Yoder | September 26, 2013

Don’t call the federal workers waiting to buy lunch from downtown Washington’s food trucks “nonessentials.” It’s like being branded with a scarlet letter N, or ending up the punchline of a late-night comedy bit that’s actually not that funny when there are bills to pay.

So we have another ‘N-Word’? For ‘Non-Essential’?

Essential. Nonessential. These are the terms commonly, although not officially, used for employees who find themselves in one of two controversial categories: starting players or benched, during a partial government shutdown that is being threatened.

For the government workforce there’s increasing frustration over the labels — officially known as “excepted,” as in allowed to work, as opposed to those sent home or “non-excepted,” long-standing vocabulary that’s part of an effort to destigmatize what are considered offensive labels….

Gosh they have it rough. That must be why they get paid so much more than those poor slobs in the private sector.

“It’s like a stab in the back. Like being told in high school that you’re average and not in the honors classes,” said Steve Ressler, 32, who worked in Homeland Security for six years and now runs GovLoop, informally known as Facebook for Feds…

He runs a FaceBook like website and he thinks he’s ‘essential’?

Being nonessential is not only insulting, it means a worker may not be paid, at least not right away, those eating lunch said…

“This has gotten personal because it’s my paycheck,” he said, asking not to be named because he didn’t have permission from his agency to speak to the media. “I’m stressed out. I need to pay my rent. The main problem is that a lot of politicians are so removed from reality that they think these parlor games don’t have real consequences.” …

Hogwash. These people always get paid. In reality, they are complaining about getting a paid vacation. But isn’t it funny, none of these ‘workers’ ever complain about being called non-essential when they get a day off because there is the threat of snow?

Still, it seems to us that a government shutdown would be a great way to figure out just who really is essential and who isn’t. And we should get rid of those who are non-essential, which is probably more than half of them.

But that, of course, is exactly the reason why a government shutdown is so scary to the WP and the federal bureaucrats and above all the Democrat Party, who need a bloated federal payroll to help them buy votes.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 27th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “WP: Federal Workers Resent ‘Non-Essential’ Label”

  1. platypus says:

    There are many other accurate terms. Parasite. Drone. And so forth.

    They need to have an attitude of gratitude for small favors.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Them that can, do
      Them that can’t get jobs so they can sit in Judgement of those who can do.
      Therewith lies the tale of the Federal Government

      PS – forgot the key ingredient.

      Malice Towards All

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “It’s like a stab in the back. Like being told in high school that you’re average and not in the honors classes,” said Steve Ressler, 32, who worked in Homeland Security for six years and now runs GovLoop, informally known as Facebook for Feds…

    I’m amazed that they willingly put this in the article. It broadcasts loudly the very problem that working Americans have been complaining about for decades.

    Oh boo-hoo….so you’re “average”. Well…join the club. Not everyone can be a Magic Johnson or a Mel Gibson or such. However, and again, being a celebrity doesn’t in and of itself denote anything special per se. Special notoriety perhaps. But not necessarily special or unique talent.

    So you’re average. Be thankful even for that. Being average is better than being below average, which I actually suspect you’re more on a level with.

    Bureaucrats, cubicle monkeys, order-takers, all thinking they’re “special”. Well, welcome to reality. While we would like to think of ourselves as special, the fact is that we are only so in our own minds. Occasionally, the day-to-day burger-flipper becomes a singing sensation, right? (Or do they? I have yet to read about one who “made it” into the bigtime, except…well….big-time crime, that is)

    99.9% of the human race is NOT special. The national socialists have so gerrymandered the term that now every American kid who can wipe his own butt thinks they’re special.

    And what of the average, work-a-day people who were just happy engaging in a personal hobby? Something that they enjoyed by themselves or in groups? Kayaking, fishing, hiking, making miniatures, gardening, restoring old cars, etc.?

    I’m thinking those types of activities are also waning. Kids coming up today want attention. More and more attention. They crave it, need it to survive and seem to be only able to get it in nightclubs, online video games, twitter, facebook, all that social crap that produces—-NOTHING.

    No months of work to show a former derelict car is now a work of art.

    No months of work to show a garden that is meticulously maintained.

    No months of work to show a 1/50 scale sailing barque with every ratline, belaying pin and heaving line in place.


    Just electrons moving around and nothing to show but money spent. Perhaps that’s in and of itself, the goal.


    Being average ain’t what it used to be.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      You nailed it. What must the WP have come to if they had to stoop so low as to find this government parasite? Except he’s no longer a government parasite. He’s a parasite on the parasites. How is his paycheck affected by the shutdown? He runs a website! Are we paying for that too?

    • untrainable says:

      This is the end result of the “everybody gets a trophy” mentality. Kids today (and I speak of those 20 and 30 somethings who find themselves trapped in a government job making twice what the rest of us make for straightening and then re-bending paperclips 40 hours a week) just don’t get real life. Insulated by their liberal-sheltered existence and bolstered by incredibly low expectations, they’ve never seen real life.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… words already have meanings. There is no need to make up new ones. Be offended all you like, but the fact that you are non-essential means what it means. You are not a necessary evil. You are a symptom of a bloated government that endeavors to spend everything it has in order to justify spending even more next year with little or no regard for outcomes.. A government that runs shrimp on treadmills, tests and studies the speed of the ketchup pour, spends our money rebuilding countries that don’t want OR need our money. A government that revels in putting it’s boot on the throat of big oil and has promised through over-regulation to crush the coal industry under that same boot.

      The non-essential should be humble and should be on their knees thanking WE THE PEOPLE who pay outrageous salaries to those whose own employers admittedly don’t really need them to get the job done. Go figure.

    • Right of the People says:

      I heard they’re starting a new show for the average liberal called American Idle. That’d be a true reality show.

  3. Astravogel says:

    Isn’t there a school somewhere with all above-average students?

    • Astravogel says:

      Oh, wait, I remember, It’s the Atlanta, Georgia, School District.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Funny, Garrison, the communist, Keiller uses that line in closing his incredibly monotonous and monotonal monologues. “Where ALL the kids are above average” in Lake Wobegon.

      I used to like him but like so many twits with intellect, he despises self-reliance and believes republicans are responsible for all the evils in the world.

      The irony being that in the socialist-run utopia he pines for, people like him are destroyed or put in prison or both.

      But he’s blind to that.

  4. captstubby says:

    silly Rabbit,

    with out a Nonessential government workforce , how will Democrats ever get elected?

  5. Noyzmakr says:

    I suppose we taxpayers should be grateful that these particular parasites are willing to get up in the morning and go down to the office to collect their democrat party repaying voters welfare program checks instead of sitting at home and sleeping ’til noon and collecting the old fashion way. At least they pretend to work, which is more than we can say for most of the democrat base.

  6. Petronius says:

    Try to think of something that isn’t being regulated or monopolized by the government.

    I searched my brain and found it’s difficult to imagine anything bigger than a molehill that isn’t regulated by some government department or agency. Immigration is largely unregulated; also our international borders, apart from spot-checks at Customs. Also abortion clinics. Maybe print and film media, cable TV, porn, photography, and the internet would still qualify as largely unregulated. Also the legal profession and precious metals incur minimal regulation.

    But just consider some of the things they do regulate:

    Health care, medicine, insurance, food and drugs, food preparation, soaps and detergents, packaging, marketing, and advertising, business practices, health and safety, working hours and conditions for labor, labor-management relations, cosmetics, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, toilets, education, student loans, securities markets and securities, commodities markets, the currency and coins, guns and ammo, explosives and fireworks, banking and finance, mortgages and lending, passenger and freight transportation, shipping and navigation, motor vehicles, oil, gas, and coal, exploration and drilling, chemicals and hazardous materials, mining and minerals, land use and zoning, construction specifications, electric wiring and plumbing, electric utilities, nuclear power, water utilities, garbage collection and waste disposal, communications and broadcasting, the environment, air, soil, rivers and streams, farms, ranches, and livestock, fishing, wildlife, household appliances, consumer products, children’s toys, baby products, business competition, prices, imports and exports, hotels and casinos, gambling and playing cards, bars and restaurants, gas stations, horse racing, professional sports, scientific research, elections and voting, you-name-it-and-its-regulated.

    How did our ancestors ever manage to survive for 400 years in America without all this “essential” regulation?

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