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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:55 PM

TPM - major asshole alert "WH Economist: Fed Workers Actually 'Better Off'"

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/kevin-hassett-federal-employees-better-off

(do these people really WANT us to loathe them as much as they obviously hate themselves?)

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.

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Trump Top Economics Advisor: Fed workers getting free vacation days, actually "better off" more here >> http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

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“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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How out of touch must @WhiteHouse Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett be to say this about government workers not receiving a paycheck today?

“In some sense, they're better off.”

Tell that to the parents who need to pay their bills, pay off loans, feed their families. #TrumpShutdown

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:58 PM

1. Goddamn asshole

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:58 PM

2. May I be the first?

"Let them eat cake."

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:58 PM

3. yeah! what if they were *dead*! that would be like, endless vacation days! cool!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:00 PM

4. Soon to be unemployed and unemployable

These dumb Trumps don’t even realize what’s in store for them.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:00 PM

5. It seems like Republicans are trying to out-asshole each other

Let's see who can be the most vicious and out of touch.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:01 PM

6. Yeah, I got laid off from a job back in 1993, the last thing I did was thank my boss...

And it was so much fun being out of work that a couple of years after they called me back they laid me off again*!

Woo hoo!

*actually the second time turned out to be a good thing - within six weeks I got a better job at about 20% higher pay and was still eligible for four more weeks of severance pay (not to mention the settlement after I sued their asses)

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:03 PM

7. Except that if they were trying to burn up their "use it or lose it" annual leave

by the end of the year, then they got hosed. They could have donated that time to their agency's leave bank. Instead, it is now gone.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:09 PM

8. +1

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:35 PM

9. Reminicent of Barbara Bush commenting on Katrina victims.............

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:37 PM

10. yes, that quickly came to mind for me as well.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:38 PM

11. Hassett, you dick, worker vacations are supposed to be paid.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:44 PM

12. "Let them eat beautiful cake." - Dirty Donny* & KGOP republican kronies

* aka republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:37 PM

13. Is he saying all the fed employees can stay at home and will get back pay for it all?

Because his reasoning would need that to be true, whether or not they had booked vacation.

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