Readers are welcome to correct me – but isn’t it the case that when the “shutdown” is over that those workers who were “furloughed” will actually be receiving back-pay?
That’s not exactly what a furlough is. When my brother-in-law is furloughed from his job (he works in an alternator factory) he doesn’t get back pay, and in fact you mght think that by the time he gets back to work his pay will not only not be made up, but his future pay may even be lower.
And THAT is surely not the case for the “furloughed” government worker. Indeed, we may be watching live right now the HORRORS of paid-vacations being granted to a third of federal workers. Yes, there’s more to it. But it’s a weekend. I’m being paid for it too, or am I?