91% Of The IRS Has Been Furloughed: Here Is Who Else Got The Government Shut Down Axe

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For all the drama surrounding today's political drama (which came and went largely unnoticed by a stock market hypnotized by the Federal Reserve), the bottom line is that the key impact of last night's historic government shutdown has been nothing more (or less) than the temporary unpaid leave of absence, i.e. furloughs (with all accrued, owed payments promptly being remitted once the government is unhalted) of some 815,932 civilian government workers, out of a total of 2 million, or a 41% furlough rate.

As the WSJ tabulates "some agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are seeing all but a handful of their employees go home without pay. Others, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, kept the vast majority of their workers on the job. Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve, don’t operate under the normal appropriations process and their staffing remained unaffected." Then again one wonders: with 91% of the IRS' total 94,516 workers stuck at home, downloading porn, is the government shutdown really such an evil outcome?

The table below shows the total number of furloughed workers by government agency, as well as the furlough percentage. For a sortable, interactive version of the table, visit the WSJ.

Of note: with 98% of the FCC's 1754 employees stuck at home, there has never been a better time to show a live Janet Jackson dance show, or swear like a sailor on live TV.

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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:16 | 4012215 Hughing
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no. but they'll fix that, buncha asswipes

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:18 | 4012221 90's Child
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:37 | 4012294 Frozen IcQb
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If this shutdown continues, we might have a fiscal surplus???  What do we do then??? I've never seen that??? 

How do you plan around that???  I'm all confused!!!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:42 | 4012319 CH1
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:09 | 4012432 Pure Evil
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If all the IRS workers are sitting at home paying for their own porn then who's left to crack the whip on all the tax slaves?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:18 | 4012457 ACP
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They only use taxpayer money to download porn, so the ones left at the office will have to pick up the slack.

This will drive their productivity from 5% to 0% (compared to a private sector employee).

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:37 | 4012475 FEDbuster
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Special ALERT!! The SSI division of the Free Shit Army on the move.  Friend who works at the local Post Office said the SSI checks didn't come in today.  The "crazies" were going nuts.  "Where is my check?  It has never been late!!!" One guy was screaming and dropping f-bombs.  Wait until his meds don't come.   It has begun.  

For me this is a true glimpse into the future.  Lock and load.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:44 | 4012536 Sweet Chicken
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"F bombs"
wtf this is Fightclub man the fuck up

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:43 | 4012537 patience...
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So what is Air Forces Retirement home?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:50 | 4012552 FEDbuster
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Fuck him, fuck you and definatly fuck Obama.  I like the term "f-bombs" and will continue to use it whenever I like, so shut the fuck up. BTW what's with the "wtf"?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:58 | 4012788 MisterMousePotato
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Quick ... someone email George Carlin. It's now or never, baby.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:08 | 4012818 Pool Shark
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The Republicans in the House need to point out just how good this is for the environment: think of the reduction in greenhouse gasses from all those federal employees who aren't commuting.

It will also allow the feds to put off highway expansion projects due to the decrease in traffic...



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:20 | 4012959 FEDbuster
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Wonder what the new unemployment numbers will be like with all the .gov workers filing for first time benefits this week?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:38 | 4013451 Keyser
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I guess this means Obamacare is on hold since the IRS are set to administer the program. Looks like the GOP got their wish, just leave the Federal government shut down as they can do no more harm this way. 


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:37 | 4015124 BellyBrain
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This is a good start.  Now we just need to shut down the rest of the government, and strip away the "corporate shield" so that EVERYONE who works for a scumbag corporation can be held accountable for their crimes. 


HIERARCHY is the problem in our world, both corporate and governmental, along with the insulation from consequences that hierarchy provides for those near the top.  It's time to go UNILEVEL, BITCHES!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:25 | 4013207 Gavrikon
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What the fuck is up with "wtf"?

There, I fucking fixed it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:40 | 4012721 newdoobie
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March AFB

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:54 | 4012919 olto
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That's right!!!!!

Where IS my check????

On the street, guys----this is serious!

I want my check, now!!!!!


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:33 | 4012972 CheapBastard
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No, no, no. It won't get serious until Popeye's runs out of chicken again:



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:26 | 4012966 TheFourthStooge-ing
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If all the IRS workers are sitting at home paying for their own porn then who's left to crack the whip on all the tax slaves?

And who's left to audit and harass Obama's political foes?

(Ah, that seems like such a distant memory...so many scandals ago.)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:40 | 4012321 cifo
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I am surprised that the internet is still working :)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:45 | 4012328 DaddyO
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The NSA must not be part of the furlough, they need to keep tabs on the furloughees, don't ya know...


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:34 | 4012516 stant
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yeah might turn into mr stack

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:42 | 4013032 BorisTheBlade
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True that, they are not on the list.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:12 | 4013395 ndotken
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I don't see Congress on the list either.  I guess they exempted themselves from furlough.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:34 | 4012512 mofreedom
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Al Gore built that dont ya know...the spying musy go on.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:47 | 4012547 Fake_nation
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Shutdown's not turning out so bad. This is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but with a whimper: 


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:39 | 4013453 Keyser
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Just like the sequester that was supposed to be the end of the world. I guess only for Demotards as the rest of us are doing just fine. 


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:11 | 4012945 Pandorable
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A cyber "attack" conveniently timed right now is the least of our worries. The govt shutdown is the cover story to keep everyone distracted. Chew on this piece of nastiness:


"FEMA & CDC Activate Emergency Alert System" - This, after many months of preparing for martial law to be effective Oct 1, 2013.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:41 | 4013458 Keyser
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The plebs need something to occupy their minds. Last year it was the Maya calendar catastrophe, this year it's FEMA, Niburu (sic), etc... There is always some disaster right around the corner. The trick is to profit from the sheeple when they all herd one direction or another. 


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:59 | 4012387 max2205
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Moar O Phones for everyone

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:02 | 4012400 Tijuana Donkey Show
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O Phones are part of the USAC program, which is funded by the Universal Access Fee on your phone/cable/Internet bill. I had to call them about a program called E-Rate today, and they are still open. Why? A "tariff" isn't a "tax."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:02 | 4012402 Tijuana Donkey Show
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:07 | 4012423 Tijuana Donkey Show
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As a note, the "Obamafone" program started under Reagan, and expanded with the Tracfone under Carlos Slim. See if you qualify! http://www.lifelinesupport.org/ls/eligibility/default.aspx

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:18 | 4013157 KidHorn
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The furloughs will save the gov't $8.5 billion in salaries and benefits every year. About 3 days of FED printing. The net number is even smaller since much of it is paid back in taxes.


Seriously, employee salaries are not the problem. it's entitlements.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:48 | 4012343 ziggy59
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What doesnt kill you, makes you broker...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:18 | 4012456 A Lunatic
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Sounds like a good slogan for ObamaCare.........

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:28 | 4012496 Pure Evil
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I think they'll have to change it to:

  "If our medical services don't kill you, then you'll definitely be broker"

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:35 | 4012519 mofreedom
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nein...if our meds services dont kill you, our dhs bullets will.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:46 | 4012546 Pure Evil
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Sumptin gonna kill yew ana it probs be us

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:13 | 4012952 Pandorable
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Or the pandemic released intentionally, or fill in the __________.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:30 | 4012504 goldenbuddha454
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I tried to give you a 100 more up arrows but ZH wouldn't let me do it

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:50 | 4012364 Croesus
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OH MY GOD....please tell me the IRS didn't get shut down...anybody but them, please! What will America do?

Cheer? Hold a parade? Cigars all around?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:05 | 4012410 Tijuana Donkey Show
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The irony is that any time I've had trouble with the IRS, the local office was at least helpful. Being closed is like getting assfucked, but the employees had the lube. Get gruntin bitchez!


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:39 | 4012528 mofreedom
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The mexican IRS?  US IRS stinks like obamas dildo.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:21 | 4012478 miro1a
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They only furloughed the ones that work on the returns.  The one's that take the money out of the paychecks are still there, working overtime.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:47 | 4013239 kralizec
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Drink and shoot guns in the air?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:52 | 4012365 Freddie
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Layoff or fire 70% of these f**ks.  332,000 work in veterans afrairs?  WTF is that?  Homeland Security?  The borders are wide open - how is this homeland security?  BS created by false flags. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:04 | 4012409 DaddyO
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The borders are wide open, but god forbid that they shut down the border inspection stations 80 miles inland in the CFZ(Constitution Free Zones).


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:04 | 4013017 zhandax
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Layoff or fire 70% of these f**ks.

Yup!  If they can live without them for two weeks, they can live without them for two decades.  In fact, that is true of most of the ones still on the 'job'.

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