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 - 20:26 | 4012270 Jendrzejczyk
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Gotta be a lie. No way they are going to shut down the one entity sucking us all dry.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:26 | 4012271 Bastiat
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Typical government decision: you're broke so shut down your revenue source -- not that I mind, just a business observation.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:20 | 4012473 DaddyO
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Just shows how unimportant revenue sources are when you have a Federal Reserve Bank!


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:31 | 4012275 chump666
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Like i said, not so bad.  A test for the great reset.  As for Ben printing filling stock gaps, like i said, it's all for Wall Street.  The Reverse Repo NY Fed hustle (not to tighten liquidity lol) was to keep the cronies funded for the shutdown.

Keep the market bid, sell back at the high ask etc etc etc.  We all know that stocks should be down over 5% on a shutdown. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:33 | 4012288 fonzannoon
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Ben is going to jump to 100 billion next month just for shits and giggles as gold goes sub $1,200. The two highest viewed youtube's will be "Peter Schiff wss right, part 2" and "Peter Schiff was wrong, part 1".

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:19 | 4012465 chump666
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lol re: Peter Schiff

It's just crazy, but then again when has it not being crazy.  The market is so distorted and out of whack it's kinda scary.  The Fed can go nuts printing, but we could get that total loss of confidence in USTs and the USD.  Could be close to Faber's endgame.

If gold goes sub 1200, imo it would mean all central banks (Asia and Russia) are trying everything they got to keep the virtual money markets bid.  rule of thumb when the markets mattered =  gold smashed, deflation coming.

but gold bugs could have the last laugh, again, Faber is right about gold and confiscation if we are close to a breakdown of all markets.  I dunno about Asia though, they may also confiscate gold.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:27 | 4012493 fonzannoon
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"all central banks (Asia and Russia) are trying everything they got to keep the virtual money markets bid."

This seems to be the big plan.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:28 | 4012277 ledzep213
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There is a National Archie's?!?!?!  I bet they have great pork sausage.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:46 | 4012336 grunk
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Only Jugheads are deemed essential employees in the Federal system.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:40 | 4013459 Reader1
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You beat me to the punch sir.  I want to know where I can find the National Archies, too.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:31 | 4012282 Yes_Questions
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 Hell, thats pretty good! Only missed it by 9%.


I'm with the Government, spare a dime?


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:30 | 4012283 NidStyles
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I'm not even sure why some of those are even government isntitutions. Endowment for the humanities and Art? You mean I've been paying for dipshits with useless time wasting things to run around wasting money on fingerpainting?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:51 | 4012367 CaptainObvious
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Heh heh, they don't use mudane mediums like paint these days.  Art is now a "performance" with lights and sounds that you have to experience.  But yeah, we're paying for it.  And yes, they are dipshits.  Pretentious dipshits.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:59 | 4012390 Beam Me Up Scotty
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" Endowment for the humanities"

That's code for porn......they are checking on how well endowed the humanities are.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:00 | 4012393 IndyPat
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That's not even the most exhaustive list of agencies or sub-bastard nested hell spawn.
I saw shit on on list like the Udall Foundation. Total bullshit.
The list also had breakouts for 15 divisions of USDA.

Here it is...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:53 | 4012772 NidStyles
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Oh lord, there goes my blood pressure....

I think it's time to load my rifles and get ready for the moron stampede if this shit is the swan of negro flavor.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:32 | 4012284 NOZZLE
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Anyone here ever keep working for someone who could temporarily not make payroll.   

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:56 | 4012780 NidStyles
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I don't work without someone putting money down for me even spending time to consider their proposal. They are paying me for my time, not me paying them for their consideration of employment.


I think this is a distinction that many people have never been taught and why so many people do not understand the value of their labor.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:31 | 4012285 Dr. No
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Couldnt happen to a better bunch of assholes.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:32 | 4012286 wisehiney
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All tax audits are being rescheduled for the next election day.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:32 | 4012290 Fix It Again Timmy
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Maybe CONgress can hold a bake sale - Cmon, Nancy P., start baking....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:41 | 4012323 One And Only
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I don't want someone who looks like that near my food or in my immediate atmosphere.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:33 | 4012293 chart_gazer
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Just remember, as soon as they stop the theatre and end up funding everything they said they weren't going to fund, all these dudes will get paid retroactively.  This is just for show folks.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:53 | 4012369 TrustWho
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...Not this time, but people have to call. 

For all you cynics, calls stopped the missle attack on Syria. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:57 | 4012783 NidStyles
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I'm pretty sure there was a bear wrestling ruskie involved in that.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:41 | 4012315 Seasmoke
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91% of IRS. THAT'S RAYCISM. (If you ever had to call these scumbags you know what I mean.)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:14 | 4012316 moonstears
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IRS works for the banking cartel, ultimately...Show down between DC and Wall ST? DC finally realize their honorable predecessors "took they powah an give it to tha bankah gangstaz??" Mr Soros please advise(you skum-shit fucker)

TARP....rememeber that? Bernanke gave $700 bil to save "us" then gave $700bil+ for "swaps". Remember when Congress approved that other $700bil plus, for the swaps? No? Right, they didn't. Question is...who controls US currency, then?  DC's been had(for almost a century, now).

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:40 | 4012322 ArisAron
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Boehner + Reid = Boereing.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:01 | 4012333 One And Only
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Export Import Bank?

Niggah what is that?


haha. No shit.

"The Export-Import Bank recognizes the importance of minority and woman-owned businesses and has created a business development team that works solely with these businesses. “They provide hands-on guidance to small businesses, woman and minority-owned companies that wish to export and/or learn how to qualify for and access Ex-Im Bank assistance."

Why is it that there are no programs for White Men?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:16 | 4012649 hoos bin pharteen
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Export Obama!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:48 | 4012348 wisefool
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Implement a consumption tax  with no more than three categories. (i.e. food, electricity, water = 2%, durable goods = 5%, captital goods = 3%)

Require that any and all other provisions in the taxcode, ostenibly to address TEMPORARY market conditions, can not exceed 1 page of form and one page of explanation, For every person. Including those corporate persons.

Pay the IRS agents a full wage and benes for the rest of their lives to NOT fight against the american people. Kinda like how the USA pays nations around the world Billions to not fight each other.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:18 | 4012656 sosoome
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I prefer the Constitutional way. Tax the States per the census, and restore State representation in the Senate. Most of the bullshit would cease.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:44 | 4012742 geekgrrl
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I might differ a bit in the details, but I definitely think consumption taxes are the way to go.

People shouldn't be taxed on their labor, and businesses shouldn't be taxed for facilitating trade and filling human needs. Nobody should have their property taxed, and nobody should be coerced to buy a defective product from a private entity (a la Obamacare) under the guise of a "tax."

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:55 | 4014316 Thisson
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Nor should taxes subsidize one form of production over another, or one form of good over another, because that distorts markets and intereferes with the most efficient allocation of goods.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:49 | 4012349 Fix It Again Timmy
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Yes the bankers will be pissed because if you look at the back of any check made payable to the IRS you will see that it has been endorsed as "Pay Any F.R.B. Branch or Gen. Depository for Credit U.S. Treas. This is in Payment of U.S. Oblig." Yes, that's right, every dime you pay in income taxes is given to those private banking families, commonly known as the FED, tax free......Hey, HEY, HEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY, we're not getting our money!!!!.........

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:06 | 4012414 UncleFurker
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I google-image'd that phrase expecting to find photos of endorsed cheques but couldn't find any. It might be a hoax?



Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:49 | 4012350 ziggy59
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If the .gov works so well without the extras, why have the workers come back?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:50 | 4012354 e_goldstein
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Excellent. Now lay them off.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:51 | 4012357 wisehiney
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Essential oBUMMERcare Euthanaisianist working overtime.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:51 | 4012366 IndyPat
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Bittersweet...I have tax stamps for five surpressors and two short barreled rifles pending that are now going to be further into BATFE limbo land. This will add lots more time to the clock. I'm sure rubberstamp joe whatshisname isn't considered "essential" in the shutdown scheme, by any stretch.
Guess I'll have to be rowdy until then. If she goes completely tits up, I suppose the stamps won't matter and the law won't either not that it should in this case, but that would be 1500 FRNs down the drain...along with the rest of it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:00 | 4012589 Sweet Chicken
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Don't feel bad I'm waiting on a new Stag Arms model 8 right now with all the trimmings.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:03 | 4012590 Sweet Chicken
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I'm an idiot

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:52 | 4012370 lunaticfringe
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Actually we don't need the IRS. I wrote a letter telling the Cheespope to just go ahead and print the 4500 bucks I'm gonna owe this year. Saves us all a lot of hassle.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:53 | 4012373 UncleFurker
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332000 employees for veteran affairs? WTF?



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:20 | 4013416 WarPony
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VA operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.

Plus two unfunded bull-shit wars and "peace-keeping" (read: puppet master bullshit) operations around the globe.  Mongo but pawn ...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 20:58 | 4012381 Fix It Again Timmy
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332000 Employess for veteran affairs?  Yeah, and that's only the day shift......

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:00 | 4012394 Heroic Couplet
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Elizabeth Warren: "GOP can't win elections, can't win in Congress, and can't win in the courts, so they resort to taking hostages."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:17 | 4012454 moonstears
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Hate to hear it 'cause Warren is(was) actually quite an economist IMO. Some of the best alive are ladies.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:05 | 4012603 yogibear
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Look at Brooksley Born, she wasn't an economist but figured out Alan Greedscam and Larry Summer's game.

She of course was blackballed by them for it.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:11 | 4013154 Clashfan
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Watch out for the senators and con-gresscritters being blown up as heroes. Warren, for example, wanted to make GMO labeling "voluntary." Uh-huh. Now why would anyone do that?

Ted Cruz's wife is a Goldman Suckenstein VP.

Look it up.


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