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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 - 21:03 | 4012403 f16hoser
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I didn't see Air Technicians on your list. Since I stayed home today, here's what I did: Made a cash contribution to Steve Lonegans Senate race against Cory Booker (NJ). I live in the Midwest but donated anyway. Steve is a True Conservative. Booker, well, he supports Obummercare. Need I say more? This is a very important Senate race. It's time to fight these Liberal-Fucktards from the bottom-up!
Incase you're interested: http://www.loneganforsenate.com/

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:45 | 4012545 Vooter
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Anyone who still votes in this country is an asshole.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:04 | 4012601 HulkHogan
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You beat me to it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:04 | 4012411 CuriousPasserby
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Two weeks until the income tax extension is over so maybe those of us who waited until the very last minute to file will just get the quick look-over without a lot of scrutiny. How much were those clothes I gave to Goodwill worth???

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:07 | 4012412 moonstears
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"Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve..."

This is the funny Tyler, I like him!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:24 | 4012676 saulysw
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I was wondering about GM myself...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:05 | 4012418 JR
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Wanna see terrorism? Turn on Hardball and instead of Chris Matthews experiencing a "thrill up his leg" from a Barack Obama speech, you will witness media terrorism in its most extreme stages in response to a government “shutdown.”

Hardball’s Matthews is frankly unbalanced and out-of-control; he should be in a straitjacket instead of business suit issuing political commentary.

Hysterical media types the likes of C. Matthews are calling Republicans who see that our debt is out of control and are standing for the 65% of American people who don’t want Obamacare, “terrorists.” Not only did Nancy Pelosi call Republicans who opposed Obamacare “terrorists,” she added that they’ve taken hostages.

Matthews said Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee are “terrorists with one purpose”…

“It's a strategy of mass destruction and demolition with the hope that after the rubble is settled they'll be the only ones left around to pick up the pieces… I believe it's terrorism.”

MATTHEWS: “Let me finish tonight with this: They are political terrorists. And like all terrorists, including those who use bombs, their number one goal, their only goal, is to blow things up. Cruz, Paul and Mike Lee are on a mission to destroy, shut down the American government, destroy Obamacare, drive the country into default, destroy the U.S. credit rating. Terrorists with one purpose: To bring down, not just this administration, but let's face it, the American government. Just watch. And the fact is, the likelihood out there is that this group could be the one that crashes the Republican convention next time. And that, fortunately, could be the end of them. And that's Hardball for tonight.”

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:46 | 4012539 Emergency Ward
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The violence-is-the-answer, murderous Matthews, Pelosi and Liz Warren -- and others using that same "hostage-terrorist" rhetoric and who have no problem with murdering American teenagers overseas --are now apparently advocating the extra-legal drone assassination of American political dissenters and opponents right here at home.  And they wonder why so many people disrespect them so much.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:15 | 4013401 WarPony
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After the home exploded in a fireball that knocked out windows on adjacent homes, an unidentified neighbor speaking on condition of anonymity because he did not have authority to talk to the media, said "I smelled a gas leak .. before the drone hit."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:01 | 4012595 Whoa Dammit
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Sounds to me like the wheels are about to come off and TPTB are trying to set up someone other than themselves for the blame. Otherwise, why mention default or destruction of our credit rating?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:07 | 4012420 geewhiz
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That chart is the best news I've ever seen on ZH. If only there is some way to make it go even further and last indefinitely. That's what a starving beast looks like.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:09 | 4012433 geekgrrl
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Homeland security! Hahahaha. Like we need them.

Fucking brownshirts, that's what they are. Terrorizing granny with the diapers to save us from the statistically unlikely "terrorist." (most likely brought to you courtesy of the FBI)

Can we get an economist to talk about the cost/benefit ratio as applied to this agency? I am much more likely to get struck by lightning than be a victim of a terrorist attack, so if there is an economist who can explain this irrational agency, I'd love to hear from them.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | 4012627 sosoome
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Economy is irrelevant. Having a "civilian military" on hand to suppress the masses is another matter.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:12 | 4012640 geekgrrl
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Good answer, and in my view, the correct one.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:08 | 4013068 Kobe Beef
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aka The Cheka.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:15 | 4012452 QQQBall
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and the Dude bought that 1/2 & 1/2 after tasting uit first - by writing a 69-cent check. Great opening for a flick 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:18 | 4012462 element115
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I just read that those 'furloughed' will be paid retroactively? So, they get paid for taking days off? What a bunch of fucking bullshit.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:55 | 4012572 geekgrrl
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:24 | 4012674 geekgrrl
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It appears that in previous shutdowns, there was retroactive pay. But in one article I found on the topic, it stated: "If Congress fails to pass a spending bill and shuts down the government, federal workers shouldn't expect to be made whole for their furlough days the way they were after the shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, according to the president of a union for federal employees."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:19 | 4012467 Long-John-Silver
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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.

I use Internet Streaming so why would a care one whit about FCC controlled TV?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:20 | 4012472 are we there yet
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Only 2 million total federal employees exist? Thats including the military? Makes no sense. That makes less than 1 % of the US population is a federal employee. That is not believable.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:42 | 4012535 Bollixed
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Well, if one percent of your body's cells were cancerous you'd see a similar result in your health, so on that level it is believable.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:04 | 4012600 geekgrrl
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Yea, the number seems way low. One thing to keep in mind is that the privitization craze means that there are a huge number of government contractors. So far, I've not seen any discussion of effects of the "shutdown" on contractors, so hopefully the Tylers will look into this.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:04 | 4012805 NidStyles
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Everyone that receives government subsidies or benefits is a federal employee. Don't let the semantic abuse confuse you by saying only the taxable ones are federal employees. If that were the case then most of us would not have to pay taxes by their rules, unless they are being hypocrites....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:23 | 4012479 Fix It Again Timmy
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Breaking News - We've gone full-tilt, bat-shit, Kraaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyy.....

Jacksonville International Airport in Florida was evacuated Tuesday as authorities responded to the presence of suspicious packages.

"Due to police activity regarding suspicious pkgs., JAX airport has been evacuated. Please check with airline for flight updates," read a post on the airport's Twitter page.

The evacuation was having an impact on flights, with some arriving aircraft diverted and some passengers taken from planes already on the ground to hotels.

One package was found in a garage, another in a terminal, according to Jacksonville Airport Authority spokesman Michael Stewart.

Asked whether there had been any arrests, he said: "Not to my knowledge."

An investigation is ongoing. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - give me a fucking break.....

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:23 | 4012480 Atomizer
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 00:54 | 4021535 geekgrrl
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Since I'm the only woman to post on this thread, I might be inclined to take this post personally. But I know that psychological priojection is a pretty common affair.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:22 | 4012481 Duc888
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Ok, this is the second time in 24 hours I jizzed my pants.  First time was a little premature ejac upon hearing of the shut down itself.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:27 | 4012497 orez65
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What do you call the furlough of 91% of the IRS?

A good start.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:27 | 4012498 goldenbuddha454
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Random Poll

You're Happy with the Shutdown= Arrow UP

Lois Lerner is your kinda people= Arrow Down

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | 4012848 geekgrrl
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Remember that post a few days back about SAT scores falling? This indicates stupid people are not exactly new.

"The controversial Lois Lerner, a senior official at the Internal Revenue Service — an agency whose stock in trade are numbers — claimed that she was "not good at math" when she admitted that she did not know that  one-fourth of 300 is 75."

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:36 | 4012521 Joe_in_Indiana
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Back of the envelope 800.000 x 75,000(avg salary plus benefits) = $60 billion 


Nice haircut to help balance the budget.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:30 | 4012874 MisterMousePotato
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Um, Joe?

Average salary plus benefits is $124,000. For some reason, I think it's higher, but that's the official figure. so I am told.

It's more than twice the average in 'the private sector'.

Does not count all those individuals in 'the private sector' ultimately dependent on .gov (such as doctors, nurses, as well as local .gov who get funds from fed.gov).

Altogether, they total 20-30 million, and they are paid staggering sums compared to The Private Sector.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:40 | 4012529 Critical Path
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99% of the labor relations board furloughed... how ironic. 


P.S. welcome to the "New American Economy"

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:44 | 4012540 Sokhmate
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governmentshutdownmattersnot. shadowgovernmentshutdown is what matters.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:19 | 4012841 NidStyles
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This is not some child's site, please use sentences.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:01 | 4012933 Sokhmate
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Relax. They're sentences. Mobile browses showed spaces but ate them upon posting.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:57 | 4012579 Freedumb
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Considering that these people probably do at most 1 hour of actual work per day, presumably it can't be too hard to catch up on missed work even if this goes on for weeks.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:59 | 4012585 Wilcox1
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How does the Dude fit in?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:58 | 4012784 Ms. Erable
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The Dude abides. You really needed to ask?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:11 | 4012826 Wilcox1
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Heh, jus didnt know, thx

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:01 | 4012587 NoWayJose
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Idiots! Idiots! Idiots! Insane Republicans! They have a winning strategy to divide up the appropriations and force the Senate and Obama to either table the bills or vote no (thus passing the shutdown blame to the Democrats). But NO - the Republicans play games and put these to a 2/3rds vote in the House. As expected, they fail and the shutdown blame stays in -- the House! Because the bills did not reach the Senate, blame cannot be shifted to the Senate! Idiot Republicans!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:39 | 4012699 JR
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Thank God the country is seeing this.

The bottom line is that the Republicans are trying to come up with some middle ground and Harry Reid and the president are showing that they are just ideologues, that they are glad to shut down the government to get Obamacare even though it is disapproved by 65% of the American people.

The Republicans are getting horrible media but they were going to anyway in that Big Media is owned and operated by the international globalists who are pushing hard for world socialism.

If the Republicans can get these things passed tomorrow with a simple majority, and get them over to the Senate I think it’s a good move. House leadership aides say the plan is to bring up the same measures again Wednesday in a way that would require only a simple majority to pass.

According to CNN: “The vote on restoring funding for the Veterans Affairs Department was 264-164, with 33 Democrats voting in support. A measure to fund the city of D.C. failed by a similar margin. And a bill to keep national parks and museums open also failed to get the two-thirds majority needed.” So it appears a simple majority pass is easily in the cards tomorrow.

The four Democrat senators from the red states that Romney carried who are up for reelection in 2014 have gone on the record voting to give the Congressional staff Obamacare subsidies/exemptions not available to the taxpayers. And when these additional funding bills reach Harry Reid, they are going to be on record again as not wanting to fund veterans programs, national parks and D.C. They must realize they are getting killed with this by following Reid with each of the these votes, assuring that they are going to have an opponent in the states Romney carried and they are going to get creamed.

They may love Harry, but they’re going to be gone.

It takes only three of them to change the vote in the Senate. :-)

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:03 | 4012599 Fix It Again Timmy
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Wait a goddamn minute, a few years ago with a Force 5 Hurricane moving in on New Orleans, nobody was evacuated?  But now, 2 "suspicious packages" are found and they evacuate an entire airport? 

Fuck me,



Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:05 | 4012604 W74
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What does the IRS even do between all of June and the following March (all encompassing)?  They only work 6 weeks a year anyway.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | 4012635 Curt W
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They sent my last boss threatening letters and phone calls on nearly a daily basis.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:17 | 4012654 yogibear
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They dig through tax returns trying to sqeeze working stiffs for more money. 

The IRS and the Fed created about the same time to suck out wealth and transfer it.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:07 | 4012614 EndTheMedia
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Are you telling me the entire IRS is made up of 100,000 people. HOLY shit why cant we overthrow this bullshit. Get rid of 100,000 and the BEAST starves.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:00 | 4012793 Ms. Erable
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It will never starve so long as the Fed keeps printing paper to buy other paper.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:08 | 4012616 Curt W
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Now lets re-fund each of these dept.on an individual basis and permanently reduce each by 5 - 50%

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