We are told that the federal government has furloughed 800,000 workers. Have you noticed any difference in your lifestyle? I haven’t.
Did these people perform crucial duties? If so, we should be noticing their absence. But we don’t.
The National Park Service in Washington has put up barricades around the memorials. World War II vets moved the barriers and went into the open area that constitutes the memorial. I don’t know if they were the greatest generation, but they are not the stupid generation. If the Germans and the Japanese could not stop them, the Park Service will not stop them.
It takes manpower to put up barricades. Clearly, there have not been enough layoffs. We need more.
The government is facing a problem. If it can lay off 800,000 workers, and the public does not notice, then word may get out: the government’s bureaucracy is overstaffed. Maybe these people can find other jobs. Maybe the public will not suffer a catastrophe.
It’s one thing to threaten to lay off 800,000 workers. It’s another thing to do it, and no one notices.
It’s the threat Cleavon Little used in Blazing Saddles.