You read it right. If you foul up big time in Washington, you get a paid vacation.
O, the pain! O, the humiliation! Well, not much humiliation. Your friends and neighbors just figure you’re on vacation, and your fellow employees want in on the action.
This is how the FedGov works. These people are protected under Civil Service laws. It is basically impossible to fire them. To cut their pay, there has to be a series of hearings. The union may get involved.
So, you send them home. For children, it’s called “time out.” But for big people, it’s time out with videogames, a full-screen TV, and other amusements.
The money is chump change by Washington standards, but it reveals the problem: there are no significant negative sanctions for being a foul-up.
This is good. It means that the entire system is riddled with slackers. Slackers are what freedom-loving people want in Washington.
About 57,000 workers got this benefit. I think the government should allocate at least ten times this much. Make slacking something worth pursuing on a systematic basis.
Begin with the IRS.