Furloughs start tomorrow at Livermore Lab
Original post made on Oct 14, 2013
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on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm
This is a shame. It'll impact the workers, their families, and the entire community. Tell the House of Reps to grow a back bone, take a vote and stop this nonsense immediately. Enough is Enough.
on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:41 am
The whole "Shutdown" makes no sense- esp. since some are trying to revisit a done deal.
But the Lab is NOT the gov't. It is run under contract, by a private corporation, for profit.
Like the Cliff House.
They are just trying to hurt the workers, to maybe get their way?
For example the DoE denied their employees raises, for a couple of years, and imposed the same on the Labs. But Gov't employees will likely get back pay-
Yet they want to deny the Lab employees the same?
Many of the smart LLNS employees have already left.
More are sure to follow.
They can't do good science with dumb people.
on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:51 am
I would tell the president and senate to be reasonable and vote on the funding bills that everyone agrees on, and when that's done negotiate on the ones that there's disagreement on. That will put most of the government back to work.
People forget that the Constitution gives the House "power over the purse".
James Madison said (in Federalist #58):
This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as THE MOST COMPLETE AND EFFECTUAL WEAPON WITH WHICH ANY CONSTITUTION CAN ARM THE IMMEDIATE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE (i.e. the House of Representatives), FOR OBTAINING A REDRESS OF EVERY GRIEVANCE, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.
This is exactly what the House is trying to do, but our spoiled president is saying "Give me EVERYTHING I want, or the government will shut down".
Please don't listen to the mainstream media on this issue. They are always on Obama's side. BOTH sides are to blame here. But the House has presented several options to the Senate and president. THEY are the ones who refuse to vote on those options and refuse to negotiate. "All or nothing" has been their ONLY proposal. It's time for them to get real.
(By the way, my husband works at the lab, so I do have a stake in this battle. Some things are worth fighting for though, and I think this is one of them.)