- Posted October 10, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Furlough – Day 8 – We the People
Son: “Hi Daddy”
Dad: “Hey Buddy”
Son: “Dad when are you going back to work”.
Dad: “I don’t know”
Son: “Why can’t go you go back. Were you fired?”
Dad: “No son, my job is still there I just can’t work at it”.
Dad: “Because Congress hasn’t passed a budget for the federal government so there is supposedly no money to pay me so I have to stay home from work”.
Son: “But yesterday I heard you telling mommy they will probably pay you for the time you are off”.
Dad: “That’s what it looks like”
Son: “So you’re not fired and they are going to pay you, but they won’t let you do your job”.
Son: “And this is Congress”
Dad: “More or less, yes”
Son: “And their job is to pass a budget and keep the government working”
Son: “So what you are saying is they can’t do their job, but they are still working and getting paid, while you, who can do your job, is sitting at home and not getting paid?”
Son: “So if there are people in Congress who can’t do their job why don’t we fire them and put you, who can do yours, in their place?”
Dad: “I am just a civil servant and not an elected official. They were elected and furthermore it is very hard to fire them”.
Son: “Who elected them?”
Dad: “We did”
Dad: “We the people of the United States”
Son: “We the people of the United States voted for a bunch of folks who can’t do their job, and even after we know about this still pay them”
Dad looks unsure how to respond: “I guess that is true”
Son thinks for a long moment then responds: Dad
Dad: “Yes Son”
Son: “We the people are not very smart”.