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CSPAN Reporting that 90% of IRS employees will be furloughed! *Update: Shut down saving US Taxpayers $6.7 million per hour!

Let the shutdown continue! According to graphic below posted by SteveMT, 815,932 DC jobs are being furloughed. If they were all getting paid minimum wage in DC ($8.25/hour) that results in a savings of $6.7 million USD per hour or $53 million per day! What a great way to solve our debt crisis!


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The chart is now in your post.

That should work even better.

A one year shutdown at this lowest pay rate would save $14B.

Hey Thanks SteveMT!

Looks much better there, especially with the complete list!

That's 10% shy of what we need

We still are not even close to saving enough. Shut some more stuff down already. Don't stop now.



According to Rand Paul, 15% of the government is not funded. Imagine the savings if 50% of the government was not funded.

Unfortunately, when the

Unfortunately, when the shutdown is over the employees are paid for the time they were "furloughed". The shutdown becomes a paid vacation. We're out the employees' pay anyhow but they didn't do any work during that time.

The only up side is that most of them do more harm than good when they're actually working, so the "shutdown" is still a net gain. B-/

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Smaller Government is Great!

Lets keep it shut down as long as possible. People don't need to visit government tourist traps. People can go to private tourist traps like Disney World and Universal Studios.

Government employees make double what people in the private sector make. I'm sure they have plenty of savings to make it a few months without pay. They should take advantage of their unscheduled vacation and do some home fixup projects they've been putting off.

I read somewhere that the

I read somewhere that the federal employees who continue to work, will get delayed pay for sure. And that the furloughed employees might actually get paid pending Congress' decision. And that when the last shutdown happened, the Congress ultimately voted to pay the then furloughed employees.

If only these furloughed employees realize the real job situation and start contributing constructively to the economy :O It is no surprise that these furlough-able employees were once classified as 'non-essential'.


90% of the IRS
94% of the EPA
most of the park services (dept of interior)
all we need now is the department of education and we will be getting almost all of Ron Paul's plan to cut cost when he became president..

How Good Can It Get???

How Good Can It Get???

Ed Rombach

Best news I've heard today


Trouble is, that even at 50 million a day - it will take 20 year

be a billion dollars.

and even then the US is in debt 1,600 BILLION.

Your math may be just a touch off

50 million per day
500 million per ten days
5 billion per 100 days
50 billion per 1000 days
500 billion per 10,000 days
1 trillion per 20,000 days

20,000 / 365 = 54.8 years per trillion
18.25 billion per year

still balances the budget sooner

then Paul Ryan's plan would have


You just happen to be 100% correct there.

What About NSA?

Does government shut down mean NSA must scale back on domestic meta-data spying on all Americans?

Ed Rombach

90% that's it?

They can do better than that...

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Are there any links

to sources for these claims? I would love to pass them on to friends.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Hi Pil45!

No source directly. What I did was take the number of furloughed employees and multiplied that number by $8.25 which is Washington D.C's minimum wage. We all know these guys make way more than minimum wage so it is a very conservative number: 815,000 government jobs X $8.25/hour = 6.7 million FRN per hour. The crazy thing to think about is that there is a multiplier effect that is hidden in this number. Not only do we save this money, we have less regulations on the free market which as an even greater positive effect on the economy than just the savings alone. Even though it may be argued that money is not being spent on consumer goods for instance since there will be higher unemployment, the money will stay with the productive class in our economy...this will make the economy even more productive...the old Austrian rule more savings leads to more investment etc..

How to shrink big gov?


unfortunately, this is merely a paid vacation

they will all get their lost income paid. so in the end it's a bonus for these workers

Forget a Furlough

First discontinue unemployment, then fire them. To get the economy back on track we need more people in productive jobs.

Is it really fair to pay into

Is it really fair to pay into unemployment but then you don't get to use it? I don't think that's something Ron Paul would agree with, I think he'd say a tapering off would be more appropriate.

If You Work For Govt... Absolutely Yes

Nobody who works for government has paid into the system, because everything they get has been stolen from taxpayers. No unemployment for the bureaucrats, they haven't paid in.

Good point...A very hard

Good point...A very hard truth for them to swallow, I'm sure.

Best. News. Ever.


"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Even Better...93% of the EPA employees are furloughed!

Check the stats below.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon


The government considers the IRS a non essential service...how cool is that.

Yes..... Please make the shutdown permanent!!!

Call your congressman leave a message (There are no staffers now) and tell them you support the government shutdown!!


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

A good start!

A good start!