The New York Times thought the size of the government shutdown might be easier to convey to its readers if it could compare the number of people furloughed to some large, private corporations. Just how many people are we talking about here?
800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown. That is more than double the number of people who work for Target, and 16 times the size of the entire coal mining industry. https://t.co/LUhfe0odC1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 5, 2019
So in a limited government shutdown, more that twice the number of people who work for Target nationwide are either furloughed or working for a deferred paycheck? That’s a lot of people — and we hadn’t even noticed.
This speaks volumes, and probably not in the way the NY Times intended. https://t.co/JRwICjklrS
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) January 6, 2019
And 16 times the size of the entire coal industry? We’re old enough to remember when President Obama said he was going to bankrupt the coal industry, and also when candidate Hillary Clinton said she was going to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” We don’t remember much of a fuss from the New York Times, though.
So, you’re saying we have WAY too many federal employees?
— coyote_50 (@coyote_50) January 6, 2019
That is a ridiculous amount of non essential employees.
— Donnie (@Lure132) January 5, 2019
Sounds like we have too many people working for the government
— Ron Solo (@RonSoloSwanson) January 6, 2019
Exhibit A of why we need a smaller government. https://t.co/ifjqMJFc5O
— Sandwich Lady (@jessepstein) January 6, 2019
Wow. What a great example showing that government is way too large.
— Camacho2020! (@jcschmieder) January 5, 2019
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 6, 2019
Just proof that our govt is too damn big!
— President Camacho (@BrawndoLabs) January 6, 2019
You say that like it's a bad thing.
— The Truth About Guns (@guntruth) January 6, 2019
Do we need all those employees and what do they really do ?
— scott juliano (@scottjuliano) January 6, 2019
That's disturbing. Government bureaucracy being one of our nation's biggest industries doesn't seem very healthy or sustainable. We need to find out what all those people do and if we really need them doing it.
— Sandbagger (@Sandbagger_one) January 5, 2019
Kind of makes you wonder why the US Government has that many employees given that it doesn’t provide nearly that amount of service or value. ? https://t.co/yaWhDr5Rt3
— Jonathan Witt (@Jonathan_Witt) January 6, 2019
Almost like there’s too many government employees and they need to get real jobs. https://t.co/oxVAEQ5AVv
— Eric July (@EricDJuly) January 6, 2019
If these govt employees could hack working private sector, they could find a new job in about 5 mins.
— Paul Dzielinski (@Pdzielinski) January 6, 2019
Workers in the private sector are subject to reduced hours, layoffs, and firings with or without gov't shutdowns. https://t.co/2ToBpUlgi6
— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) January 6, 2019
Guess the Democrats better make a deal then. https://t.co/zChPvQX6tW
— jon gabriel (@exjon) January 6, 2019
Solve it. Approve the wall. It's a win/win for the american people.
— Mitch Cleland (@Mtch4u21H) January 5, 2019
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 5, 2019