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An Offended Non-Essential Employee

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RUSH: Here's Dan, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.  Great to have you, sir.  EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  How you doing?

RUSH:  I'm fine.  Great to have you here.

CALLER:  Great.  I'm calling because I guess I'm labeled an unessential government employee.

RUSH:  Nonessential is the term.

CALLER:  I'm sorry.  Nonessential.

RUSH:  What did you do?

CALLER:  I work at the War College creating online courseware for our graduate program that we have.  So it's a government agency that actually produces something.  And right now, a lot of my unessential or nonessential work isn't getting done and it's piling up, and I guess my point of calling is that it seems like everybody has this attitude to nonessential personnel that, why do we even have a job to begin with. And I have a lot of work to do right now, and I can't get it done because of what's going on in Congress.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  And with the president and the Senate.

RUSH:  Look, I understand how you feel.  I mean, your own company, as it were, your own government has classified you as nonessential.

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  And, as such, your own government has determined that when they have to shut down, it's you who get shut down. 

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  So people who pay your salary with their taxes are asking, "Well, if they're nonessential --" see, words mean things "-- then why are they there?"  I think to be honest with you, I understand why people are doing it, because they think it's a way to make a point.  I think the rule is, according to the federal guidelines, only people who protect life and property are essential government workers.  I mean, you could even say that members of the House and Senate, on a snow day, are nonessential. 

CALLER:  They're nonessential now.

RUSH:  I agree.  (laughing)

CALLER:  (laughing)

RUSH:  Look, I just want to assure you, it's a rhetorical exercise for a lot of people who think they can make a point about government waste, and because it's their taxpayers.  I think there are far larger issues than whether or not you are essential or not.  I know you want to be.  Everybody does.  Everybody wants to matter.  I can understand you being offended at Obama telling you you don't matter.  I would be upset, too.

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