President Obama has vowed to veto all bills presented to keep parts of the government open. In contrast, he said that he would sign a measure to pay all government employees retroactively for the time that they are furloughed, providing them with already more than an extra week of taxpayer-paid vacation this year. This would be just another perk the ruling government class awards itself at the expense of us taxpaying serfs.
In keeping with President Obama's professed dedication to "fairness," all federal employees should be ordered back to work immediately after they are guaranteed retroactive wages. The federal employees did not have a choice in the administration's decision to furlough them, but they should not be the recipients of additional weeks of paid vacation because of a totally dysfunctional government. Apparently government-contract employees furloughed would be treated the same as the rest of us commoners and not receive the same wage restoration guarantee. Apparently, as George Orwell foretold, some are more equal than others.