I was taught that being forced to work without pay is called slavery and that slavery is illegal. I guess I’m getting old? https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/01/15/irs-bring-back-more-than-half-workforce-despite-shutdown-warns-key-functions-will-go-unfulfilled/
@jwildeboer Oh, legislation will be sought. The combative septuagenarians that caused this have got to stop. Until then I expect recall orders as mentioned in that article later today.
@alpacaherder There are already cases of violation of the 13th amendment being filed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/14/compelled-work-without-pay-federal-employees-sue-trump-violating-th-amendment/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.df3c06e85c70
@jwildeboer And they're being rejected without much consideration. My union filed one of those sorts of suits and got knocked down by the judge yesterday.
A constitutional issue requires an amendment here. That relates to our constitutional requirement to vote annually on having a standing army which forces us to an annual budget process. If that were changed, we could do multi-year budgets like businesses then just tweak it as we go.
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