Dude and Dude: Furlough Confusion



“I don’t get it.”

“You called me over for that? I thought you wanted to talk about something new.”

“I don’t get it, dude, but I can pass it on to you. Here. Let me sneeze in your face … ah …”

“Nice try, dude. Y’wanna talk about somethin’, or can I go back to what I was doin’?”

“It’s about these furloughs.”

“What about ’em?”

“Well, the teachers negotiated ’em more than a month ago now. And it wasn’t exactly a secret that they were coming. But nobody said or did anything about ’em until they actually happened. And now everybody’s in a uproar. How come?”

“Because, dude, being graduates of the public schools themselves, people didn’t figure out the high cost of babysitting until they actually had to pay it. Now, of course, they’re all chanting “education” when all they really want is to get their kids out of their kitchens.”

“And now it says here that the state’s Republican party wants to end them by renegotiating the teacher’s contract.”

“So they can fire some people instead of giving them all short time. Which just happens to be what they wanted to do in the first place. Lovely negotiating tactics.”

“But in the meantime, the rest of the state’s workers got contracts with furloughs too. So if the teachers go back to school on Fridays, they won’t have any schools to go to ’cause all the other workers are out on furlough.”

“Same answer, dude. They renegotiate that contract so they can fire people like they wanted to in the first place. Bottom line remains the same. Except that state employees will join the parents who got sacked from their jobs because they had to stay home with their kids.”

“But, dude! The money guys are saying that the recession’s over. Couldn’t they just raise taxes just a little bit to keep these folk working?”

Republicans raise taxes to keep a pack of Democrats in jobs? Dude, are you getting enough sleep?

– O Ceallaigh
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All opinions are mine as a private citizen.

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3 Responses to Dude and Dude: Furlough Confusion

  1. Doug says:

    Sort of depends on who they fire. Firing people can be cleansing.

  2. Quilly says:

    How about we fire the management and start over? Okay, whoever is in charge, please stand up.

    I’m waiting …..

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