Two Weeks Into Shutdown, Hundreds of TSA Agents Have Stopped Showing Up for Work

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Donald Trump recently suggested that he has the upper hand in the government shutdown fight because “most of the people not getting paid are Democrats.” By this, the president meant that his party depends less on the support of federal workers than Chuck Schumer’s does, and that Democrats will therefore have a harder time standing their ground during a prolonged shutdown than he will.

Beyond the moral odiousness of this position, there was one strategic flaw in Trump’s reasoning: Precisely because they’re aligned with Democratic Party, public-sector unions are likely to be more willing to engage in work stoppages under a GOP president than they might be under a pro-labor one.

Two weeks into the shutdown, formal labor militancy has yet to materialize. But an informal pseudo-strike is already taking shape at America’s major airports [. . .]

via Two Weeks Into Shutdown, Hundreds of TSA Agents Have Stopped Showing Up for Work – Eric Levitz@EricLevitz5:25 P.M. — Just Sayin’

4 thoughts on “Two Weeks Into Shutdown, Hundreds of TSA Agents Have Stopped Showing Up for Work

  1. I suspect no one who travels by air in the US will lament the loss of TSA agents who seem to indiscriminately target elderly women for pat downs. The notion that this activity somehow protects Americans from terrorist attacks is a psychological scam designed to perpetuate support for continued US empire building masquerading as the War on Terror. It’s also useful in promoting blind compliance with a domestic agenda that has systematically stripped us of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

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    • True! And I hope the stalemate over the border wall funding continues because only if enough Americans are impacted by this covering ALL income ranges will anything of significance be done about the fact that Washington plays these shutdown games far too often that impacts the lives of millions. But as long as this only impacts those who are on food stamps or need HUD subsidies, nothing is going to be done about it. It has to impact those who are usually not impacted by a shutdown to see if there is any life left in the almost comatose American populace.

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      • Excellent point, Shelby. It’s high time these ridiculous shutdowns began affecting middle class people, as well. People need to learn how useless and corrupt their government is and, most of all, that it doesn’t serve their interests.

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