After a two-week unpaid furlough, the 4,000 workers sent home by Senate Democrats willing to play politics with their livelihoods will be heading back to work, along with tens of thousands more put out of work by suspended construction projects. Our question now that this debacle is over: what was the point?
It appears to us that Big Labor’s Senate allies, such as Sens. Henry Reid (D-NV) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), were so desperate to put up a good show for their union boss pals that they didn’t care about the lives of the workers they were keeping at home. The partial FAA shutdown cost the United States over $1 billion in lost revenue, on top of the lost wages for workers sent home.
We could go on–we can only hope that Big Labor’s allies in the Senate realize that playing politics in their efforts to ensure that union dollars continue to flow into campaign coffers at the expense of thousands of American workers hurts everyone in the end.
Washington Post – “Democrats demagogue and then cave on FAA”
Hot Air – “Reid Surrenders on FAA ‘crisis’“