David B. Grinberg
David, as a "non-essential" furloughed fed, I can assure you that I am not spending money on a beach-side vacation, especially without pay.
And while you are technically correct about a "paid vacation" per se -- that is, assuming back pay is in fact forthcoming (not a done deal yet) -- there aren't any furloughed feds that I know who view the current situation this way.
Most of us, as you know, are shuffling bills and personal household spending priorities until this mess ends. Most of us are hoping and praying to return to work ASAP.
I agree that in an ideal world the "essential" feds should be paid for working. However, to imply that feds suffering through furloughs are on vacation at the beach and jumping for joy is both disingenuous and far fetched -- as someone of your high intelligence surely knows.
Thank you for considering this.