Did you feel sorry for those poor US federal government workers during the recent government shutdown? No need; it was just another paid vacation for them. From the Financial Times:

“The US government spent $2 billion on wages of federal workers who were on leave during last month’s shutdown, according to a new report by the White House Budget office that sought to highlight the costs of last month’s fiscal stand-off. Although the employees were on unpaid leave at the time, they were paid retroactively under the terms of the deal to end the shutdown.”

Not only are federal government workers paid more than private sector employees, they have excellent government benefits, lots of vacation and sick time, medical plans – and a few extra weeks of paid vacation every time the government runs out of money!