How to avoid a government shutdown: Furlough Congress

March 03, 2011

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about regarding the government shutdown. I think the solution is quite simple: Just pay all the regular government workers their regular pay and let them continue to work — and furlough all the members of Congress.

Those lawmakers should have to work around the clock without compensation instead of continuing to get paid and not resolving anything.

Once they solve the budget problems they can resume getting paid. And bingo! They will "magically" come to consensus and have it solved in a day or two.

David Fogle, Catonsville

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