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DC Federal Offices To Open, Despite Showers

From a deeply concerned Washington Post:

D.C. region’s federal offices remain open despite weather

By Josh Hicks | November 26, 2013

Federal offices in the D.C. metro area will remain open on Tuesday despite a wintry storm expected to hit the region over the next two days, but agency employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or telework for the day.

Thank goodness! We wouldn’t want anyone to risk their lives to go to work in the rain. And who cares if 17% of the work force don’t show up? It’s not like that will shutdown the government or cost the economy $24 billion dollars.

Besides, isn’t it unfair to ask government employees to ‘work’ during Thanksgiving week? In fact, we suspect very few of them actually do.

For the record, here is the weather forecast for Washington DC, via NOAA:

Washington DC

Today: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 39. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 38. East wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Wednesday: Rain showers before 3pm, then rain and snow showers likely. High near 43. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Oh, the courage of our government employees. ‘Neither mist, nor threatening skies, nor gentle breeze shall stay the federal workers from their cushy jobs.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DC Federal Offices To Open, Despite Showers”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Yeah, I used to have a “cushy” federal job.

    My first assignment was in Germany in 1980. I was a weapons loader on F-4’s. We had a 24/7 operation during the cold war. We configured aircraft in the rain, the snow, the wind the….well….wasn’t much heat to talk about but, regardless of the weather, we were out there “jobbin”.

    And then we had “alerts” or simulated exercises to simulate war conditions. We donned our gas masks and ate C-rations, when they remembered to feed us and worked 12 hour shifts and busted our humps to demonstrate to Ivan that we could beat him with one hand tied behind our backs.

    Then there were TDY’s, or “temporary duty” where we’d pile into a C-130 or C-141 and haul our butts to Spain or Italy or wherever and get a small amount of extra pay for it and also enjoy some government sponsored travel and live in temporary facilities for a few weeks and then return back to our home station with a sunburn and a smile. (Well, maybe not a smile).

    Us young kids busted our asses with the hope that when we got out of the service, there would be some opportunities for us and, thanks to the Reagan administration, there was a nation on the move, waiting for us with the chances to get an education or a decent job or both.

    Now it would seem that, except for the military, the federal jobs program is a haven for losers with a lack of desire to do anything. And yeah, they’re gonna administer your healthcare in a few years. Oh—goody! Though they cared well enough for us in the military, I really wouldn’t care for their methodology as a civilian.

    But it’s coming. And it’s intended to punish and ruin people who have lived their lives the right way. And it will. And the republicans will let it.

    Thought experiment.

    The elections happen and the republicans are swept into power in landslides. Do you really believe that they will do away with this turd of a law, or is it much more likely that they will maintain the statist attitude they have and simply come up with an equal-but-“different” law to allow them the lion’s share of the money?

    See, what’s going on is that the democrats like screwing people and the republicans do too. They just do it differently but the PEOPLE always suffer. Neither a democrat nor a statist republican (RINO) can seem to recognize that the people want less government, not more.

    But they are tuned into the needy little whiner bastards that expect others to fend for them and take care of them instead of finding ways to take care of themselves. But then, in this version of “society”, it’s sometimes impossible to fend for yourself when all options available are from the government.

    In that sense we’ve crapped our drawers and are now sitting in it. But this only seems to make statist government types happy. Ever see those photos on the internet, “There, I fixed it”?


    Yeah, like that. That’s our government. That’s how they see us and that’s also how they deem something “fixed”….like “hate-crime” laws. Oh for crying out loud.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about government, it’s that “compromise” sucks. It needs to be avoided and so far, the democrats have really made quite a nest-egg with it. But people like Boner, McConnell, McAmnesty, and the latest auditioner, Ryan, have demonstrated their complete lack of scruples. Yeah, Ryan took it to Barry and ‘splained straight-line economics to him but that’s his one trick, I guess.

    They all want to be seen as “centrists” so it would seem. And to them, that means, “There, I fixed it.”

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  3. captstubby says:

    coming soon to a Socialist country near you…

    The Swedish sickness problem
    Too many ill Swedes?

    Sweden has the “sickest work force in the world,” reports Swedish Journalist Ulf Nilson. And Monday is the “sickest day of the week.” “Another way of describing Svenska sjukan (the Swedish Disease) is to say that around one million Swedes of working age (of whom there are some five million) are not going to work today,” he writes. “Or tomorrow. Or the day after. In other words, some 20 percent. Every fifth [working-age Swede]. In spite of everything being said the disease does not strike old women…worse than any other group.” To the contrary: according to he report, the sickliest Swedes are young men, generally believed to be among the healthiest specimens on earth.

    “At which point you might say: Oops, there must be something fishy here.”

    Indeed, there is.

    “…Most of the young men, thousands of them every day, lie when they call in sick. The same goes for thousands of young women. And older people, too. They call in sick, without being sick—and why? Because it has become a habit. And because—very important this!—given the idiotic tax system, you lose very little by not working.”


    “Absence from work due to sickness has doubled during the last five years in
    Sweden. How can it be that the Swedes are so sick? Is it due to a sharp
    deterioration of the (perceived) health situation or is it a natural consequence of
    having generous universal social insurance schemes? The answer is probably a bit
    of both. In this note, we describe the problem, the policy response so far and finally
    to what extent these might be supplemented further.
    The Swedish authorities have increasingly been addressing the sickness problem in
    recent years and more generally several targets have been set, all geared towards
    achieving higher employment. This will enable keeping important tax bases as broad
    as possible, which in turn facilitates keeping tax rates as low as possible. There is
    an ambition to reduce the marginal effects resulting from the interaction of tax and
    benefit systems and the incentives to work more have increased in the last couple of
    years, due to labour income tax cuts. However, the financial incentives to go back to
    work when claiming sickness or unemployment benefits remain weak, in particular
    at the low end of the wage scale, suggesting that there is still scope for


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