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The Day After Tomorrow Can Wait
February 11, 2010 - Rob Weaver
For the fourth day in a row today, federal offices in Washington were closed due a winter storm that dumped 18-32 inches of snow on the region.
Every time the estimated 230,000 government workers in the Capital get a snow day, it costs their employer an estimated $100 million in lost productivity and related costs. Trouble is, because about 85 percent of federal employees work outside the region, that expense is added to the roughly $8.5 billion the federal government spends each day.
Which means, no, this is not God’s way of forcing fiscal restraint upon the federal bureaucracy.
But look on the bright side. The House of Representatives closed Tuesday and took the rest of the week off. By and large, so did the Senate.
And did you notice?
I say, let FEMA handle the snow removal. Maybe some New Orleans residents would want to help ... after the Mardi Gras parties are over next week.
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