Budget hawks or just plain assholes?

February 11, 2010 at 1:13 am | Posted in Economy, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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National Capitol digs out of snow. Washington, D.C., Jan. 14. Nearly five inches of snow blanketed the city yesterday, followed by sleet. Icy steps made the going to and from the Capitol difficult until workmen arrived this morning and scraped away the menace. 1939 January 14. (Library of Congress)

Federal workers in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas were ordered to stay home from work Monday and Tuesday after last weekend’s unusually heavy snow storm because municipalities did not have the money to clear roads and Metro tracks. Many are going to be staying home again tomorrow.

It costs taxpayers $100 million in lost productivity every day that federal agencies are shut down due to snow in Washington, DC. And that doesn’t take into account businesses that had to close or had no customers and non-federal workers who had to take a day or two off, some without pay.

Guess who thinks it’s outrageous that the president has declared a snow emergency so that FEMA funds can be used to clear snow so that people can get to work?

I’ll give you two guesses, but I have a feeling you won’t need both.

Thanks, Dependable Renegade!


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