Skip to comments.Petula Dvorak: In a storm, it’s interesting to note who’s ‘essential’ (Washington, DC)
Posted on 10/30/2012 2:42:28 AM PDT by Libloather
Petula Dvorak: In a storm, its interesting to note whos essential
By Petula Dvorak, Oct 29, 2012 11:06 PM EDT
The Washington Post
It's like a weirdly inverse chart, where the folks with secure government jobs, the ones with SUVs and more affluent addresses, get to stay home, bundle up and wait out the storm.
The very definition of nonessential employee is turned on its head. Law offices, lobbying shops, consulting agencies all dark. The corner store with Ho Hos and wine bottle openers? A beacon of glorious light!
Across the city, federal buildings were locked up, the Metro silent. But there wasnt an open seat at Peregrine Coffee on Capitol Hill.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
federal and city offices are closed until Wednesday and I think its an unofficial holiday up and down the Northeast.
as if getting to work is an option for tens of thousands when the metro, bus system and bridges are closed and power is off or spotty
the feds got “paid” just like all the local and state govt and school employees when the schools are closed. here the small businesses that stayed open cater to walk-in traffic
ep, the aristocracy lives on. Pay your taxes, serfs, or feel the royal whip upon your arse. Time for another revolution, only this time, play closer attention to the Constitution, unlike the past 80 years.
Yep, the aristocracy lives on. Pay your taxes, serfs, or feel the royal whip upon your arse. Time for another revolution, only this time, play closer attention to the Constitution, unlike the past 80 years.
I was in DC area last Thursday standing on the 19th floor at Rossilyn Station looking out over the massive array of buildings, offices and whatnot’s....it amazed me, quite simply. Jam packed.....all built to use of that money the government prints everyday. No imagination, just glass paned boxes - one big amorphous string of offices from one end to the other. Honestly, it looked to me like a foreign country. This is not normal America.
My guess is that Petula is pissed because the Post didn’t give her the day off.
Back in the 70’s I was applying for a job in DC. I had an interview scheduled for 9AM. I drove down from North New Jersey the day before, rented a room and took the bus into the city the interview day. My drive down found me in rain and wind, probably a strong tropical storm. Anyway, got there on time at 9 only to find the building closed. I asked what was going on and a guard told me “DC Closed Today”. When I asked why, he said because of the storm. I could make it in from 250 miles away but the local parasites could not. I should not have gone back the next day for my rescheduled interview as I got the job. I could not wait to find another job, outside of puzzle city, as soon as I could.
I’d gladly pay them all to stay home everyday and stop the nonscense. No new hires and let them attrite out.
Guys in my shop. . . Network Defense/Network Monitoring/Network Ops. . . had to come in. God forbid the GS-15s and Bird Colonels and higher not be able to VPN in. . .
Of course, the cafeteria is closed: it’s brown bags and the coffee pot. . . .
Maybe they could have an “essential personell only” on a nice day and then put pink slips on all the empty desks.
Oops, sorry, don’t know what I was thinking.