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(Washington Post)   Washington DC had a little bit of rain and slush yesterday, so naturally government offices closed. What did this teach us? Well, there are an awful lot of self-identified "nonessential employees" lounging about the city. Budget cuts, anyone?   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 5
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2013-03-07 01:28:37 PM  
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Smeggy Smurf: degenerate-afro: Bendal: Commuters to the DC area have one of the longest travel times on average of anywhere in the US; up to 90 minutes one way. That means commuters are coming from western PA and WV to work in DC, places that got hit really hard by this snowfall.

People have to commute to DC because living in DC means you are either making around 100k or willing to live in a run down mouse infested apartment house.

"Hey come live in DC where 'cheap' rent is only $900 a month without utilities!"
Meanwhile minimum wage in the area is 7.25 with most DC area workers making in the $10~14 range.  Lets see, so you make around $1500 per month.  $900 goes to rent $150 goes to gas and electric.  Leaving you with $450 per month for every other expense you may run across (bus/subway fare, food, clothing, etc).  Hopefully you didn't get sick and lose out on a three or four days worth of pay.

Meanwhile you can get a house in West Virginia for around 100k.  Have a mortgage of 700~750 dollars and not have to rent. I think the choice is clear for many people.  Rent for 900 or own for 700.

Then spend $250 a month on fuel and waste 3 hours of your day commuting.


AND live in West Virginia....
2013-03-07 01:19:24 PM  
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Bendal: Commuters to the DC area have one of the longest travel times on average of anywhere in the US; up to 90 minutes one way. That means commuters are coming from western PA and WV to work in DC, places that got hit really hard by this snowfall. Considering that all of NoVA was expected to get over a foot of snow, it made a lot of sense to close offices ahead of the storm.


Nah. This is a "government always bad, no exceptions" thread. So what if a few people might have died had they been on the roads during a snow storm? Government is bad, all government employees are lazy, and none are needed...
2013-03-07 01:02:12 PM  
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2013-03-07 12:43:32 PM  
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Go suck on a Luger, subby.
2013-03-07 12:34:06 PM  
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Meh. There are oodles of tons of these non-essential employees and the number of non-essential's in the area could use some hedging.

Surely, the author isn't suggesting there is any form of overhead in terms of having 8 people ""working"" a job that only 1 of them can do?

If they were, they'd look fairly stupid for merely suggesting it.

/ Contractor in DC here, so I get to be harassed by my government overlords when I cant do in a week what takes them 6 months.
// farking watch this fat biatch down the hall show up at 10, leave at noon for lunch, back by 2, leaving before 3 and does jaaaaaaaack shiat while here. And I'm supposed to care that she gets furloughed?
 
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