The news broadcasts today are talking a lot about Sequestration and Snowstorm Q.
Let’s connect those dots …
A couple of days each year, really bad weather – think, snowstorm — hits DC.
On those days, the TV and radio stations broadcast my favorite message of all:
Due the inclement weather, non-essential Federal government workers do not have to report for work today.
Raises an obvious question: why do non-essential Federal government worker ever have to report for work?
Team Obama says: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
I say, never let a good snowstorm do to waste.
The Feds should use the next snow day to good advantage.
On the next snow day, change the locks and pass out new badges and to people who self-selected as “essential” and trudged through he snow and came to work.
The non-essentials are gone … and they don’t have much of a case since they self-selected as non-essential.
It’s as easy as that.
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How many non-essentials?
During the 2011 budget showdown, there were prospects of a government shut-down.
At the time, CNN-Money reported:
There are two kinds of federal workers right now: the essential and the non-essential.
Most don’t know which group they’re in.
The budget stalemate between Congress and President Obama has raised the specter of a shutdown.
If they don’t reach a deal, the government will shift to performing only “essential operations.”
It’s likely that more than 1 million essential employees will be asked to come to work.
But workers deemed non-essential won’t be allowed to come to work or work from home.
They won’t even be allowed to turn on their BlackBerries.
The official estimate from the White House is that 800,000 non-essential workers would be asked to stay home.
There you have it: 800,000 non-essentials.
Let’s price that out.
The Cato Institute estimates that an average Federal employee hauls in $126,141 in pay and benefits.
800,000 times $126,141 is more that $100 billion.
That’s more than the Sequestor’s $89 billion.
Just pray for snow … and then change the locks.