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Opening Arguments

Snow foolin'

Buncha wusses in Washington. Least little bit of snow that wouldn't even faze a Hoosier, and they get all end-of-the world panicky, trying to outdo each other in naming the storms. Snowmageddon. Snowzilla. Snowpocalypse. Snowgasm.

The good news, I thought, is that at least the snow did something only Newt Gingrich has been credited with doing in the past: Shut down the federal government. But we can't even enjoy that totally:

In Washington, the prospect of a continued government shutdown isn't cheap. Officials estimate that it costs about $100 million a day in lost productivity for the government, although that figure likely is offset by employees' increasing ability to work from home. Major winter storms also can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in broader economic losses, said the Insurance Information Institute.

Gotta love a government that's so costly even when it can't get Still, that $100 million a day is chickenfeed compared to what they cost us when they're not shut down.


Tim Zank
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 12:44pm

You'll never convince me that $100 million dollar is accurate. It's based on loss of productivity, which means one would be assuming the employees in question were in fact "productive" when at work.

I subscribe to the theory that whenever there is an opportunity for government to NOT be at work, we are indeed fortunate.

Bob G.
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 1:53pm

I LIKE that theory...a LOT!