POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:06pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Nothing drives the mainstream media crazier than the threat of a story about the government being shut down.
Goodness knows we cannot function without them, and I"m paraphrasing that wise political commentator, David Letterman, "doing stuff".
Well, the next time you hear one of those stories you can know that the government has not been there a lot of 2014,
In fact, many have not even worked a week this new year.
The Washington Times reports between snow days, official holidays, and the government shutdown, federal employees have worked a normal day business day less than 75 percent of the time since October 1, 2013, marking a startlingly chaotic beginning to the fiscal year.
Offices have been close din whole or in part for 27 of the 105 weekdays so far in the fiscal year.
The government was closed for 21 days because of the shutdown, snow days, or holidays. Delayed openings or unscheduled leave and telework policies were in effect for six more days.
Congress is the worst offender when it tomes to time away from the main office.
Neither the House nor the Senate has worked a full Monday to Friday work week in 2014.
House member have been in session for 17 of the 35 weekdays so far this year, less than 50 percent.
Senators have met in full session for 18 days, slightly better than 50 percent.
Anyone feel the difference? Didn't think so.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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