Those of us who live, work in and also love Washington, D.C., get really tired of people making fun of us inside-the-Beltway types. While we are different — we live in a political fishbowl and we don’t do well in snow — we are not bad people. And a lot of us came from the real world (meaning wherever you live).
Except today. Shutdown day. The first one since 2013, which lasted two weeks and was as dumb (and unnecessary) as this one.
Government shutdowns are stupid. Rather than save money they waste it. They are caused entirely by politicians — of both political parties — who fail to do their jobs, then panic at the last minute and play chicken with everything from food safety to our national parks. Half of all civilian federal workers have been told to stay home. Meaning that their jobs or missions aren’t deemed critical by some knucklehead(s) even though many are.
The stupidity comes in part because once the dust settles federal workers who didn’t work because they were locked out of their offices will most likely get paid anyhow.