Today, Wednesday, February 10, 2010, marks day number 3 (there’s your number for the day) that the federal government has been shut down due to weather. This is the longest string of closures ever by the Feds for a weather-related event.
During the Clinton administration, the government was shut down for six days (November 14 – 19, 1995) and for twenty-two days (December 16, 1995 – January 6, 1996) due to disagreements between the President and Congress over the federal budget.
Seeing as how this situation is simply ripe for a joke about how the federal government works (or doesn’t), I pause now for the following joke.
A business traveler from a small town flew into the District of Columbia as he had some meetings to attend at a federal agency. Upon arriving at the airport, he hailed a taxi and the cabbie drove him downtown into DC. Upon arriving at the large multi-story federal building, the traveler said out loud, “How many people work in that building?”.
The cabbie quickly replied, “About half of them.”
[insert rimshot here]