In some countries today is Thanksgiving :) not bogus Otis !
Bogus holiday or not it is obviously a day we are suppose to celebrate!!!! SOOOOOO bring out the Santa Maria flavored shine my friend! In honor of Columbus!!!
My mom technically does have a government job, at a national laboratory, and she does NOT have the day off!! :( but I do ;)
Government jobs ? Otis not everyone can handle political world. You see all these people who speak loud about politics and results ? One day they spend in they'll be all lost. They have no idea what it looks like till they share a chair inside the game.
Perhaps because we are misinformed.
Generally speaking, pay is good and it's hard to fire a government employee.
And from Wikipedia for those interested:
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The landing is celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, as "Día de la Raza" ("Day of the Race") in many countries in Latin America and as "Día de la Hispanidad" and "Fiesta Nacional" in Spain, where it is also the religious festivity of la Virgen del Pilar. It is also celebrated as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Belize and Uruguay, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina and as Giornata Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo or Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo in Italy and in the Little Italys around the world. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century and officially in various countries since the early 20th century.
I used to have a government job. I worked for Social Security. All of you commenting on government jobs being political, it was the least political job I have ever had. You were paid by the job rank and time on the job. Sucking up to the boss got you nothing. As for those talking about the pay, it depends on the job. Some more specialized jobs can make money in the private sector, while other jobs are competitive. I left banking where I worked 50 hours and was always stressed to work in the collections department of Social Security. I tracked down people who were overpaid to get the money back, and it was a lot less stressful than banking. I did get cussed at often enough, but that happened in banking too. (People get emotional about money.)
My hubby worked for the National Labor Relation Board. He was an agent that investigated claims of people not following the Labor Act. Half of his office were lawyers who could have made more money in the private sector, but they would have had to work longer hours.
Simply because it's impossible. Well, virtually impossible.
The income taxes from the wages of government workers doesn't come close to paying the salaries of government workers.