Thursday, December 26, 2013

Faithfully doing the business of government . . .

It was reported the UPS could not get all the package deliveries for Christmas done on time, by Christmas eve. Oh, and UPS drivers frequently can be seen running , not walking, from the truck to the door, to drop a package. Evidently, they were just overwhelmed despite planning for the season well ahead of time. Weather probably made things worse. Just another failure and we're used to failures by now, right?

What hasn't been so widely reported was that UPS drivers were out and making deliveries on Christmas day, when I'm sure they would have preferred being with their families.

Good job, guys. And I hope you were paid something extra for working on Christmas day, when I'm sure the customers didn't expect it. Best wishes.

By comparison, emergency unemployment benefits are due to run out at the end of this year. Not a surprise, the deadline has been notorious. Congress has been expected to take up the question of whether or not to extend the emergency benefits into next year. Congress can either decide to do it, or decide to not do it. So, what was the decision?

The decision was to go home without considering the matter one way or the other, and maybe decide what to do about it when Congress returns next year. Or maybe not.

UPS to customers: We'll get it to you as soon as we possibly can, even if we have to work on Christmas.
Congress to citizens: We'll get around to it when we get around to it, not a minute sooner, because shut up.

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