Off the Record

Greta: Government overreacts, gets a snow day -- and we pay

'Off the Record', 1/21/14: The government goes into panic mode and shuts down because of snow while many of us still made it into work

 

By Greta Van Susteren

OK, let's go "Off the Record" for just a minute. Maybe it's my Wisconsin upbringing, but I think the government just did to you again.

Yesterday here in D.C., we got a prediction of some snow and what happened? Well, the federal government went into usual panic mode and shut down the government for today. Now I thought it was overreacting. There just isn't that much snow. I was wondering today if I had it all wrong. I turned to Kirsten Powers in the makeup room here at Fox and asked her opinion about the government shutdown.

Before she could answer I said, "Nevermind, Kirsten." Because I suddenly remembered Kirsten is from Alaska. She gets it; a little snow doesn't scare Kirsten Powers. But she did answer - she agreed with me. Plus, think about this: If the conditions are so bad in D.C., how come everyone here at Fox News Channel in D.C. managed to get here to work and on time?

Our commute is no different than government employees. We drive the same roads and we drive the same routes. Sure, some government workers may not want to travel in any snow, and I understand that. That's fine.

But then they should just take the day off without pay or use a vacation day. Government workers are being paid for this snow day by you, the taxpayer. That's messed up. That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight. If you have an important story or issue you think I should take "Off the Record," go to GretaWire.com and tell us about it.