What Government Shutdown?

Business Insider points out that 80 percent of the federal workforce is still on the job:

They call it a “government shutdown.” But of about 4.1 million people who work for the federal government, about 80% will still be expected to show up for work.

We still don’t have an exact number of federal employees who won’t be working in a shutdown, but most press reports have been pegging the number around 800,000, the number who stayed home the last time the government shut down in 1996.

Supposedly just 6.6 percent of EPA employees are considered “essential,” which rather confirms a whole lot of things, doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal editorial page validates the power of Power Line this morning, with their editorial noting the withdrawal of the nomination of Ronald Binz to head FERC, along the way adopting our moniker, “Mercedes Binz”:

But the ambitions of the well-to-do “Mercedes Binz” greens who live on the coasts are a tougher sell in Ohio, Pennsylvania or North Dakota.

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