August 21, 2005
Coming home tonight, slightly tipsy from exorbitantly priced wine at the Kennedy Center, I hoped I would have enough cash for cab fare. And as I looked out the taxi window, I thought, How much money would it save us to turn off the lights in all of these mothergrubbing Federal buildings?


Blogger Kris said...

Now open for Mel's comment . . .

Blogger Mel said...

I can tell you, as a Budget Analyst for the Federal Government, that keeping those lights on at night is like one-hundred millionth of a multi-trillion dollar budget. As my boss told me once... it's really pocket change. In truth, it wouldn't save you any tax dollars.

Plus, the government has to run 24-7, which means there are employees working 24-7. Seriously. A friend of mine worked past midnight the other night. Do you want them working in the dark?

Ok, that's my rant.

Blogger Kris said...

Alright, back at ya. I drove past at least 15 federal buildings last night. I would say that 90% of the lighting was on. Now I KNOW that 90% of federal workers aren't at their offices at 10:00 on a Sunday night.

I'm not worried about saving tax dollars. But I'm guessing that turning them off would still save thousands of dollars, which could still fund some small grant someplace).

I also find it strange that we light up some of our federal buildings like firecrackers in our current age.

I knew I should have left the comments off for this one. :) Kidding ya, Mel.

Blogger t2ed said...

A million here, a million there. Pretty soon, we're talking real money.

Do you leave the lights on in your home? How about when you have the blinds open late at night and the Jehovah's witnesses know when you shower?

I'm just saying that's a really big coincidence.

Anonymous Jorge said...

$7 and change.
They'd have to pay someone to turn off the lights.
And you KNOW it will be a union job.

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