PWC: Nixon and Andrew Johnson out, Lincoln and Washington in
Every once in a while, I hear something so absurd that I have to savor it…just for the humor. Corey continues to entertain.
There has been talk for some time in the Stewart budget proposal, about doing away with 2 federal holiday observances for county employees. The two holidays were Columbus Day and Presidents Day. From what I was able to gather, this was just the final shot to already bad morale in the county. The employees didn’t like it.
Corey announced today in the BOCS meeting that he would not be present during Supervisors Time but that he had a proposal. Naturally he butt in line and outlined his wants, although not at the appropriate time. He suggested that the supervisors agree to not observe Columbus Day or Presidents’ Day as county holidays. He then said that it was great to observe Washington and Lincoln but it also meant that one would have to observe all the presidents like Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon. He then proposed giving back the holidays to the employees on Lincoln and Washington’s actual birthdays.
WHAT is he thinking? Who would want to trade off a fall holiday for one in the dead of winter that has a 2 out of 7 chance of falling on a weekend? Furthermore, what’s wrong with Andrew Johnson? He was traditional Jacksonian Democrat who was also a southerner. He was much maligned by the Radical Republicans of the time, who wanted to punish the South. It sounds like one Radical Republican is still after poor Johnson. Richard Nixon? Not all that bad in many ways. He arguably made some contributions to the country. Historians are kinder to Nixon than the general population.
I am not sure Corey realizes Prince William County is in the South. Andrew Johnson is not the enemy.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and at least 2 supervisors spoke up and said they couldn’t entertain that proposal at this time. Thanks goodness. Otherwise, the county employees would be taking February 12 and 22 as holidays and working on the Federal holidays while their families had the day off.
Does Corey speak to some evil god of bad humor or what? Corey, the gift that just keeps giving.
Just in case you don’t believe me….