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Labor Day 2018: To the Barricades.

One of the reasons I’m so burned out lately is because 1.) I haven’t had a vacation in seven years and 2.) I work for a pretty good company that’s a bit stingy with time off, at least for people at my level. I get 15 days of vacation, which is roughly what I had in 1993. So, I’ve lost two weeks since my lab days. And I get no sick days, which is something I’ve always had throughout my career but I guess we don’t need those things anymore? IDK.

Clearly, something has gone awry.

The freedom to work to death is apparently something the right feels strongly about. But you gotta wonder how much better tourism would be and how much less stressful everyday life would be if we just had the time to enjoy it.

But Brett Kavanaugh hearings start this week and federal workers are looking forward to a year without a COLA increase. And health insurance is about to become more expensive for millions on Obamacare. Kavanaugh could be confirmed without Democrats’ assistance depending on who replaces McCain. Republican court appointees have never really been about abortion. They’ve been about something else altogether. And Labor is feeling it.

Get your canvassing shoes ready.


Thank you to those of you who responded to the Blogger Vacation Fund Appeal. Your contributions have made it possible to rent bikes and umbrellas for the week, buy the gas for the long ride and plenty of sunblock. The blogger will send you hand typed letters from her location so you can see how well your generous contributions have been working to make a difference in her life.

Vacation begins next Saturday. Destination: Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Four business days. Not that I’m counting or anything.