This Is Rush Hour Traffic In DC On Government Shutdown Day

Tyler Durden's picture

Spot the 'essential' government worker...

via @MichelleFields

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Devotional's picture

Just like Lisbon Portugal when government office workers strike.

Portuguese Revolutionary's picture


Where does that happen?? Must be a different Portugal than the one I LIVE IN...

Govt workers ARE NOT the source of all evil, dumbass.

Jreb's picture

Ture. Not ALL of them are evil nor are they the source of ALL of our ills. But far to many are and cause far to much of it.

If you are looking for sympathy here though I might suggest you will find it primarily in the dictionary - shomewhere between shit and syphylus (spelling?).

No offense. It's just hard to feel sorry for anyone in the public sector when you work in the REAL private sector (ie: the part where we don't get a .gov handout of any kind).

Food for thought...


onewayticket2's picture

The joke's on us, guys.  every empty seat represents back pay for one person. 

fightthepower's picture

Fuck you government workers!  Get an honest job!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Govt workers ARE NOT the source of all evil, dumbass.

Govt employee unions ARE the source of all evil, dumbass.

Turin Turambar's picture

Correction:  Government (force) is the source of all evil.

Stuart's picture

The air seems cleaner today for some reason.

Freddie's picture

Govt work and govt unions protect and grow govt.  They are part of the problem.

TruthInSunshine's picture

For every 5 1/2 Americans *officially* employed, 1 is employed by BigGov.Org


SeattleBruce's picture

"Govt employee unions ARE the source of all evil, dumbass."

Especially when they get DIRECTLY involved with political action.  First cause of all evil - Debt based money and the FED which enables it, deficit spending, government corruption, and corporate welfare (especially in the MIC, but really all over the place.)

kralizec's picture

The nation will collapse before progs let that get ready for the collapse!

Sofa King Confused's picture

Metro should hire someone to clean the friggin carpets.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Here is a commute in Houston, versus France.  Spot the forward thinking and better life.

We used to have a trolly system in Houston, until big oil and big auto killed it, just like in LA.  Happy motoring!

Spastica Rex's picture

I don't see a single SUV or pickup in the second picture.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Nor in the photo from DC.  I admit I am envious of the DC subway and commuter rail system.  The Croque Monsieur that is served on the TGV is also pretty good.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Unfortunately D.C. and Maryland/Virgina have been benefitting from the theft/fraud for far too long.  Fuck em.  HH  Those trains run on electricity that has to be generated somewhere.  In addition to oil Texas has nuclear fuel and Natural gas.  I wonder if those fucking morons in D.C. have any gold to pay for that electricity?

FUCK EM HH, as that which cannot be sustained, won't be.  Carefull HH, your cognitive dissonance is showing.  Cities should not be allowed to steal/rob/destroy from the countryside to keep the useless eaters fed (that includes CONgress).

I remain long black markets and sharecropping.

TheTmfreak's picture

I always enjoy reading your posts.

DaddyO's picture


While I understand your point on mass transit, how about posting on the tax structure to support it.

If government is the provider, we have to pay the taxes to support it. If its viable let private industry build and run it.


hedgeless_horseman's picture



You don't think the taxpayer is supporting Happy Motoring? 


Spastica Rex's picture

So that's what really backs the US dollar?

I guess that carrier is pretty exceptional.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Happy motoring...

...If it's viable let private industry build and run it [all of it].

DaddyO's picture

I guess my heartburn stemmed from the notion that your picture painted this idyllic image of mass transit as a utopian answer to our transportation woes.

Florida has been wrestling with this and the overtaxed taxpayer is always asked to foot the bill for every boondoggle that is dreamt up by the pols in Tally.

Also, adding the carrier was a nice touch, but a bit of a strawman don't you think?


Spastica Rex's picture

Without the carrier, you don't have cheap oil.

DaddyO's picture

You're right, however the carrier isn't part and parcel to H-H photo depicting a beautiful bullet train zipping through the European contryside or clogged arterial highways.

I understand his point but kinda took him to task for the tax structure needed to support it and its abused nature in our current totalitarian state.

Unfortunately the US has turned a blind eye to mass transit as a continent due to cheap oil.

Now that that notion is about to collapse, H_H's bullet train picture exposes our shortcoming of many generations.


FrankDrakman's picture

Oh, for cripes sakes...

The US has a population density of 110 people/sq mi in the lower 48. France has one closer to 300, and you can travel by train from Paris to Marseille in less than 4 hours. No train is ever going to get you from NY to LA in 4 hours, Elon Musk's fantasies notwithstanding.

Trains make sense in densely populated, geographically small countries, like Japan, Britain, and so on. In the US, they're just boondoggles that make no sense.

SubjectivObject's picture

I know exactly where that Houston picture was taken (might be me in the base model Ranger to the left).

As it relates to tax structure support, consider that the local interchange and freeway for miles in each direction have recently finished construction that went on for years.  Flying spaghetti monster ramps, multiple more lanes in all directions, and it still stacks/backs up.

Riddle me this:  Why never a rail system down the center of the 4,6,8,10 lanes wide 10 inch thick concrete bows and ribbons?  HOV lanes with tolls down the center, but no rails.  There's a whole set of tax backed commercial/political priorities/preferences on parade here.  But no rails.

tarsubil's picture

Oh my God, it sucks. It was faster and cheaper for me to drive than to take the metro and the line I used up to NIH was always empty.

Conor's picture

I hear ya.  My drive from Shady Grove to building Ten was easier than my wife's as she got on the Red line to downtown.   Each was about 30 mins ( many years ago).   And when she was 7 months preganant, the young guys would practically knock her down trying to get a seat, leaving her standing up.  Ugh.


icanhasbailout's picture

If you envy the DC subway, I'd wager your experience with it is limited. The stations do look impressive, many of them - but the virtues stop there. The worst part of all, of course, is that these trains are filled with vile DCers.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...these trains are filled with vile DCers.

Exactly!  I think one of the big benefits of public transportation is is not aesthetic, but rather getting some of the poor off the roads, so the wealthy can zip along in our German sports cars.

Overfed's picture

For the most part, I hate using public transportation. However, it can be kinda nice to park away from a downtown area and take the trolley into the city center.

SeattleBruce's picture

"I admit I am envious of the DC subway and commuter rail system."

How many billion was that per mile of money we don't have?  Must be nice to live near the supply of the counterfeit.  Not so much for all the rest of us.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

kinda like Pamela Anderson - the farther away you get, the better she looks

Freddie's picture

Have you ever been on trains in Europe? My guess is probably not many.

Also I do not want to risk my life on the train driver falling asleep or possibly it was stuxnet in France recently.  

I am a far more responsible car driver than any govt unionized train driver.  

I will trust most jet pilots because most of them are ex-military.  I am not pro MIC but most of these pilots know what they are doing.  Including European airline pilots.   I no longer want to fly because of TSA groping or getting my prostate irradiated by TSA.


Ralph Spoilsport's picture

A Croque Monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese in the US. Does it taste better on a french train?

J Pancreas's picture

When there is not a MIC to appease things like the train and public works happen. 


You also use your photo-posting privileges carelessly. -1

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Careless and priveledged, that is me to a T!  Just trying to add a little something to an article consisting of a photo of a guy on a subway.  A different perspective, one of envy.  No trees or silver was used in the posting of this photo, but thanks for your input.

Boxed Merlot's picture

No trees or silver was used in the posting of this photo, but thanks for your input...



I always appreciate the following note attached to emails I recieve from a business associate:

Sustainable forests can only survive if they make a profit so please feel free to copy to paper any of this email.


IdiocracyIsAlreadyHere's picture

Agreed.  If taxes must be collected and spent, much better it be spent on a train that might end up being some benefit to people instead of endless wars to kill them and payouts to banksters to continue to steal from them.

SeattleBruce's picture

Problem is, they're being spent on all those things, and in a way we cannot sustain/afford.

Smiddywesson's picture

Trains or wars?  I've racked my brain and I can't see how a train helps Israel, hence the wars.

Keyser's picture

The same could be said for Thorium reactors, but hey, I'm still watchng out for those magic unicorns, so there may be hope. 


Cthonic's picture

Houston has nearly twice the metro area sprawl as Paris and 1/2 as many people. Investment in train infrastructure requires higher population density. This actually lists the Paris commute as worse than Houston's.


That said, I always dread going to Houston, inbound on I-45...

Keyser's picture

I live just outside Houston and have a 20 mile daily commute. The trick is timing. I can make it to my office downtown in 25 minutes if I leave the house at 5:30am. If I wait until 6:00am, it takes me 1.5 hours. Houston IS the home of big oil around the world. I wouldn't be holding my breath waiting for mass transit anytime soon. Just remember, Houston is also the home of the Astros. The absolute WORST team in baseball. So we have that going for us. HA!



Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Same thing leaving the office I guess? So a 6:00 am to 3:00 pm work day gives a commute of 50 minutes, and a 9-5 work day would have 3 hours of commuting?  Insanity!  Looks like you are easily making the right choice.  Not a fan of gridlock, personally.

SubjectivObject's picture

Houston was also the only American city destroyed by Americans in the movie Independence Day.

Freddie's picture

I thought Houston was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the influx of O voters from New Orleans.

Mitch Comestein's picture

Nothing like comparing apples to oranges.  Where is the picture of central Paris at rush hour.  I have driven there.  It looks a tad bit different from the serene landscape that you are portraying.  Central Paris is the craziest place I have ever driven, and that includes NY and LA.  Yes, the countryside in France is peaceful.  You really get to enjoy it as you stop every quarter mile to pay a new toll!!!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Straw man much? I am not saying the traffic in Paris is not bad.  As pointed out, it has a much higher population, although it is declining, whereas Houston and Texas are growing.

I am saying that Paris has a subway system and France has commuter trains.  Houston and Texas do not, and I am envious.

It is hard to come up with another city as big as Houston with as little investment in public transportation.  It is the mother of all suburban sprawl.