Six Weeks' Paid Leave Opposed By People With Thirty-Three Weeks' Paid Leave

The New Yorker:

WASHINGTON - President Obama's proposal to give workers six weeks of paid leave is meeting strong opposition from a group of people who annually receive thirty-three weeks of paid leave.

Members of the group heard the President's proposal on Tuesday night, one of the few nights of the year when they are required to report to their workplace.

The opponents of paid leave, who show up for work a hundred and thirty-seven days per year and receive paid leave for the other two hundred and twenty-eight, were baffled by other moments in the President's speech.

For example, they were confused by Obama's challenge to try to survive on a full-time job that pays fifteen thousand dollars, since they all currently hold a part-time job that pays a hundred and seventy-four thousand dollars.

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7 Responses:

  1. Lloyd says:

    When did The New Yorker become The Onion? Area Man is confused.

    • jwz says:

      Except that there is nothing in this that is factually untrue or even an exaggeration. Which is why I am bothered by the implication, down at the bottom, that this is "satire". I'd call it something else, "reporting".

      • Lloyd says:

        Anyone who thinks that what the New York Times and its ilk does, with their dead-eyed statement of facts and no judgment on the status quo, is reporting will naturally need to believe that this is satire. otherwise cognitive dissonance ensues.

    • phessler says:

      The Borowiz Report is a satire column, and published by The New Yorker as a satire column.

      However, just because he writes a satire column, doesn't mean he can't simply tell the truth and wait for the laughs.

      • Owen W. says:

        The Borowitz Report is also not the type of "humor" that makes you "laugh." A knowing grunt is about all you should expect.

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