As I've stated before, I'm a moderate Republican. The new budget scares me to death, because I'd probably be a Libertarian (less government, but heavy on constitutional and personal rights), but the fact that most of those guys seem to look like the unibomber or Joaquin Phoenix in rap mode tends to make me look elsewhere.
Still, Obama keeps me interested and I'm hoping he plays it centrist, usually by taking in a NBA game in casual clothes or by complaining that people need to suck it up on snow days.
That's right. Obama speaks the truth when it comes to snow days. Of course, he sounds like a Midwesterner when he rips a gripe like this one reported by SwampPolitics:
"President Barack Obama, who voiced his wintry discontent the day that his daughters' school in Washington closed "because of what... some ice?'' may have to hold down his objections today.
"School is closed,'' the Web-site at Sidwell Friends this morning advises parents, as three to four inches of snow have accumulated on the ground throughout Washington and more is on the way.
The last time this happened at the separate campuses of the private school that Obama daughters Malia and Sasha attend, Obama couldn't hold back: "Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy, very quickly?" Obama asked at the White House, amid comments about the economic crisis gripping the nation. "It has to do with Washington. My children's school was canceled today because of what?
Back home, they said, schools never close for this. It has been more than a decade since Chicago Public Schools canceled classes due to winter weather -- Jan. 4-5, 1999, according to the district, after heavy snow, followed by an ice storm."
Of course, President Obama doesn't have to worry about employees getting into car wrecks if he fails to call a snow day. He's the president, you're not. So, you and I have to play it cool and decide whether to shut down the office, and guess what? When it snows, EVERYONE has a special situation. The car with bald tires. The school that's shut down and the kids are at home. The slightly angled driveway that suddenly looks like a glacier.
If they try to get in and wreck, you're the bad guy/gal.
So, play it safe and communicate the following if the office is going to be open. "The office is open, but we understand you may have a special situation. With that in mind, if you can't make it to work, we'll allow you to use any type of banked time, including sick time, to cover the hours you're out and ensure you still get paid. If you don't have time available in any of your banks, we'll allow you take hours off without pay with no penalty. Be safe and make the right choice for you." (assumes telecommuting is not a viable option for employees in question...)
See what happens regarding attendance. Most will be there, but you've put the decision on them.
Or just tell them that Obama told them to suck it up.