schlake (schlake) wrote,


Back in 2011 I was laid off from work. During George W. Bush's administration congress had cancelled the project I worked on and the funding finally wound down. There was some meager unemployment to be had. Over the 559 days I was unemployed I averaged approximately $29.62 per day, or an average of $207.37 per week. My "work" was looking for a job. It usually took about 2 hours per week, once I was good at it. Some weeks were harder; any government jobs, for instance, could easily take two or three hours each, and I had to apply to two per week. So I made a little money for a little work, nothing spectacular. A congressman makes about $3336.99 per week, just to give you a comparison.

But I'm employed now, since February 19. Since that day my work has technically compensated me with $507.17 but they took money away from me to pay for the benefits they provide, so really, only $450.89 for my time. That comes out to $12.88 per day, or $90.18 per week.

The moral of this story is that I'd be better of being a congressman. I'd have tons of cash, little moral or ethical restrictions, hot interns to take care of any personal things I need taken care of, and a far better retirement plan.

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