So many holidays

I woke up on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day thinking about how many holidays we don’t take off.

There seems to be an upward trend in the number of days that are declared holidays. Of course, all of the presidents had their days lumped together since there were getting to be way too many. But most holidays end up being workdays, unless you are a banker or work for the government.

I always work on New Year’s Day because I have this superstition that what you do on the first day of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. And I work on Veteran’s Day in protest because it seems like the veterans are the only ones can’t afford to take a day off.

Here’s a humorous take on the subject. Not new but worth revisiting …

The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.

Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for state and city governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

And there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.



  • Great column. Very insightful & very true.
    Check out a documentary film on which I served as an associate producer.
    It is about the closing of Hooker Furniture’s last US casegood plant in Martinsville, Va. You can view it at the website
    “ With These Hands”.
    I wrote and perform the song at the end of the film. It is about a way of life that has, for the most part, disappeared.

  • Greg Pace says:

    Do you think that formula would work on paying taxes? taxes owed $0

  • Greetings, a true anecdote I’d like to share with you, as I remind my daughter of this every years for over 20 years.

    She comes home from school, (she’s in the 3rd grade), and proudly says we don’t have school on Monday. I ask her why not and she says, “It’s the Brothers Birthday!” So I ask, “The Brothers?” And she replies, “Yeah! Mark an Luther King!”.

    And it’s still funny today.


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