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by RestonNow.com September 21, 2015 at 8:00 am 12 Comments

Reston Farmers Market

Reston and Sequestration – If the federal government has to undergo automative budget cuts, there will be large effects on Fairfax County said Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. [Washington Business Journal]

FCPS Sets Free and Reduced Meal Policy- Fairfax County Public Schools announced its free and reduced meal policy last Friday, Sept. 18. Families can apply for free and reduced meals through applications sent home with students. FCPS will determine eligibility based on household income and size. [FCPS]

Virginia Unemployment Rate Decreases- The Virginia unemployment rate decreased for the second month in a row. The rate in August was 4.5 percent, 0.3 percent lower than in July. [Office of the Governor]

  • Chuck Morningwood

    “If the federal government has to undergo automative budget cuts…”

    …that could improve traffic on our over-crowded roads.

    • novatom

      No, no, no, you’re getting automative mixed up with automotive…


      • John Higgins

        I thought Chuck’s comment was clever. Mis-using “automotive” for the mis-used “automotive” is great! Unless budgets are now coming off mechanized assembly lines, “automatic” comes closest to what the original author had in mind. Good show, Chuck.

  • susie

    And flood the golf courses..

  • Ming the Merciless

    Sharon Bulova of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors assessed the impacts of
    sequestration in the county, where they can be outsized given the large
    number of government contractors and federal employees there. “The inaction of
    not knowing what’s going to happen is killing our commercial sector,” Bulova says. “It’s killing our business community.”

    So the “commercial sector” consists of people who depend on the government and people directly employed by the government (“government contractors and federal employees”). Not what I’d call the “commercial sector”, but whatever.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Even folks who don’t provide goods and services directly to the Fed or Fed contractors can be affected. Look at the number of office buildings in the area with Fed offices. If they get sequestered, the restaurants who serve these folks lunch will take a hit. While our local economy isn’t entirely based on the Fed, the Fed has an impact on the entire regional economy.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Yeah yeah yeah. All that is true, but it doesn’t make Federal employees and government contractors “the commercial sector”.

        • Chuck Morningwood

          If Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon aren’t “Commercial Sector” then what are they (besides parasites sucking the lifeblood from all Americans)?

          • Ming the Merciless

            The differences between government contractors (especially defense contractors) and the commercial sector are large and well-understood. Totally different system and culture. See this:


            Contractors rely on taxpayer dollars. The commercial sector does not.

            Apropos of the parasitism comment, we should note that national defense, unlike many other things the government spends money on, is actually mentioned in the Constitution and is a perfectly legitimate and necessary function of government. (Creating a brand-new “human services facility” where smelly bums can congregate in Reston Town Center, not so much.)

    • susie

      Commercial, federal… Legal, illegal — what difference does it make to Bulova and her cronies?

      • Ming the Merciless

        Terminology obviously makes a difference to them, or they wouldn’t strive as hard as they do to invent new ways of representing things as the opposite of what they really are (e.g., calling government employees and contractors “the commercial sector”).

        • susie

          Hmmm, you may have a point there. Bulova is up for reelection in Nov isn’t she?


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