A growing collection of facts, thoughts and events from a 80-year-old man and his family, friends, and the characters that he has met along the way . . .

Unlike government employees who may be reimbursed for lost wages once this idiotic shutdown ends, thousands of civilian employees may not get reimbursed by their employers .  Many employers are losing a great deal of money because of the shutdown; some could go bankrupt and there will be no funds available to reimburse – or even pay – their loyal employees.

Betsy O’Rourke, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, said that “this shutdown is costing Xanterra about a million dollars per day in revenue—and that’s not including operating costs or the impact of future losses based on customers losing confidence in the company.”  Xanterra is the largest National and State Park concessionaire in this country and employs thousands of workers; many of whom live in the company housing that they provide in some locations.  You can read more about this at:  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-national-parks-hotels-losing-money-during-shutdown-2013-10.

(According to reliable sources, Xanterra is permitting those employees who live in company housing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to remain there rent-free for a period of three weeks and is providing limited meals to these employees from one of their cafeterias.  A grocery store, operated by a different concessionaire, is giving these employees a 25% discount for the time being.  According to a former employee this is similar to what happened to employees working for the concessionaire in the Everglades National Park during the last previous government shutdown.  I sincerely hope that Xanterra is continuing this policy at the other parks that they operate, and that other park concessionaires are following suit)!

While Philip Anschutz, owner of Xanterra,  is one of the world’s  billionaires (according to Wikipedia) not everyone – not even Mr. Anschutz – can afford to lose $1,000,000.00 a day, and  it is easy to see how companies will go bankrupt of this shutdown is allowed to continue.


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