The Washington Post puts it this way: “Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week.” Now, I am the first person to admit that, while I worked 5 days a week, I generally spent as little of that time in the office as was decent. Still, I wasn’t getting paid anything near the $165,200 that rank-and-file congressmen are paid.
Under the Republican leadership, the last session of Congress lasted 103 days. The average, 5-day-a-week American worker worked 260 days. And yet, the Republicans blame their lack of substantive results on “obstructionist” Democrats. (The fish rots from the head — how many days did George Bush work this year? The man is a walking vacation.)
Anyway. When confronted with the news that he would actually have to work at the job he campaigned so hard for, here’s what Jack Kingston (R-GA) had to say:
“Keeping us up here eats away at families,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. “Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says.”
Now, isn’t that masterful? The Democrats hate families!!
Of course, if the guy had been a Democrat, the Republicans would have made a fuss about how noble public service is and that if he couldn’t come to work every day like other Americans, he should resign immediately.
Gotta wrap this up — have to get out here and commute to my part-time job. Where I still work more than Congress. And it’s ripping my family apart!