Once upon a time I posted this: Eric Cantor’s 2014 House schedule allows for even MORE time off. I wrote that post because I was utterly exasperated with endless Congressional vacations and the resulting lack of accomplishing any, you know, lawmaking. Congress members take more recesses than elementary school kids, yet it’s the kids who seem to have a better work ethic than our elected officials– who we continue to pay to do absolutely nothing, just by the way.
Rachel Maddow pointed that out in this post, Why everybody would like to be a member of Congress: Lots and lots of time off. Lots:
“Nice deal right? … That kind of a schedule and a six-figure salary for doing it? That’s a combination that is impossible not to love.
More vacation… that’s their big plan.”
With that in mind, as well as all the world crises, check out this L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Former congressmen Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) and David Skaggs (D-Colo.) are technically correct about the division of powers, and they seem fair in pointing fingers at both the president and Congress. (“The commander in chief should not also be the ‘decider in chief,'” Op-Ed, Sept. 2)
Something needs to be done very quickly about the Islamic State, yet Congress did not take up debate on it before going on vacation. I’m sure President Obama would have been thrilled if House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had shown some leadership by keeping House members in Washington for the urgent debate on the Islamic State.
Obama certainly doesn’t want to be solely responsible for the mess over there, yet Congress continues to play politics by also refusing to take responsibility (while simultaneously claiming that Obama isn’t leading but that he’s making too many decisions by himself).
Whenever lawmakers are ready to show up again to perform their jobs, perhaps they can lend a hand on this topic before going on vacation. If I left my job to go on vacation with so many ticking time bombs, I would be promptly fired upon returning.
Howard Schlossberg, Agoura Hills