Wednesday, December 06, 2006

outrageous -- a four-day week

Wow, those slave-driving Democrats plan to force House members to actually spend 92 hours a week -- from 6 PM Monday to 2 PM Friday -- in Washington. That is, during the weeks the House is in session. This only seems like drudgery compared to the current Congress's schedule, which was from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning. Which meant time for a fancy lunch on Wednesday paid for by Jack Abramoff or some other lobbyist, and maybe 18 holes early Thursday before catching a plane home.

There was some whinging about Steny Hoyer's announcement. Georgia Republican Jack Kingston moaned, "Keeping us up here eats away at families. Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

Oh poor, poor baby. If you want to see marriages that suffer, ask the wives and husbands and children and parents of the American troops in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They were sent to those places by a Republican President -- so that says, "Republicans could care less about families," right?

Those troops also have to spend time away from their family, and unlike Kingston and company they don't get a long weekend EVERY weekend to go home -- a trip paid for by the taxpayer, I might add. And Kingston and others have the radical option of actually having their family join them in Washington -- which really isn't such a terrible place. I mean, there are very few car bombings or insurgent activity there, so it is reasonably safe for families to visit or even live.

The real hardship of course is that this will cut into the time House members have to tend to their permanent campaign of money-raising and glad-handing. Instead, they may have to actually legislate, and maybe even perform some oversight of the executive branch. What a concept.


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