Let’s take a moment to look at the problems facing America today:
- War on terror
- War in Iraq
- Economy ready to burst
- A devastated region of the country
- Increasing numbers in people without health care
- Record deficits
- Civil liberties under attack
- Children testing lower than many other countries
You get the idea. I could go on and on but wanted to highlight some key points.
So how does our elected representatives to the government deal with these serious issues? USA Today tells us the answer:
The House of Representatives is on track this year to be in session for fewer days than the Congress Harry Truman labeled as “do-nothing” during his 1948 re-election campaign.
Members of Congress are taking an entire week off for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the latest scheduling innovation to give members more time to meet with constituents.
Through Friday, the House was in session for 19 days, compared with 33 for the Senate. If they stick to their current schedule — including two weeks off in April, a week in May and July, plus all of August — House members will spend 97 days in Washington this year.
The House was in session 108 days in 1948, according to the chamber’s archives, compared with 141 days last year.
Who else has a job that only requires you work 97 days a year? This is absolutely absurd. These people work for us and they are taking all this time off. That definitely means they should be fired.
Our country has way too many problems facing it for the House to just close its doors every other week. These people are not representing us, they are representing their wallets. Here is what we need to do. Every single person that is half as pissed off over this as me needs to write or call their representative. I hope other bloggers join in on this. It is time to send a message to these do-nothings that we are watching and we will not tolerate this sub-standard work ethic. They are paid to do a job and that pay comes from us so they better damn well do it.
Simply go to this site http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml and find your representative then you can either get their email or phone them. If you do not know your representative (shame on you), or wish to email them then you can go to this site http://www.house.gov/writerep/ and look up your representative by zip code.
97 days is nowhere near enough time to represent a country with the problems we are facing. I bet our troops would love to work only 97 days a year in Iraq. Now get off your lazy asses, you worthless bunch in the House.