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Rhetoric vs. Reality
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ted Barrett of CNN's "Political Ticker" asks "whatever happened to Harry Reid's five-day work week?"
Just three weeks into the new congressional session, Democratic leaders who had promised to restore a five day work week to the Senate gave members Friday off and didn't schedule another vote until mid-day Tuesday — effectively giving many senators a four day weekend.

The week was further shortened because the Senate was closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The light schedule is in sharp contrast to a vow Democratic Leader Harry Reid made to CNN's Dana Bash in an interview late last month in Nevada that Democrats would shake up the status quo when they took control of the chamber in January.

"We in the Senate are going to work like everyone else in American does: five days." he said. "We have to set a better example."
Would someone, anyone, drop Mr. Reid a line and assure him that the only way anyone would use a politician as an example is to point one out on TV to his or her son or daughter and tell them "if you are ever one of them, I'll disown you".
 
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These people do enough damage in 2 or 3 days, do we really want them working at it full time?
 
Written By: DS
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These people do enough damage in 2 or 3 days, do we really want them working at it full time?
Well, it might take some of the luster of the ivory tower. I have friends who I envy. They make 2 or 3 times what I earn each year. But their travel schedule is ridiculous. Leave Sunday night or Monday early AM (like a 6:00AM flight). Get back at midnight or later Thursday (on a good week) or late Friday on a bad week. And then work over the weekend to catch up on things.

It is called accountability. They earn EVERY dollar and perk they get. And I envy what they have, but will not do what is required to get it. How about we make working in politics as (probably a bad word here) ’taxing’ as working in high flying private sector positions?
 
Written By: meagain
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These people do enough damage in 2 or 3 days, do we really want them working at it full time?
To quote a friend of mine, "Be happy that you don’t get all the government that you pay for."

If they spent 2 days writing new laws and 3 days recinding old laws, I might get happy that they were working 5 days a week. (Who the *bleep* works only 5 days a week, anyways? Or the 40 hour mythical work-week?)
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Yeah, I’d like to see them take some 7 day weekends myself.
 
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