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12/06/2006 Entry: "Workin' for a living - it's what Democrats do"

"Forget the minimum wage. Or outsourcing jobs overseas. The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own: They will have to work five days a week starting in January.

"The horror."

Boo Fucking Hoo

~snippy~

"Next year, members of the House will be expected in the Capitol for votes each week by 6:30 p.m. Monday and will finish their business about 2 p.m. Friday, Hoyer said."

However, the rest of us are stuck with 9-5 or more, M-F.

~snippy~

"Hoyer said members can bid farewell to extended holidays, the kind that awarded them six weekdays to relax around Memorial Day, when most Americans get a single day off. He didn't mention the month-long August recess, the two-week April recess or the weeks off in February, March and July."

Teeth... unclench... now...

~snippy~

"For lawmakers within a reasonable commute of Washington, longer weeks are not a burden -- although they are likely to cut into members' fundraising and campaigning activities. But for members from Alaska and Hawaii, the West Coast, or rural states, the new schedule will mean less time at home and more stress.

"'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.'"

Asshole.

Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week, by Lyndsey Layton, WaPo, December 6, 2006 (via Rebecca Blood)

Why would you take a job you don't want to do? Why are tax dollars paying for this bullshit attitude?

"The new schedule poses a headache for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who runs her 7-year-old daughter's Brownie troop meetings on Monday afternoons in Weston, Fla. 'I'll have to talk to the other mothers and see if we can move it to the weekend,' she said."

Rep Schultz, you're an idiot.

"'It's long overdue,' said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), who lives in Napa Valley and will have to leave his home at 3 a.m. on Sundays to catch a flight to Washington in time for work Mondays. 'I didn't come here to turn around and go back home.""

You tell 'em, Mike! Thank you for being a serious person. It's refreshing!

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