From the NYT comes this article:
The House majority leader, Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, told fellow Democrats this week that the House would not be in session next year on Fridays, except in June for work on appropriations bills.
Explaining that decision to reporters, Mr. Hoyer said, “I do intend to have more time for members to work in their districts and to be close to their families.”
That's if they choose to work while in their districts, of course. I mean, who says they have to? They are not accountable to anyone except the people they represent, who for the most part aren't smart enough to see a con job, when it's right in front of them.
Sure, they've logged in some extra hours this year. But what have we got from the extra time on the clock?
First, we have HR 3648, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.
Basically we are wasting time here for the sole purpose of bailing out banks that made bad loans to people who knew couldn't afford it and people that knew they didn't have the money to make the payments when they were due.
Secondly, we have HR 928, the Improving Government Accountability Act.
Here we have a bunch of non-hackers having to legislate accountability for the membership, which the people themselves refuse to do at the polls. But, it kind of gets lost in the shuffle when you consider how they do not want to work, to begin with.
Thirdly, we have HR 1852, the Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007.
Here we have a bill sponsored by Maxine Waters (D-CA). And if I have to explain how this is a waste of time, when there is a bill pending to bail out those entities that were involved with bad loans, I do not think I can help you in this forum. You must seek professional counseling or at very least write a letter to Dear Abby.
But, this is just a drop in the bucket. Let's look at what this Congress is working on right now. Feel free to peruse the site and see how your tax dollars are being spent.
I guess we can all see why Charlie Rangel wants to increase taxes. They want more money to do less. Try that on your job and see where it gets you (and be sure to report back here and let us know, will you?).