Wonkette opines from here.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., offered the same quip. “We’re stretching three-day weeks into five days,” she said. “I think the American people would be outraged if they knew we were flying in here to wish people happy birthday. It takes us away from valuable work in the district,” she said Monday, after voting to wish two folks a happy birthday.
Bachmann had it pretty easy in the Minnesota Senate. The chances for a Tuesday Night Takedown increase for Bachmann if she has to work 5 days a week! Could not resist that one...
Others do not agree with the Congresswoman though.
There are plenty of members, though, who publicly back the new schedule. "I lived through lots of years with a five-day workweek. I've been here when there was a seven-day workweek. If there's work to do, we've got to work. Bring it on," said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.
"That's what I signed up for," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "We shouldn't complain about a little inconvenience. I got a lot of people in my state working two five-day weeks," he added, referring to constituents with two or more jobs.
Ted Stevens is right. Ted fucking Stevens. Also, props to Tester for not being a little bitch like Jim Webb. I liked how the writer pointed out that "he enjoys one of the easiest commutes to the Capitol from his home in Northern Virginia."
I always love the comments on Wonkette.
If U.S. Representatives and Senators cannot work five days a week in the job that taxpayers support--as well as supporting, in a way, their cushy little perk-filled party-and-dinner-and-reception lifestyle that 99 percent of the population doesn't get to enjoy--then they can resign, effective immediately.
That may not be funny, but it's true.
Isn't it interesting that those lazy legislators can somehow remain in D.C. when there's one of those fancy dinners that we don't get to enjoy? There they are, on a Friday or Saturday night, holding their little drinks and enjoying the free food. Gosh! Aren't you missing "important work" back in your district? No! I have a party and dinner to go to!
Really: If you can't work five days a week, then get out of office, now.
It's that simple.
Ditto! I have been to one or two of these swanky fundraisers as well. It's not hard work!