FIAF- thursday edition

For your listening pleasure.

Will someone please buy me this CD? Surprisingly, my local Meijer doesn’t carry it.

In other news, I finished up “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and found it highly enjoyable.

Heh, from the Corner:

I just read that President Obama has had an “ebullient rally” in Madison. That’s great! He’s still got his mo-jo. Maybe he can raise an enthusiastic crowd in Ann Arbor and Berkeley too?

Of course, Treacher points out that the media is leaving off their favorite meme in describing that “ebullient” rally. The one they apply to each and every Tea Party gathering. The Madison crowd was not only “ebullient”, but also predominately white.

And, it’s official. They (meaning house Democrats) care more about their skin than the middle class.

The House voted 210-209 to end the session, with 39 Democrats joining Republicans who have demanded a vote on the tax cuts for the past few weeks. In a rare move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to cast the tie-breaking decision.

House Minority Leader John Boehner took to the House floor shortly before the vote to urge other members to demand an opportunity to vote on the tax cuts.

Now they head home until November 15th. NOVEMBER 15. It’s the last day of September folks, and they’re going home until NOVEMBER.

I know, I know. Get ’em out of Washington, so they can’t do any harm. But WTF kind of part-time job do they have?

Let’s take a trip in the way-back machine; Dec 6, 2006:

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.

With the new calendar, the Democrats are trying to project a businesslike image when they take control of Congress in January. House and Senate Democratic leaders have announced an ambitious agenda for their first 100 hours and say they are adamant about scoring legislative victories they can trumpet in the 2008 campaigns.

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.

So … how did that work out?

After taking control of the House in 2006 — and again when President Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) boasted that lawmakers would work four or five days a week to bring change to America.

But midway through Obama’s first year in office, Hoyer’s House has settled into a more leisurely routine. Members usually arrive for the first vote of the week as the sun sets on Tuesdays, and they’re usually headed back home before it goes down again on Thursdays.

In late Tuesday, gone by Thursday night. Nice gig if you can get it sucker someone into overpaying you for it.

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One Comment on “FIAF- thursday edition”

  1. MJ Says:

    The amount of time worked has always bothered me about politicians. I get that its all work, even when you’re hitting the links or shooting hoops, but they shouldn’t they be required to at least put in 40 hours. I mean, shit, its our money.


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