GOP wants kudos for working week before Xmas – uh, who doesn’t?

Much like the article last month making a “big deal” about Congress working the week of Thanksgiving – like everyone else in America – the GOP is trying to impress people by letting them know they’re not leaving yet for Christmas.

Oh wow, how impressive. Working the week before Christmas. How 99% of you.

The Republicans in Congress spend years messing up the economy with unnecessary wars and irresponsible tax cuts, forcing us into a false deadline to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff that they created, and now suddenly  that we’re facing with cleaning up their mess, they’re all “look at how hard we work,” not taking off the entire week before Christmas, which nearly no one in America does.

Postpone the week-long party, the Republicans are actually working the week before Christmas. How butch of them.  Christmas party via Shutterstock.

How the Republicans normally spend the week before Christmas when the rest of America is busy working. (Christmas party via Shutterstock.)

The Republicans and the rest of Congress work a schedule that makes college life sound demanding, but now we’re supposed to be impressed. Whatever. The minimum wage workers who are stuck working on Thanksgiving day, and almost every other day of the year, are probably less impressed. Even folks who work at home, like mme, don’t see as much free time as Congress — so spare me the tough-guy story.

I’m sorry, but it annoys me when I see such an idiotic story pushed out by the political class, and reporters buying it.

House Republicans plan to forge ahead on Thursday with “Plan B,” their “fiscal cliff” fallback plan, but they will not be skipping town after voting on the measures because they still hope for a broader deal with the White House.

We do not intend to send members home,” Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters. “We want to stay here, we want to avoid the fiscal cliff from happening.”

That’s nice, Eric. None of us are taking the week off either.  And you don’t see us bragging about it.

This reminds me of kids in school who procrastinate for week, and then want a medal for doing a project at the last minute.  Choosing to create a problem, then push it out for years, only means you’re a bit of an idiot, not a hard worker.


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  • emjayay

    I’m rather disappointed in the comments on this post. Sounds more like Yahoo News comments than AB. I’m sure Congresspeople can get away with hardly working. The former president did. But the days spent in DC on the clock doing Congress stuff is not all they do, and is no indication of how much work they actually do. They are salried. They don’t punch in on a timeclock. Does anyone here think they maybe have meetings with local staff and local public? Maybe spend some time reading books about national issues? Even watch relevant documentares on PBS?

    Of course in the modern American political system, they actually spend way more hours than they are officially paid for making calls and meeting people to drum up contributions.

    Congress people get the same benefits and retirement package as any federal worker. Five years to qualify for any pension, then about 1% of pay a month times years as a federal employee. Hardly a “nice retirement package” unless they were federal workers for decades. Daniel Inouye was pretty well fixed up. Too bad he dropped dead first. Health care? they pay about 25% of premiums, plus what may be substantial copays. Ends a month after the end of federal employment. After that they can COBRA it for the full price plus a fee, maybe about seven or eight hundred dollars a montrh for one person.

  • Dakotahgeo

    If it were up to the GOP male bast**ds, they would rather work from home in their PJs if the American people would let them. The laziest bunch of government doles on the teat of the American people ever imagined. The ones who want kudos need pink slips immediately!

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    I am so not impressed with these gop pigs. You want to impress me? Cut your pay and “Entitlements” as a member of Congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000111133695 Lisa Johnson

    I am so sick and tired of these overprivileged white fossils and their entitlement attitude for doing nothing on the money we pay them. Time for literally ALL of them to go. Until they work a full 40-hours or more week, for all but two weeks (at most) a year, screw them all. Make them pay for everything we are currently providing them with. If we have to pay for our ways, so should these cretins or dregs of the La Brea Tar Pits.

  • FLL

    They want brownie points for working before Christmas? This is obviously not the political party of working people.

  • Drew2u

    I’m so glad your response was the first comment to this article.

  • Naja pallida

    They’ve already made the calendar for next year… with 239 days off, only 126 in session. I wish I could make 174k/year for working only 126 days, with full benefits and a nice retirement package if I manage to stick it out for several years.

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