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Jun 9, 2008 9:12 am

Picture this, if you will.



You walk into the boss's office and inform him/her that you'll be out of the office for the next 18-24 months looking for a better job. You'll phone in from time to time if there's something important, but by and large, he/she shouldn't expect much work out of you. Of course, you'll expect your regular paycheck, as well as full benefits. If you get the job, you won't be back, but if it doesn't materialize you'll expect to return and be lauded as the office hero.



Ridiculous? Of course it is.



Why then do we allow three United States Senators to do just that? They're being paid to do the peoples' business, but they're traipsing around the countryside trying to be the President of the United States for a full 1/4 to 1/3 of their respective terms! Shouldn't we have the right to expect them to resign one job before embarking on the quest for another?



(Sorry...just had to get that off my chest.)

Jun 9, 2008 12:14 pm

I have several of my closest friends (and clients) on Capitol Hill.  The Senators don't even need to be there, except to vote.  All the work is done by their staff, even writing bills.  They just brief their Senator on how to vote when they pop in for the quick Yay or Nay.

Jun 9, 2008 1:04 pm

Sounds like a sweet gig to me.

Jun 9, 2008 1:06 pm
snaggletooth:

I have several of my closest friends (and clients) on Capitol Hill.  The Senators don't even need to be there, except to vote.  All the work is done by their staff, even writing bills.  They just brief their Senator on how to vote when they pop in for the quick Yay or Nay.

 
Fine.  Then let's cashier ALL of the Senators and get their faces out of the public trough, and let their staffs run for the office.
Jun 9, 2008 1:17 pm
Philo Kvetch:
snaggletooth:

I have several of my closest friends (and clients) on Capitol Hill.  The Senators don't even need to be there, except to vote.  All the work is done by their staff, even writing bills.  They just brief their Senator on how to vote when they pop in for the quick Yay or Nay.

 
Fine.  Then let's cashier ALL of the Senators and get their faces out of the public trough, and let their staffs run for the office.
 
It's nothing more than a well-run business that some of your CEO clients might run.  They make the executive decisions, but have also figured out a successful, profitable way to delegate work.  In the meantime, they travel, play golf, and do other leisure activities.  The Senator is the CEO, but gets paid with public dollars.  You can't argue that it's not efficient.
Jun 9, 2008 4:30 pm
snaggletooth:
Philo Kvetch:
snaggletooth:

I have several of my closest friends (and clients) on Capitol Hill. The Senators don't even need to be there, except to vote. All the work is done by their staff, even writing bills. They just brief their Senator on how to vote when they pop in for the quick Yay or Nay.



Fine. Then let's cashier ALL of the Senators and get their faces out of the public trough, and let their staffs run for the office.


It's nothing more than a well-run business that some of your CEO clients might run. They make the executive decisions, but have also figured out a successful, profitable way to delegate work. In the meantime, they travel, play golf, and do other leisure activities. The Senator is the CEO, but gets paid with public dollars. You can't argue that it's not efficient.





C'mon, Snaggletooth....you actually think that the US Senate is an efficient operation????   You're either kidding or a Democrat.

Jun 9, 2008 4:49 pm
Philo Kvetch:
snaggletooth:
Philo Kvetch:
snaggletooth:

I have several of my closest friends (and clients) on Capitol Hill.  The Senators don't even need to be there, except to vote.  All the work is done by their staff, even writing bills.  They just brief their Senator on how to vote when they pop in for the quick Yay or Nay.

 

Fine.  Then let's cashier ALL of the Senators and get their faces out of the public trough, and let their staffs run for the office.
 

It's nothing more than a well-run business that some of your CEO clients might run.  They make the executive decisions, but have also figured out a successful, profitable way to delegate work.  In the meantime, they travel, play golf, and do other leisure activities.  The Senator is the CEO, but gets paid with public dollars.  You can't argue that it's not efficient.



C'mon, Snaggletooth....you actually think that the US Senate is an efficient operation????   You're either kidding or a Democrat.

 
It's efficient in the way they delegate work and show up to vote (which is what we were originally talking about).  The fact that they cockblock each other for political points as opposed to actually getting something worthwhile done is very inefficient. 
Jun 9, 2008 7:32 pm
iceco1d:

I think Snags was referencing how "efficient" they are at getting paid for what they do (or don't do).  I like it.  LOL.

 
Exactly.  Snags' humor (or truth in this case) doesn't quite through in the binary system.