Archive for Friday, March 8, 2013

Letter: Capital flight

March 8, 2013


I cannot contain my disgust at the sight, in a CNN report, of lawmakers fleeing Washington, D.C., just before last week’s sequester deadline when they should be working on the financial affairs of the country. We send these elected officials to the national capital to do the business of the country, but we get this deplorable childish behavior. We vote for these “candidates” with the expectation that they will work together to do the business of the country. But, no, it has to be “my way or the highway.”

They squabble like kindergartners. And with this serious budget problem looming, they flee like scared rabbits from the place where they should be doing the public’s business.

I think the whole lot of them should be impeached for failing to perform and delegated to the dust bin of history for massive failure to perform their elected duties for the American public.


woodscolt 4 years, 9 months ago

I cannot contain my disgust at the sight, in a CNN report, of lawmakers fleeing Washington, D.C.

Well, you missed the big news, Obama taking a weekend and playing golf with Tiger Woods instead of staying in the White House and working on this overly politicized problem

weeslicket 4 years, 9 months ago

hmmm.. playing golf on a weekend is certainly the same as not showing up for work on a workday.

i suppose if there really were congressional legislation to be signed by the president, he would then be able to sign that legislation. even on a weekend. and maybe even on a golf course.

woodscolt 4 years, 9 months ago

I was simply pointing out that faux news played obamas golfing weekend into an impeachable offense while ignoring that the entire republican controlled house had left town instead of working on the same issue. They seemed to have completely overlooked that if Obama hadn't played golf he could have gone over to the empty house and discussed the issue with the walls, as apparently faux news thought he should have done.

However, talking to the walls would be as productive as talking to the "just say no" to everything congress has been.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes. And only Congress can declare war, hence we've had no wars since WW II.

Bob Forer 4 years, 9 months ago

You are just repeated a myth that Obama vacations too much. First, some context from Nancy Reagan: "Presidents don't get vacations — they just get a change of scenery. The job goes with you." The responsibilities, the pressure, the officer with the "nuclear football" — it's all with a commander-in-chief at all times. No exceptions.

But how much time away from the White House has President Obama spent, and how does this compare with predecessors?

POTUS Tracker, compiled by The Washington Post, shows that from January 2009 to October 31, 2012, Obama spent all or part of 72 vacation days in a variety of places, mostly Hawaii in the winter and Martha's Vineyard in the summer. That's about 10 weeks away in three-and-a-half years, hardly extravagant. Through May 18, according to data from CBS's Knoller, he also visited Camp David 22 times, spending all of part of 54 days there.

What about his predecessor?

George W. Bush spent 32 months at his ranch (490 days) or Camp David (487 days) — an average of four months away every year.

Time off doesn't mean goofing off. President Bush, for example, met with a variety of foreign leaders at his ranch. President Obama held a G-8 summit at Camp David. Just like you might check your email while sitting on the beach (you fool, you), presidents never really unplug. But if anyone deserves a vacation, it is the person who serves in the world's most stressful and demanding job.

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

And as we all know, funding for White House tours is the most important item on the national agenda at this time...

Are you sure you aren't a Kansas legislator? You seem to have a great grasp upon the most vital issues of the day.

elliottaw 4 years, 9 months ago

you do realize that right now no Service member can use their benefits that they earned (GI Bill, tuition assistance, ect) because of what is going on, we promised these services to the armed forces and right now they are being told oh well can't do it. All the while our "representatives" as sitting at home twiddling their rhumbs collecting their checks.

Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 9 months ago

It isn't really the "Peoples' House" or "America's House." Calling it that is a rhetorical device. It is the office complex and residence for the Chief Executive. In other words, it is a place of business and a home. Not so much a tourist trap. It's not like we have a "right" to go traipsing through it.

George Lippencott 4 years, 9 months ago

Let us see - we split our votes 48 to 52%. In reading this forum it is my perspective that neither end seems willing to compromise. I see post after post demonizing the other side. I see far more posts from the left than the right although the venom is with both.

How can our legislators compromise when we will not let them. The problem starts with us.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 9 months ago

BINGO! You get what you vote for. Maybe more people will vote next time.

Martha Oldham 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree! They should not be paid for days not worked!

Bob Burton 4 years, 9 months ago

Lets see if I got this straight. A while back Obama said "I will veto any bill that tries to change this." I did get this right didn't I?

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