Are You Kidding Me?
Tuesday, December 18 2012
The title says it all. We are in the midst of fiscal cliff negotiations, a crisis engineered by members of Congress, and little progress is being made. Clearly, the answer is to take more time off in 2013.
According to Roll Call, the House will stick to a four-day work week and is only scheduled to in session on 15 Fridays next year. 15?! There are 52 Fridays in 2013. How many people get 37 vacation days a year? And that doesn’t even count all other breaks that Congress will take, most of them being multiple week recesses.
I don’t know about you, but as much as I love my job, I would be lying if I said a schedule similar to Congress’ didn’t sound nice. But as our elected officials who are supposed write legislation that governs our country, it really makes me mad that Congress doesn’t feel a need to work that often.
To quote Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people.” For those of you who aren’t Seinfeld fans, Frank Costanza created Festivus, an alternative holiday. The Festivus episode of Seinfeld aired 15 years ago today actually, so at CAI we thought we would celebrate with our own Festivus celebration directed towards Washington.
Air your grievances with Washington by commenting below, posting on Facebook and tweeting #festivUS.
To get you started here are two of David Walker’s problems with Washington:
I have a problem with Congress taking off seven times more weekdays than the average American when we have serious fiscal and other challenges that get worse with the passage of time.
I have a problem with our nation’s CEO and the only person truly elected by all the people, the President, not using his “bully pulpit” to go directly to the people with the whole truth about our nation’s financial challenges and a comprehensive way forward to address these challenges.
Happy Festivus everyone!