Let me start off by saying that I really don't care which politicians claim to be in touch and which ones don't bother to pretend. I don't care that politicians are sometimes crooked as long as they're not crooked at the expense of policymaking (when they are, I try to speak out and vote accordingly). And I really don't care that politicians tend to be on a buddy system that rewards their friends to positions they're not always qualified for since the folks who don't know what they're doing typically hire enough compotent people around them that things don't completely break down. But the news article I linked to is just too much. Members of the House are complaining that they'll have to work a 5 day week!
House leadership makes the rules as far as work schedule and they have to show up to work, too. There's nothing wrong with scheduling a 5 day work week (that doesn't start until 6:30PM on Monday and ends at 2PM on Friday) as long as everyone is expected to attend. The response that really put me on the warpath is this one by Jack Kingston (R-GA): "Keeping us up here eats away at families. Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."
Jack, if your marriage and family life will suffer so much from your job, then maybe you should find another line of work. That's what most people in that situation do. Instead you went out of your way to secure a job that will certainly keep you away from your family for extended periods even with the shorter work week. I think Pat knows some reverend who is willing to take your spot if it's too much a burden.
I doubt everyone is taking the same stance as Kingston, Gallegy (R-CA), Schultz (D-FL), and others. That these folks would publicly complain about it seems a bit odd to me. Even if they do have an issue with the work week, crying about it to the media is hardly the answer. It just makes them come off as looking lazy. I know they sure look lazy to me. And I don't even really care that they're lazy. I kind of expect it and given the current situation, kind of welcome it. But if they're going to pout about being expected to work a full week, they should cry to their mothers. I'm not interested in hearing about it.