Senator Lindsey Graham is complaining about having to go to work. With record levels of unemployment hurting families across the country, he and his Republican fellows have begund echoing a familiar line, that somehow going to their place of employment, which millions of Americans don’t have, is a burden.
I guess whining about it is better than Democrat Joe Manchin, who simply skipped work to host a family party this weekend. What did he miss? Why are Lindsey and Johns (Kyl and McCain), and Mitches complaining about working? Because Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has finally jump started the legislative process in the Upper House of Congress, and they are voting on legislation that’s been stalled for months. Among the bills being considered are:
- The repeal of segregation by the United States military (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell);
- A path to citizenship, education and military service for adults brought to the United States illegally as children (the Dream Act);
- Funding for the United States government for the next year;
- Confirmation of federal judges whose nominations over the last two years have been filibustered by [wait for it] Republican Senators like The aforementioned Graham, Kyl, McConnell and McCain;
- Ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia in which both countries agree to reduce nuclear stockpiles and allow the other to inspect and verify reductions (START);
- Extend Unemployment Insurance for the aforementioned unemployed Americans (13 months) and extend current tax rates for all Americans (24 months) to help our recovering economy continue in its recovery (Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010);
- And finally, the federal government’s financial support of policemen and women, firemen and women, and others who were the first emergency responders to the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, and those who helped find remains and survivors and Ground Zero in the years that followed, who are currently suffering the deliterious effects on their health AS A DIRECT RESULT of their heroism on 9/11 (the Zadroga Bill).
With all of these issues pressing upon the Senate, which for two years has failed in its responsibility to pass legislation due to Republican recalcitrance, these Senators are offensive in their complaint.
They are offensive because they are blessed with work when so many others are not.
They are offensive because they have caused (by their lack of good faith to work with those with whom they disagree) the rushed “lame duck” calendar that they are decrying.
They are offensive because on those issues where they have deigned to cast a vote, they have chosen to stall debate until their demands are met rather than serving the needs of the nation which they have been elected to help govern.
If working is so painful (Senator Graham), or so disrespectufl (Senator Kyl), or so sad (Senator McCain), then perhaps the time for you to retire is nigh… that is, if you’ve reached the appropriate age and the Senate hasn’t raised the retirement age in your absence. The people of the United States deserve representatives whose work ethic and personal integrity are matched with their job descriptions.
Apparently, you fail to qualify. And that is excruciating… with whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics.