Rachel Maddow: The Only Thing Congress Has Planned the Rest of the Year is A Lot of Vacation

msnbc-maddowMost people who are familiar with me or who regularly read my column know that I’m a fan of Rachel Maddow.  While clearly a devout liberal, she’s still a highly intelligent individually who often backs up with sourced facts exactly what many liberals are saying about a certain issue.  She’s also someone who doesn’t shy away from calling out politicians (granted, it’s usually Republicans) for what she feels is their ridiculous behavior.

So, it should come as no surprise that she’s taken exception to the fact that between now and the end of the year, Congress seems to have quite a lot of time off.

On her show she pointed out that starting midday yesterday, Congress will be off the rest of this week, all of next week and that following Monday.  Then, following that, Congress will work back to back four day weeks.

Maddow mockingly said, “That kind of schedule and a six figure salary for doing it, that is a combination that is impossible not to love.”

Here’s the video of the full segment, via MSNBC:

Following her disgust with the amount of days Congress will actually be in Washington, she then discussed a report by Politico that said Speaker of the House John Boehner was considering canceling a few of the 19 remaining legislative days left for 2013.

After all, we don’t have any issues facing our country right now, do we?  We’ve passed sensible immigration reform and have a budget ready to be signed by the president, right?  Oh, wait, we don’t have either of those.

It amazes me that at this point in our nation, with so many things going on, a Congress that already has a ton of time off is actually considering taking even more time off.

As Maddow said, it appears their only plan for our nation seems to be more vacation days for them.

Which is really ironic considering, as it relates to the immigration issue, Republicans have claimed that there isn’t time to discuss the issue.  Seriously?

Here’s an idea:  Don’t take so many days off and maybe the most unproductive Congress in United States history will actually accomplish something.

But then again, would they?  Not likely.  Republicans have but one focus right now, and that’s seizing the opportunity to claim that “Obamacare” is some kind of a failure because a website is having issues.  The website issues are a problem with execution, not a problem with the fundamental goals of the law.  So, until the website gets fixed, Republicans are only going to focus on one thing—using the issues HealthCare.gov is experiencing to leverage some kind of political momentum.

Which is the real reason why Republicans are eager to spend more time in their districts.  They’re hoping to take advantage of the issues the health care website is experiencing to help aid their 2014 campaigns.

So, honestly, does it matter how many days Congress is in Washington?  Republicans have shown for years that they have no intention of working with the president.  The only thing they’ve proven time and time again is that nothing will get done until the last possible minute.  Until everything is pushed to the brink of collapse, then they’ll make a half-hearted attempt to work with President Obama.

However, it’s pathetically hypocritical how Republicans often talk about “lazy Americans” not wanting to work, when they are some of the most overpaid and lazy Americans we have “working” in this country today.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Tony

    Always amusing to hear people complain about how little the POTUS works and all those vacations he takes. Never do those same people complain about how little Congress actually works.

    • LateNightLarry

      The ones complaining the LOUDEST about President Obama taking a Saturday afternoon off to play golf are always RepubliKKKLOWNS and teanderthals… who haven’t worked a full week in the last five years… Chain them turkeys to their desk and make them solve the problems of this country or resign their cushy 10 hour a week jobs and start working a REAL job, with REAL ACCOUNTABILITY… in their home district… permanently.

  • arsailman1

    They definitely do NOT deserve the salaries they get…

  • Edward Krebbs

    sequestration/fiscal cliff/debt ceiling/budget negotiations. It isn’t like there’s anything important to do !
    Seriously, doesn’t this signal a clear intent to not negotiate on the important issues along with holding pointless hearings on everything that happens ?

  • marzolian

    I like Rachel too, but there’s some problems with somebody’s argument. I haven’t figured out whether it’s you, or Rachel.

    Call them misguided, out of touch, media hogs. Lots of other names apply. But don’t call them lazy and overpaid.

    They have to work to get in those positions and keep people happy, or at least working with them: major donors, other politicians in their own party, the media. (And sometimes voters.) As suggested, some have been working hard to derail the president’s agenda, and they’re going to keep it up in their districts.

    Next: many of them were rich before they gt to Congress, and don’t depend on congressional salaries. Many are well-educated and well-connected, and be making lots more money in the private sector. Considering the job we we do, I think we would be better off paying them double or triple their curretn salaries, but forbidding any other income or gifts. No speaking fees, no book deals, no lobbying deals after they leave office, no stock options, no insider trading, no hotel rooms, no plane tickets, no golf outings. Not even a Happy Meal.

    • 16thgenerationBritishAmerican

      Well if they are so already well off before they get to elected; lets make all public government offices volunteer! You don’t get paid; you don’t get healthcare; you don’t get a pension; like willy wonka said “you get nothing.”