Monday, November 19, 2007

Two Weeks

Tucson, Arizona. Congress gets two weeks off for Thanksgiving and apparently works four days a week. What do they get for Christmas? A month? They make $160,000+ and get health care and pension for life (or something like that). Their kids don't have to fight in the war and get greased admission into fancy schools offering greased grades for connected kids. Yale's passing the Eggplant clearly shows a vegetable can buy a diploma from one of our finest higher education institutions if it has the right daddy.

While slowly, Congress appears to be developing some spine. Spending legislation is stalling. The GOP Congress got bit doing this with Clinton, but times have changed and seriously. I've written about "crafting a noose" in my other professional endeavors as it became necessary to strangle a particular SOB. Preferable is a clean shot and a gun. When this is not available, you can strangle.

Make the SOB veto what everyone wants. Craft language framing government shutdowns that paint the White House as the demon it is. The instant Eggplant condemns excessive spending point to his request for war funding, tax cuts for millionaires, and oil company subsidies.

Health care (and support in general) for aging relatives is solid blue material. The GOP can't even spell it and has NO SOLUTION. Come on, Nancy and Harry. Figure it out. Kudos to Harry for figuring out how to take a vacation without taking one, keeping the Senate technically in session so Lord Cheney can't cram Dick puppets down our throats.

Not knowing people who "serve" in Congress, I don't know what a vacation means. I can easily envision Grijalva catching a plane to the Bahamas and sipping margaritas on the beach for a couple weeks, but I have an inclination that is not the case with the freshmen. Does anyone know?

If I were Harry Mitchell or Gabrielle Giffords, I wouldn't let off the pedal for an instant and even Thanksgiving dinner would occur in the context of the next election. Two whole weeks of down time in CD 5 and CD 8? Say it ain't so. Let Pastor and Grijalva have the margaritas. Mitchell and Giffords have too much to do, and if they don't know what that is they deserve to lose next year. If they want two weeks off, they can wait until next Thanksgiving.

In case they really don't get it, allow me to contribute:

What and who are they:

1: Reading
2: Writing
3: Speaking
4: Listening
5: Meeting

To both Harry and Gabrielle, I could not be more serious and neither could the GOP cross-hairs on your foreheads.


Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Now that Starnet has changed its comments policy, suggest this become a shadow site when the stories are about Econ Development/TREO.
See today's Opinion page blathering about Ireland.
Guess they've run out of places in the USA for comparison and have to go abroad.

11/19/2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger Leon said...

What is X4MR rambling about? I read it 3 times and still does not make any sense.

11/19/2007 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's not to understand? They run this country and take two weeks off?

x4mr is complaining that the office should be more rigorous and implies that in reality it is (for some) if they wish to keep their seats.

Apparently the established incumbents can neglect serving the nation for weeks and months at a time. Prior to this, he warns freshmen to keep their schedules aggressive and their blades sharp.

Mitchell and Giffords skate on thin ice. A day off is not a day off if you want to keep your seat.

If Giffords or Mitchell are stupid enough to squander time during their freshmen term on events not supporting re-election, they invite defeat. They sit on pink districts and must craft campaigns that recognize this, or they are one term and out.

11/19/2007 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you worked for one week as hard as Rep. Giffords has the last eleven months, you'd commit yourself to a hospital.

11/20/2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Anon (4:27),

That's why she has my vote, and I believe you. My post is not to criticize, but to encourage. I want Mitchell and Giffords to retain their seats.

They earn these seats in 2008, not 2006, and I don't mean to discount the hard work to the first victories. I know they worked hard, but 2008 is the mettle.

I don't know who you are, Anon, but if you are connected enough to be solid in your assertion, please pass on what may be obvious. Bee is not kidding. He will have money and aligned GOP support. He will be tenfold the opposition of the Graf/Huffman fiasco.

Debating Bee versus Graf?

That's like comparing a jet to a tricycle. The jet will allege she is not a match for CD8, and he will craft his message masterfully.

Giffords must craft a response that connects and rings authentic. CD8 leans pink and is angry.

11/21/2007 12:28 AM  

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