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The trouble with Washington

Posted: October 1, 2010 11:27 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2010 11:26 a.m.

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke earlier this week to reporters, he unknowingly commented on one of the reasons Americans are fed up with Washington and what elected officials there are doing. “We may not agree on much, but I think with rare exception all 100 senators want to get out of here and get back to their states,” Reid said. Translation: we’re not going to address the massive budget problems this nation has because we need to go campaign so we don’t lose our cushy jobs.”

Both the House and the Senate had originally planned to be in session until Oct. 8, but adjourned early so lawmakers could get back to their home states to campaign. Obviously, getting re-elected is more important to them than taking up the business of the country. Two Democrats and 39 Republicans voted to stay in session to discuss spending and income measures, primarily the extension of the Bush tax cuts, but the remainder put important issues on the back burner until the election is over.

Democrats, of course, are running scared because of polls that show the party losing many seats in November. But Republicans can’t gloat, because polls show they aren’t thought of much more favorably than the opposition party. The bottom line is that few in Washington are doing what they are elected to do, and it will be poetic justice if dozens of them get sent home -- permanently -- in November.

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