I usually prefer to talk policy rather than politics. I can be quite sarcastic when vexed. Also, I try hard not to let my favorite defense mechanism, cynicism, get the best of me. Today I fail... but I've got to get this off of my chest!
consider if you will... The Landscape Guy, The Garbage Collector, The Construction Worker, The Grocery Cart Collector: All of them work in this heat and only a few of them get two weeks of paid vacation and even fewer get health insurance.
Next consider our Congress people who argue, obfuscate, fly on airplanes, shake a few hands, and sometimes miss a few hours of sleep -- all in climate-controlled conditions, rarely breaking a sweat. They have the best working conditions and only have to take a few steps to get a meal. Yet, they remain an epic failure and have no compunction about taking a month off and leaving 70,000 FAA workers in a lurch - for starters.
Yes, I know it is part of the schedule. Yes, I know the vacation schedule has been this way forever. Yes, I know that the individual congresspeople have no control of the schedule.
Just allow me this whistful thought: I wish I could waste as much time on my job as they do and still be able to take a vacation.