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Richard Halstead
10-16-2009, 05:36 PM

Congress is getting burned out by five day week and needs to cut back. Maybe there is not enough free time to spend their pay increase, but they the Congress can't get Social Security an increase this year.

10-16-2009, 06:44 PM
You do know that that article was written in 2006.

10-16-2009, 06:47 PM
I only worked 2 days this week...

Richard Halstead
10-16-2009, 07:47 PM
You do know that that article was written in 2006.

It may have een written in 2006 but the reduced work week was on Fox news today.

Bob Gutermuth
10-17-2009, 07:22 AM
Good, the fewer days they work, the less mischief they can create

Roger Perry
10-17-2009, 10:36 AM
"Did Somebody Say War?"

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August 2007

"Bush on track to become the vacation president," Julie Mason headlined in the August 9, 2007, edition of the Houston Chronicle:[1] ( is_Missing_in_Action#_note-0)
"On Thursday, Bush left for a weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his family's summer compound, Walker's Point. On Monday, he heads to his Crawford retreat, where he has spent all or part of 418 days of his presidency, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent and meticulous record-keeper. "...The presidential vacation-time record holder is the late Ronald Reagan (, who tallied 436 days in his two terms. At 418 days, and with 17 months to go in his presidency, Bush is going to beat that easily." "I guess you could look at it this way -- the more he's on vacation, the less damage he can do to the country," Pam Spaulding wrote August 12, 2007.[2] ( is_Missing_in_Action#_note-1)

Bush Spent 487 Days At Camp David, 490 Days At Texas Ranch During (

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10-17-2009, 06:35 PM
We should thank God he was gone that much. He only got to run the national debt up to $11 trillion. Who knows what he would have done with almost 1000 more days on the job!!!

10-17-2009, 07:23 PM
[quote=Roger Perry;513331]"Did Somebody Say War?"

Bush Spent 487 Days At Camp David, 490 Days At Texas Ranch During (


OK, Let's be reasonable. Bush was in office for 8 years.
Lets compare to the typical worker.
Just weekends Sat and Sun 832 days
2 weeks vacation per year 80 days
10 paid holidays 80 days
That adds up to 992 days and he took 977 days.
Does anyone really believe that the President doesn't work when they are at Camp David or in this case his Texas ranch?

Gerry Clinchy
10-17-2009, 07:39 PM
Doubt that a President works 9 to 5 either.

It's hard to miss how anyone who is Pres ages during their term. The stress level does take its toll on them.

10-18-2009, 05:46 AM
I think that those questioning the work hours of members of Congress should try spending a few weeks keeping up with them. I have known and worked with more than a few politicians over time. Few have worked less than 16 hour days and none has worked less than seven days/week. Attending a cocktail party or ball or dinner with your constituents may sound like a party, but when you do it several times per week, it is all work. Even those like Eisenhower, Reagan and GWB, who spent large amounts of time on "vacation", playing golf, etc. were working hard through most of those activities. When your job is being a listener and a leader, little of your important work is done at a desk. The venues you choose for exercising influence vary by personal taste, ut when GWB was at his ranch in Texas with the press corp staked out at the gate and numerous staff and visitors there at all times, there is no question in my mind that he was working most of the time.

On a personal note, I worked at one point with First Deputy Mayor John Zuccotti in NYC. After a period of months where he spent more all nighters in meetings than he did at home, he decided to take a 5 day vacation with his wife and kids. To do this, they opted for a cruise. Halfway through, the Mayor had a helicopter fly out to the ship to pull him off.

10-18-2009, 05:59 AM
That is still 3 days too many!!!

10-18-2009, 06:57 AM

I don't doubt they put in the time, but are they accomplishing anything of value?

This effort to take over health care is an example of wasted time.

During the immigration debate, I watched as our senator accepted or at least would have if some small measure was added to the bill. He would accept the whole thing for some meaningless measure (expanding the visa program for ceartain workers). Accepting something of limited to no value because he had a chance to participate. The guy looked like he worked pretty hard, hair disheveled and all that, but the measure was meaningless and the acceptance of immigration legislation in the manner it was presented, at least in my view and a majority of the nations as well, would have been a detriment to the nation.

So hard work or the illusion of hard work matters not to me.

10-18-2009, 01:31 PM
I went to my boss, and told him I wanted a 3 day work week. He told me I could have every day off if I wanted. I went back to work.