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Better East Texas: Congress, serious about America's Problems?

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By Pat Stacey

Few people would say that America is not in an economic crisis.  In fact, most will say our country urgently needs our leaders to step up with a fire under their tail and get working on items of great importance, like addressing the debt ceiling, creating a workable budget, and providing ample security.  But that is a full agenda if you only work 3 days a week and are in session only about 140 days a year.  That's right, Congress uses Fridays and Mondays as travel days and hardly a month goes buy where they do not take a one or two week recess.  Now, no doubt, they need to be able to return to their districts and take the pulse of their constituents but one-hundred and forty days translates into only twenty-eight, 5-day work weeks a year.  How effective could you be working your full time job only twenty-eight weeks a year?  This statistic alone ought to be enough for all Americans to realize that just based on their schedule, Congress is not serious about helping fix America's problems, in fact their snail-paced speed is one of our country's biggest problems.  No, Congress is not committed to making the tough decisions before our nation and their schedule proves it.  But come to think about it, it may be best that they are not in session any more than they are – just think of the damage they could do.

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