Southerland: Public service an honor but not a cushy job *snip* "And by the way, did I mention? They're shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?" Southerland told about 125 people in an auditorium at the Westminster Oaks retirement community. "If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I'll just tell you: This job don't mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City." He said his $174,000 salary is not so much, considering the hours a member of the House puts in, and that he had to sever ties with his family business in Panama City. *snip* Who is shooting at him???? This teabagging moron is one of the stupidest people in Congress. I know, because he's my representative. I wish he would go back to Panama City and his family business.

Just when DOES Congress work? by Leslie on October 6, 2010 Have you ever wondered when Congress works? I know I have! It seems like every other day they are adjourning for recess, and thus are always either rushing to push some all-important bill through at the last minute or putting something unsavory off for later. I decided to look it up, and found the staggering statistic that even factoring in the fact that there are only 260 days in a work year instead of 365 in a full year, Congress only works 52.6% of the time! While researching I learned of this oddity of the Congressional schedule Travel Days. Originally Congress would stay in Washington half a year: December May, and then travel home for the summer months. This was in part because summer in Washington without air conditioning was unbearable and in part because it took a full week for the farthest away members to get back to their States. When it became easier to go back and forth to Washington after only a weekend at home Congress started canceling all votes on Mondays and Fridays to allow members to make it back in town. Thus, the work week starts on Tuesday but not until after 6:30 PM. Any days that are no voting travel days I count as off even though they arent technically recesses, and any days where the voting doesnt start until 6:30 I count as half days when I do the tally. The schedule of each session of Congress varies slightly, and they actually have been decreasing the number of 3 days weeks lately, but the general numbers hold across years. According to official government sources, the 2010 Congressional schedule looks like this: January: 31 days ■Full working days (including weekends) 7 ■Travel days (no voting) 1 ■Half days (voting only after 6:30PM) 2 ■RECESS DAYS 20 Tally of days worked so far: 9/31 February: 28 days ■Full working days 12 ■Travel days 6 ■Half days 3 ■RECESS DAYS 7 Tally so far: 21/59 March: 31 days ■Full working days 20 ■Travel days 3 ■Half days 4 ■RECESS DAYS 4 There are TWO full 5 day weeks in March. Tally so far: 41/90 April: 30 days ■Full working days 13 ■Travel days 3 ■Half days 3 ■RECESS DAYS 11 There are some 4 days weeks in April. Tally so far: 54/120 May: 31 days ■Full working days 21 ■Travel days 5 ■Half days 4 ■RECESS DAYS 1 May is a busy month, only one day of recess! Tally so far: 75/151 June: 30 days ■Full working days 19 ■Travel days 2 ■Half days 4 ■RECESS DAYS 5 This is really getting crazy, another 5 day week in June. Tally so far: 94/181 July: 31 days ■Full working days 20 ■Travel days 1 ■Half days 3 ■RECESS DAYS 7 How could they be patriotic without a full SEVEN days off for the 4th of July week? Tally so far: 114/212 August: 31 days ■Full working days 7 ■Travel days 0 ■Half days 1 ■RECESS DAYS 23 Ahh, this makes up for all those full 5 days weeks. Tally so far:121/243 September 30 days ■Full working days 11 ■Travel days 4 ■Half days 3 ■RECESS DAYS 12 Had to work a week in August, and need at least a month off, so the Summer recess bled into September. Tally so far: 132/272 October + November + December: 91 days ■Full working days 5 ■Travel days 0 ■Half days 0 ■RECESS DAYS 0 Why are there no more days after October 5th? Its because Congress is adjourned for the remainder of the season! They have off until January when they hit the ground running with three weeks of recess. Final Counts: ■Full working days 137 ■Travel days 25 ■Half days 29 ■RECESS DAYS 90 Final Tally: 137/365 37.5% of the year is spent with a full day of working. If you discount weekends and holidays there are 260 work days each year. Congress works 52.6% of a work year. Just when DOES Congress work?

"Tallahassee Democrat".... yea, there's a non partisan source with no 'hidden' agenda. An intelligent person would be asking for the context of his remarks before bitching about what he said. I am, however, not surprised that the 'source' does not provide context - and I am equally not surprised that the lefties on here aren't smart enough to question it. If it makes the GOPer look bad, that's context enough for some.

yep does not have on point to dispute, just the source. Pretty small limited mind there a trying to work. Keep trying there CG perhaps you can get a bit of an origional thought out.

It's just amusing - in a "look at that dope" way - that CowardGirl thinks because it's called the Tallahassee Democrat, that it's a Liberal paper. As for their editorial page, I see: Leonard Pitts Jonah Goldberg Kathleen Parker George Will Cynthia Tucker Bill Cotterell (local political reporter) Eugene Robinson Dana Milbank Looks pretty balanced to me.