The “hard working
I wish we had a Congress that slacked off and did nothing.
That’s rich coming from a guy in the party of Kennedy, Hastings, Jefferson, Murtha, Clinton, McGreevey etc…
All is not lost. Now that Nancy’s in charge she can crack the whip and get those slackers working.
Ah yes, Mark Foley. Because the Democrats never have such scandals.
A better angle would have been to talk about Republican policies that “eat away at families” – lack of affordable health insurance and / or day care for example.
A better angle would have been to talk about Republican policies that “eat away at families
All of this non sense babbling coming from the pilot of the Ga Demacratic Mothership who steered it right into the ground!!!!!
I wonder how many days a M AJOR FLOP CHAIRMAN WORKS THESE DAYS.
FYI….BOBBY KAHN is a non-salary volunteer. He is scrupulousy honest. He does not drink or run around on his wife. More than you can say for Alec Poitivent, who ran up $10, 000+ in travel expenses last year gratis GA GOP. And BOBBY KAHN has never gotten a DUI and has never been included in a secret land deal with Stan Thomas. Watch for Sonny and Alec and Stan to get indicted in 2007 due to a FEDERAL investigation of their self-serving corrupt deals, since Thurbert has no gonads. Can you say Governor Cagle????
When Jack Kingston voluntarily entered a race for Congress and won that race he knew what kind of hours he would have to work in order to fulfill his responsibility as the representative of Georgia’s 1st District. To perform my job I am sometimes sent overseas for 3 to 4 months at a time in order to provide for my family. I voluntarily accepted this job and understood what my responsibilities may require. For Jack Kingston to say this is ridiculous. Is Lord Kingston too good to leave his manor for long periods of time?
I noticed that rather than deal with the topic at hand everyone is trying to beat up the messenger. Amateurs.
I think Gallegly made the best point, will this time be spent in a productive manner? We shall see.
On face value, Congress needs to improve its work ethic. This past Congress was truly the most do nothing in memory, even surpassing Truman’s “Do Nothing Congress”.
If constructive business is done, it’s one thing, but if it’s show and tell time, well, that is a waste of everyone’s time.
I think that Congress would be fine on a Tuesday 9 AM – Friday afternoon work week as a set schedule.
Can we get Rep. Kingston to comment on here? A little explanation might be nice (*hint*hint* if Kingston happens to be reading).
When some here speak of a Congressman’s schedule they are incorrectly assuming 100% of his job is in Washington and anytime back in the district is just lazy time.
Our Congressmen and Senators are already too insulated from the real world, I’m not sure if it’s such a good idea to remove them even further from the people they represent. The last thing I want is our representative’s perspective of this country to be based on the D.C. cocktail circuit.
The more time they are in their districts the less time they can spend convincing each other that their spending and amnesty programs are a good idea.
atlantaman, they will have 262 days to be in their districts next year.
If that amount is not ample, then there is some sort of brain deficiency in our elected representatives–which I do not believe to be the case.
I know JK … he’s been off target before and many of his colleagues consider him somewhat “off the cuff.” But, he’s a good Congressman in general.
I agree with atlantaman … unless you have worked in a Congr office, you won’t really understand that a Member’s job is back in the District – not on the Hill. Also, JK literally lives in his office in DC. This saves his constituents money, not to mention shows some committment to hard work. So, I think your comments, Kahn, are meritless.
Btw, Bobby … you essentially led the GA Dem Party off the edge of a cliff on which it was already approaching since the last elections. You’re gone. So, now you’re pretty much attempting to use PeachPundit to make personal hits on on a respected Congressman.
Why don’t you piss off!!!!
Hey GAWire when Bobby Kahn took over Republicans had an 8-5 lead in our Congressional delegation (actually you could make the case that it was 8-3 back when he took over in the Gov’s office).
Now it is 7-6. Ask Max Burns if he thinks the Democratic Party has done a good job in Georgia the last four years.
I think that the purpose of the extended schedule is to send the message that there is a lot of work to get done in DC…
As a matter of record, hardly any of the appropriations bills were passed this term.
As well, there has been practically no oversite of the administration by Congress.
We see it one way here in GA, but in other places, people actually expect Congress to be a real check and balance on the administration.
I think Jack has a point though, cause he’s closer to the situation than any of us…
The subject of this thread demonstrates why the Democratic Party has suffered in Georgia. Bobby, please tell me there is something substantive that you can post about instead of this kind of inconsequential drivel.
JSM: “The subject of this thread demonstrates why the Democratic Party has suffered in Georgia. Bobby, please tell me there is something substantive that you can post about instead of this kind of inconsequential drivel.”
No, this is why Georgia Democrats are exasperated. Who on God’s earth elected this dumbf***? Oh yeah, Georgia Republicans.
I’m calling foul. Kingston’s excuse for the shorter DC work week was to spend lots of time with his family, not his constituents in his district. As for saving money for the taxpayers, didn’t this do nothing congress vote themselves another pay raise this year?
Wow. Three points.
1)–Suggestions that anyone has committed criminal acts should be immeidately deleted from this site unless the poster wishes to provide proof. The same goes for attacks on the character of any person. Would you like your children to read on a web site that their father was a philanderer, particularly when it wasn’t true? I think not.
2)–I would like Mr. Kahn to continue to lead the Georgia Democrats. After all as Chris mentioned, the Dems managed to hold on by a bare margin two Congressional seats and just look at the rest of the political picture. The Georgia House is controlled by…Republicans. The Georgia Senate is controlled by…Republicans. The Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Education, and the entire Public Service Commission are…Republicans. Yes who can argue with chrisishardcore that Mr. Kahn has been quite effective as Chairman?
3)–The article I read said that they would be expected to start on Monday and finish on Friday. Now many of us may think, that’s a hell of a lot less than I do. Of course a Congressman’s job is not just committee meetings and votes on the Hill. It is also constituent service, meeting with the people (many of whom can’t travel to DC) about their issues and staying in touch with the local officials about various issues with a DC connection. Should all our Congressmen live with their families in Washington, DC? I think that would be a very bad idea indeed. Should the children of Congressmen see their parents once a week if they are lucky? I think that is a bad idea as well. The problem with the United States Congress is that they meet too often already. A disciplined, principled leader that has organized core values into a plan for action can make the Congress move with rapid speed (witness the 104th Congress). The problem is those seem to be in short supply in leadership positions these days (sigh). Extending the workweek that requires Congressmen to arrive on Monday and leave on Friday means for many whose districts are on the West Coast, Alaska or Hawaii that they can forget about their districts for a long chunk of the next session. I know this site is about Georgia, but did anyone think of the other 422 people serving in the House?
JP:”Who on God’s earth elected this dumbf***? Oh yeah, Georgia Republicans.”
This demonstrates further why the Democratic Party has suffered in Georgia.
I think the move to the 5-day work week is intended to be symbolic. A sign that things are going to be different.
The realities of the job will eventually set in, though, and they’ll move to a 4-day work week as some have suggested. Congressfolks need to be in their districts, especially as election time approaches.
Gee-whiz…it’s SO interesting to see “Republicans” become identical to the “Democrats” of the 1990s; always attacking the messenger rather than the message.
The fact is that “congresspeople” have the ULTIMATE jobs in the world…they get to set their own salaries, their own pension benefits, and now, their own work schedule for deciding how much time they should be able to spend between pontificating on stupid-ass bills, spending time at cocktail parties with K-Street lobbysists, setting-up sleep away dates to cheat on their spouses (both Dems AND Republicans engaging in this), and then to spend time in their own districts.
Yeah…let’s spend our time beating-up on Bobby Kahn whilst the last days of our Republican “leadership” wallows in do-nothingness efforts to pare-down their responsibilities to the people they serve.
Hey, Bob, how’d the state elections turn out for you? Smackdown. Great job.
>>”””The fact is that “congresspeople
Bobby, you’re wrong. Say what you want about Jack Kingston, but this is not what he wants for Christmas.
The greatest Christmas present in the world for Jack, and other Georgia Republicans, would be Bobby Kahn serving another term as DPG Chair.
Republicans have never had such unprecedented success in Georgia as during your reign. For that, we are all indebted to you.
Bobby Kahn as DPG Chair, that’s something every Republican will certainly miss. And that my friend, is probably what Jack Kingston REALLY wants for Christmas.
Your comments regarding time spent away from D.C. in order to consult and get face time with constituents is valid, and it is an argument put forth by Roy Blunt, however isn’t an adequate defense of Kingston’s comments since the reason he gave was that it would require him to be away from his family. Well, boofreakinghoo. If the job is that tough and demanding then Jack could just go back and sell insurance.
Are you truly implying that the only source of income for a Congressman is their salary? How naive.
I like Jack Kingston, but his comments come off as him being out of touch with America’s working families.
If Jack is looking for someone to party with on the 2 extra nights he’ll have to be stuck in DC, may I suggest the new Executive Director of the RGA.
According to their website, his phone number is 202-662-4152. I hear he’s already got a beat on the best place to get a Jack ‘n Coke in the Capitol City.
Chris – you show yourself to be an ingrate piece of, well – we all know – with that classless post just above. You have yet to learn that making a point in politics does not require unfactual trashing of another person’s character.
As for Kahn, he is to Georgia Republicans what Reggie Ball is to Georgia Bulldogs. We all wish they both had more eligibility than it appears they have left.
So Andre, would you say that Jack would become more in touch with America’s working families by spending more time in DC or less time in DC?
It seems to me that someone who is not in touch with his constituency (as you claim he is) should spend more time with his constituency so that he may hear their concerns and learn more about their needs.
Jack’s letter in the AJC today…
I say fishtail gets banned in–8 hours.
Since Jack Kingston carries the entire world upon his shoulders, like Atlas, who’s going to pass his water ?
I enjoy the nut cases who think ONE MAN does everyone in an elected office.
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