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March 11, 2013

Congress should lead way with sequester



As long as we’re talking about ways our Congress creatures can save money, we can start making John Boehner pay for his own tanning sessions. Again, I don’t know what John pays for his tanning sessions, but whatever he pays, it’s too much.

We could also charge our Congress creatures to use the Congressional restroom. Again, it’s only fair.

I read recently about a restaurant in Tennessee that tried to charge a women $5 because she used the restaurant’s restroom but didn’t order anything to eat or drink.

I’m figuring that since our Congress creatures aren’t doing anything of value for us, they should have to pay to use the bathrooms. I’m thinking $10 would be a fair price. Well, $25 if you’re a Republican. Ha! That’s a joke. Both Republicans and Democrats should have to pay $25.

Of course, there is one guy who won’t have a problem having to pay to use the little Congress creature’s room, and that guy is Rand Paul. By the way, is it just me, or does Rand Paul’s name sound like it’s backward?

Anyway, Rand, a Republican senator from Kentucky, spoke for almost 13 hours to delay a vote on the new CIA director.

Of course, after Rand stop talking the rest of the senators sort of yawned and voted to confirm the new CIA director anyway.

Folks call what Rand did a “filibuster.” I call what Rand did a “giant waste of time.”

See, I don’t want a senator to talk for 13 hours. I want a senator to end the sequester.

But maybe that’s just me.

So, until the sequester deal is settled, I say our Congress creatures should have to take one week a month off without pay. They can take their unpaid days off all at once or they can take a couple days every week.

Either way, I don’t think anyone else will notice.

Mike Pound is a columnist for The Joplin (Mo.) Globe. Contact him a mpound@joplinglobe. com.

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