I sometimes wonder what in the world do all of those poor folks in Washington -- those with the big paychecks, lucrative health care and retirement benefits -- do every day to keep themselves from being bored stiff while just sitting around that great, big capitol building waiting to vote on a lone bill (health care, I understand), which doesn't amount to a hill of beans, since the majority of plain, ordinary citizens (the taxpayers), are against it and don't want it to happen.
Considering the fine salaries and the number of politicians and their staffs -- more than a thousand, I'm sure, counting all the senators, congressmen, their staffs, the president and his staff -- the cost of passing one bill through the House and Senate must be astronomical. Just that thought alone, never mind the cost once it's put into effect, makes one cringe.
Getting back to the poor politicians, I do hope they have something to keep them busy, like movies, television, pool tables, a rec room, etc. You know the old saying, "Idle minds usually are up to no good," and considering all the finagling and graft that goes on in Washington, I do believe that saying fits the situation to a tee.
I do wish however -- considering all the troubling issues that face the nation -- that someone with a business management course in their portfolio would put to better use all that illustrious brainpower just going to waste. Surely they could spare a few to work on other pending top-priority projects, such as ending our dependency on oil from other nations -- especially those that don't like us -- safeguarding our borders, creating more jobs for American workers and stimulating the economy.
Then, too, they might be able to put many more to work discovering ways to help the small business owners, to stop the escalating health care expenses and insurance costs, stop the drain on the dollar, improve the public school system using sound logic, improve the capability of our armed forces, find a way to deal with the Iran crisis, put a stop on immigration until the American worker goes back to work, force all illegal aliens to leave the country and allow none to re-enter without legal documents, and etc.
Having worked in industry where time is money and manpower is at a premium, the wasted expense in our federal government is truly unbelievable. It is no wonder that the national debt keeps escalating at an ever increasing rate.
Valkey Tiernan of Albany is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, served in the Air Force 20 years and retired from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany in 1997.