Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Monday, December 20, 2010

What did he say?

Dear Sen. Jon Kyl,

I've heard you think it would be disrespectful to the second holiest of holidays in the Christian calendar to work the week after Christmas. What holiday is that, Sen. Kyl? Kwanza? That's the week after Christmas. Boxing Day? Wait, only those Canadians do that.

So what holiday is being disrespected? Christmas? Here's the thing, Sen. Kyl, many people will be working this Christmas, and not just those who work in Chinese restaurants. And most people will be working the week after Christmas. Only a few factories close down, and all of retail and service industry jobs will be working (unless they take vacation time, and then, depending on their workplace rules, they may not be paid for the holidays).

Grow up. Only kids in school get the full week off.

Just how much do you make, Sen. Kyl? I mean as your straight salary for being a US Senator? Don't you think that entitles the good people of Arizona your work ethic? Don't you think that we should expect your butt to be in the office after the weekend? I understand that time away from the Senate doesn't mean you're not working. I expect that you'll be spending your holidays fund raising and meeting with your interest groups. Here's the thing, your day job is expecting you to be in the office. For the rest of us working folk, that means we dump the other plans and get our butts into the office. The good people of Arizona don't pay you for fund raising, they pay you to do the work of the Senate.

And just like those kids in school, Senator, you only get your ice cream if you eat your broccoli.

Maybe you shouldn't have been dragging your feet after the November election. Maybe you shouldn't have been dragging your feet for the past two years. Maybe you should have been doing your job all along.

In case you're wondering, Sen. Kyl, I will be at work next week. And I have plenty of reasons to not being there. But I have a job, so I will be there. You have a job, sir, I suggest you be there too.

Warm Christmas Wishes,
Your Non-Constituent

3 comments:

Dan said...

Like Jon Stewart said, "The extremist are running the country because us moderates have s^*t to do."

Rick said...

Hi Steve! How goes the writing these days? I'm in full groove with a steampunk sort of novel. Yeah- don't laugh.

So what are you writing?

Steve Buchheit said...

Dan, so true. If this past year was instructive of anything, it was that the extremists (on both sides) don't have real jobs and so have the time to raise a ruckus.

Rick. I'm glad somebody is writing. I had hoped to take this time between classes to finish the rewrite of the novel and maybe some short stories. I had 4 days off for a health issue (not mine, but I had to be there for somebody) which suddenly got filled up with day job work at home stuff. Sigh. And did I mention the 3 (three!) special council meetings being called over the holidays? I have an itch I can't scratch and it's driving me crazy.

I've been seriously debating resigning from council. I've gone to two meetings so far with the intent of delivering the letter. It's this damn Duty Bone that's getting me in trouble again. I only have a year left. Surely I can last another year. And then 3 special meetings get called and soak up even more time I don't have.

If I was doing something fun I could understand, but it's all work, all the time. There is no more time to cut out. Most people can cut TV time (or something else). I think in the past week and a half, I've seen a holiday movie with my wife ("The Shop Around the Corner" with Jimmy Stewart). I don't even remember seeing the evening news (which was about the majority of my TV watching anymore).

Sorry, didn't mean to dump my frustrations here. I might need to do a regular post on it.