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Letter: Work ethic doesn’t apply?

To the editor:

It occurs to me that one reason our senators and representatives have such a hard time getting serious work done is that they don’t work hard enough with any regularity throughout the year. Thus, they don’t learn how to work.

Most Americans go to work five and often six days a week and deal with assignments, problems and conflicts on a regular basis. Furthermore, most Americans stay on the job until the job is done. If the job involves conflicts, they stay in meetings and work until they resolve the conflicts.

Our senators and representatives stay in Washington — their place of work — three days or so, travel home and back for two days, and do who knows what on the other two days. No wonder they don’t know how to work together, how to attack and resolve problems before they become crises, how to socialize with each other to cultivate friendly relations, which prove useful in the workplace. No wonder they look like those disorganized high school students who save the big term paper for Sunday night, pull an all-nighter, hand in at best a mediocre effort on Monday, and feel undeservedly proud to have met the deadline.

Our senators and representatives are not in high school anymore. They’re in charge of our government, receiving (not quite earning) extremely generous salaries, benefits and vacations at our expense, and they seem positively handicapped when it comes to working at their jobs.

Heidi Dawidoff


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