If the U.S. Congress were run like a business, it probably would have been downsized to 20 or 30 members by now, rather than the 535 who occupy space in the Capitol. After all, it takes only a couple dozen legislators to accomplish the work Congress actually gets done.
Congress, for better or worse, is not run like a business, which is why we’re once again confronted with the spectacle of a needless government shutdown. No viable company would arbitrarily shut itself down, leaving customers, suppliers and employees in the lurch. To members of Congress, however, these are minor inconveniences compared with the urgent national need to draw attention to themselves. When companies are forced to shut down, it’s usually dire. But when Washington shuts down, it’s a tactic.
You and I voted for these jokers, so it seems like an opportune moment to examine ways in which the politicians we send to Washington live in a taxpayer-funded utopia in which normal workplace rules don’t apply. Here areRead More »from 4 Things Congress Can Get Away With but You Can’t