By Wyatt Earp | January 28, 2009
Now, I realize that the term ‘genius politician” seems like an oxymoron, but bear with me. I truly think this man should run for president.
And the fact that he looks like Ulysses S. Grant only helps his cause. maybe we can put him on the $50 bill?
A state representative wants to dock lawmakers a day’s pay if an unexcused absence causes them to miss a vote on legislation that reaches the floor of the House or Senate.
Like I said: Friggin’. Brilliant!
“I think it’s just a matter of right and wrong,” Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, said Tuesday before the House Government Committee. “If you’re working, you should get paid, and if you’re not working, you shouldn’t get paid.”
Saying he’s tired of seeing colleagues miss votes they consider unimportant, Weiers calls in HB 2127 for lawmakers to lose an amount not less than $175 for each day they miss a floor vote. Those lawmakers also would be listed on the Legislature’s Web site as failing to vote. (H/T - Code Monkey)
No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself on, can anyone truly say that this is not a great idea? We vote for (and pay the salaries of) these politicians with the expectation that they will be doing their jobs. Whether they like it or not, sometimes their jobs demand that they vote on seemingly meaningless legislation.
What do you think would happen if everyone in America played hooky from work every time they thought their day would be full of meaningless work?
Oh, and the funniest part of this story?
During the House Government Committee vote, Rep. Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, was absent! Your tax dollars at work, kids.
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