Should a teacher constantly take time away from a classroom in his or her pursuit of a better paying job, we''d scream foul. Our children were being cheated of a proper education. They were hired on a full time basis to fulfill contract obligations. Police and law enforcement officers can not work on special details if it conflicts with regular scheduled duty. If that happens again we scream "Wrong!". So why then do we merely accept as okay elected politicans traisping around the country on our time collecting a salaries we pay to run for a higher office.
Senators and Congressmen and women desiring to become president spend the better part of two years chasing the oval office. They have campaign offices where primaries are most influential. Countless jaunts get made to visit coffee shops and schools in these states. Their rationale is they are a mere fax or cell phone call away. If CEO''s behaved like that they would be fired. Yet we condone it.
Literally millions are spent chasing a postion paying a few hundred thousand. The men and women so intent on wanting it ought to either take a reduction in pay while stumping for votes or pay the people of America back. We did not elect a single one of them to work a couple days a week. We put them in Washington to take care of our needs.
Former governors and mayors do not have calls pulling them back to a nice office when a vote is being held. They are not part of committees making importatnt decisions about legal or defense matters. Senators and congresspersons are though. Moonlighting in order to maintain a family is one thing. That does not take away from one''s major position however.
Wanting to better oneself is admirable. Doing it when primary obligations are concerned are not. The American taxpayers deserve better from their elected officers. They ought to receive full attention from their people on the Hill. And this is not including rallies running for president.