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March 17, 2009 at 4:29 PM

In the nation’s capitol

Congress needs to multitask

So, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton, and his congressional colleagues in both houses only want to do one thing at a time, while the people they represent struggle with all the issues listed and more [“Congress stretched thin by Obama,” News, March 15].

Are these the same people who had no problem multi-tasking the bailouts of the Wall Street crowd who are at the core of the current economic situation? The same people who blindly sent us into an unjust war that continues to sap our economy? The same people who enjoy taxpayer-paid perks that cost more annually than most of us earn before taxes? The same people who take long summer and holiday breaks, and even go on international junkets while Congress is in session?

Are these the people we are supposed to feel sorry for?

Attention Congress: You need to be more like the people you claim to represent. Work 12 months a year — at your job — with only two to four weeks vacation, and take some work home at night, like the rest of us do. Put some sweat equity into your employment.

And stop worrying about saving your seats. Campaigns are about saving your seats.

When you are on the government dole your job is to represent us, make the tough decisions you promised on the campaign trail, and do what you feel is right, not what you feel will keep you employed.

Join those of us who are all in this together. Inaction and political maneuvering are no longer acceptable.

— Bill Dubay, Seattle

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