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(WTOP)   New report shows that Congress actually has an incredibly strong work ethic, is just misunderstood   (wtop.com) divider line 122
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2013-03-12 10:23:38 AM
If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.
 
2013-03-12 10:27:54 AM

basemetal: If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.


I would've said "grifting" myself, but six of one...
 
2013-03-12 10:29:58 AM
Can't get article to load, so I'm assuming this report was commissioned by Congress.
 
2013-03-12 11:18:03 AM

basemetal: If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.


All those dinners are hard work...
 
2013-03-12 11:18:34 AM
The article would mean something if they defined what "work" was...like golfing with a contributor, going out to dinner, napping on the plane, etc.
 
2013-03-12 11:23:45 AM
So do they have timecards for this work? How do we know their friends are stamping them in?
 
2013-03-12 11:34:20 AM
The author

Brad Fitch
President & CEO

Bradford Fitch has spent 25 years in Washington as a journalist, congressional aide, consultant, college instructor, Internet entrepreneur, and writer/researcher.

Fitch began his career as a radio and television reporter in the 1980s. He began working on Capitol Hill in 1988 where he served for 13 years. He worked in a variety of positions for four Members of Congress, including: press secretary, campaign manager, legislative director, and chief of staff.

Fitch left Congress in 2001 to work for the Congressional Management Foundation. As Deputy Director of CMF, he served as a management consultant for Members of Congress, offering confidential guidance, conducting staff training programs, and writing publications on enhancing the performance of individual congressional offices and the institution. He served as editor of Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide for the 108th Congress and 109th Congress editions. In 2005 Fitch managed CMF's Communicating with Congress project, and co-authored the report, How Capitol Hill is Coping with the Surge in Citizen Advocacy. He left CMF in 2006 to form a new company, Knowlegis, in affiliation with Capitol Advantage. Knowlegis is now a part of CQ-Roll Call Group, where Fitch served as a Vice President until 2010 when he returned to CMF.

Fitch is also the author of Citizen's Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials (TheCapitol.Net, 2010); Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress (TheCapitol.Net, 2004); "Best Practices in Online Advocacy for Associations, Nonprofits, and Corporations," a chapter in Routledge Handbook of Political Management (Routledge, 2008); and articles on communications and advocacy. He has taught journalism and public communications at American University in Washington, D.C, where he served an adjunct Associate Professor of Communications. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and his M.A. degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.
 
2013-03-12 11:44:56 AM

wxboy: Can't get article to load, so I'm assuming this report was commissioned by Congress.


*snerk*
 
2013-03-12 11:47:08 AM
They work very hard for corporations and billionaires.
 
2013-03-12 11:47:54 AM
The House was in session for 153 days in 2012. Yeah, they're totally busting their asses.
 
2013-03-12 11:48:11 AM

basemetal: If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.

 
2013-03-12 11:48:13 AM
Congress & Senate = lazy bunch of bought-off turds who are severly underworked and very overpaid.
 
2013-03-12 11:49:06 AM
They work really hard for the billionaire who will give them jobs once they quit public "service".
 
2013-03-12 11:49:30 AM
Isn't that what you say right before you get fired?
 
2013-03-12 11:49:40 AM

Cybernetic: The House was in session for 153 days in 2012. Yeah, they're totally busting their asses.


Them's schoolteacher hours.
 
2013-03-12 11:50:58 AM
LOL subby!!
 
2013-03-12 11:52:17 AM
And how much of that time is spent contemplating how their work could better align with the CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES this great nation was founded upon? These lousy two bit hucksters nowadays don't even stop to consider how by working they are inherently encouraging the godless communist islamofacist machine that the government has become. If these congressmen really cared about this country they would stop working immediately and refuse to further the political agenda of this usurper's administration. If the dumbocrats, RINOs and spineless jellyfish inderpendents in congress really wanted to work toward rebuilding the country they would stop working to rebuild the country.
 
2013-03-12 11:52:38 AM
Congress is a soul whose intentions are good.
 
2013-03-12 11:53:47 AM
What a Congressman working might look like

pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-03-12 11:53:49 AM
Let's hypothetically assume that the study - which was funded and performed by the Congressional Management Foundation, so there's no possibility of bias there at all - is accurate, and they really do work upwards of 70 hours a week.

I could put in 70 hours a week at my job as well.

That doesn't mean that I'm effectively performing my job, or in fact actually accomplishing anything worthwhile.

So even if we assume that they really are working 70+ hours a week, the product of that work (or lack thereof, as the case may be) indicates that they are not working effectively.
 
2013-03-12 11:53:57 AM

basemetal: If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.


Let's not leave out serving the interests of the obscenely wealthy and their corporations. They are also quite keen on turning our democracy into an authoritarian police state.

On those issues, they are completely indefatigable.

Hell, we just made the "temporary" Bush tax cuts permanent instead of finally allowing them to expire. Now, only days later, they are seeking to cut Social Security, despite the fact that it is the nation's one self funded program and has trillions of dollars worth of surplus.
 
2013-03-12 11:54:34 AM
"Members of Congress have a pretty strong work ethic. They spend about 70 hours a week when in Washington working, and when they are back home, about 59 hours a week," says Brad Fitch, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Management Foundation."


...and if you believe this shiat, I got a bridge you might be interested in too.
 
2013-03-12 11:54:41 AM

Cybernetic: The House was in session for 153 days in 2012. Yeah, they're totally busting their asses.


I read somewhere on here that there were 35 votes to repeal Obamacare (or more) in 2012. If true, that's one vote every 4.3 days of session. Basically, once a workweek.
 
2013-03-12 11:56:16 AM

LordOfThePings: What a Congressman working might look like

[pbs.twimg.com image 320x489]


chuckslowe.com

I'll raise that one........
 
2013-03-12 11:57:52 AM
FTA:
They spend about 70 hours a week when in Washington working, and when they are back home, about 59 hours a week...

They put in all that time and still can't get sh*t accomplished?!!
 
2013-03-12 11:58:17 AM
Has anyone called it yet? Checks page- no....SHENANIGANS
 
2013-03-12 11:58:58 AM
I work 70 hours a week too.  Where's my pork barrel?
 
2013-03-12 11:59:46 AM

Bonkthat_Again: The article would mean something if they defined what "work" was...like golfing with a contributor, going out to dinner, napping on the plane, etc.


Napping on the plane.

Thanks, that was hilarious.
 
2013-03-12 12:01:34 PM
I am surprised this wasn't a FOX news link!
 
2013-03-12 12:01:43 PM
FTA: Of the 194 members of the U.S. House of Representatives randomly selected to participate in the 2011 survey, 25 responded.

Well, we know the work ethics of about 0.5% of Congress. And I am sure that nobody that actually responded claimed that they were slackers.
So I would take 10-15% off the numbers provided and that might actually be a little more accurate.
 
2013-03-12 12:02:24 PM

BullBearMS: Let's not leave out serving the interests of the obscenely wealthy and their corporations. They are also quite keen on turning our democracy republic into an authoritarian police state.


FTFY
 
2013-03-12 12:02:24 PM

basemetal: If you mean a strong work ethic in campaign fundraising, yeah, I'd say probably so.


Done in one.
//Congress, the best govt money can buy
 
2013-03-12 12:03:15 PM

Bschott007: I am surprised this wasn't a FOX news link!


In order for it to be a Faux News link, it would have indicated that the Republican contingent spends 80 hours a week on the wall defending the country against Muslim Mexican terrorists, while the Democratic legislators were secretly selling us to Islamic Communists hellbent on taking our guns and making us all gay.
 
2013-03-12 12:03:38 PM

Citrate1007: They work very hard for corporations and billionaires.


They like to be referred to as constituents.
 
2013-03-12 12:05:50 PM

SDRR: Citrate1007: They work very hard for corporations and billionaires.

They like to be referred to as constituents.


"Small businesses."
 
2013-03-12 12:08:02 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: LordOfThePings: What a Congressman working might look like

[pbs.twimg.com image 320x489]

[chuckslowe.com image 400x225]

I'll raise that one........


i45.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-12 12:08:36 PM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: They work really hard for the billionaire who will give them jobs once they quit public "service".


Already on the payroll...
 
2013-03-12 12:10:00 PM
Let's truly analyze


Here's how members of Congress spend their time while in D.C.:

- 35 percent on "Legislative/Policy Work" - Banging a hooker or pushing through bills for cash
- 17 percent on "Constituent Services Work" - Banging the wife/daughter/son of a donor
- 17 percent on "Political/Campaign Work" - Raising money and getting drunk
- 9 percent on "Press/Media Relations" - Getting drunk on the public dime
- 9 percent with "Family/Friends" - Getting drunk at dinner with "relatives"
- 7 percent on "Administrative/Managerial Work" - Banging an intern
- 6 percent on "Personal Time" - Getting drunk at the private trough
 
2013-03-12 12:10:53 PM
For most of these folks, 'Congressman' is not a job it's a life style. Doing real legislative work probably accounts for 20% of their reported 'working' hours
 
2013-03-12 12:12:33 PM
Me too, Congress.  Me too.
 
2013-03-12 12:13:12 PM
There's a difference between having ethics and having a work ethic, subby.

/Hitler had a good work ethic too
//Godwinned!
 
2013-03-12 12:13:29 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: "Members of Congress have a pretty strong work ethic. They spend about 70 hours a week when in Washington working, and when they are back home, about 59 hours a week," says Brad Fitch, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Management Foundation."


...and if you believe this shiat, I got a bridge you might be interested in too.


No you don't, because Congress won't fund infrastructure.
 
2013-03-12 12:15:18 PM
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-03-12 12:15:58 PM

SploogeTime: Congress & Senate = lazy bunch of bought-off turds who are severly underworked and very overpaid.


And this is where I bring up my argument about how to solve all of the problems in government.
Take away the salaries.

If the polititians really cared so much about the job they were doing, they wouldn't need to get paid 6 figures a year.  This is especially true since every last one of them are millionaires to begin with.

Take away the salaries, and all you would have left are people who actually CARE, and would actually DO a good job.  And it wouldn't take 5 years to get a single piece of legislation passed.  Well, except those that give them a pay raise.  Those seem to pass with surpising speed and efficiency.  (Obviously, that wouldn't be a problem anymore either.)
 
2013-03-12 12:16:47 PM
All velocity, no vector.  Doesn't equal "work".

I would rather say they "Don't Work" very very hard.
 
2013-03-12 12:18:38 PM
That 17% they spend on political and campaign work and the 9% on media and press relations is not work that they do for us, it is work that they do for themselves and, as such, this time should be subtracted from that 70 hour a week number.
 
2013-03-12 12:20:42 PM
Yeah, I could put in 70 hours a week at my job too if they'd let me. Once I finished my work I'd spend my time on facebook or even here. 1/4 of my time at work NOW is spent killing time since they don't give me enough to do, so while I say I put in 40 hours a week, I mean I get PAID for 40 hours a week. That doesn't reflect at all the work I actually do.

Pointless article is pointless.
 
2013-03-12 12:22:27 PM
 

Cybernetic: The House was in session for 153 days in 2012. Yeah, they're totally busting their asses.


House sessions are for presenting and arguing bills.  A lot of work has to be done before that stage in the game.

Congress isn't broken because congressmen are lazy.  Nothing is happening because they won't compromise with each other.  And until the electorate wants something else, that is the way it will be.
 
2013-03-12 12:23:09 PM

durbnpoisn: Take away the salaries, and all you would have left are people who actually CARE

are either rich enough to be able to work 2 or 6 years without a paycheck, or have been bribed enough to be able to afford it.

// next time, think one step beyond what sounds like a good idea
// think of what you're incentivizing with that plan, and what the unintended consequences might be
// that goes for the rest of you slackers as well
 
2013-03-12 12:24:43 PM

haterade: Has anyone called it yet? Checks page- no....SHENANIGANS


Exactly.
 
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