Dis­con­nect

Democrats hit the beach in San Juan as shut­down con­tin­ues

Texarkana Gazette - - OPINION -

About 800,000 fed­eral work­ers—in­clud­ing some right here in the Twin Cities—have had to get along with­out pay since he par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down be­gan De­cem­ber 22.

Some are fur­loughed. Oth­ers, deemed es­sen­tial, are on the job—though their pay­checks ap­par­ently don’t fall into that “es­sen­tial” cat­e­gory.

These work­ers are as­sured by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and mem­bers of Congress that they will get all the money due them when an agree­ment is reached and the gov­ern­ment is back up and run­ning.

In the mean­time, though, they will have to get along as best they can.

Of course, not all gov­ern­ment work­ers must worry about feed­ing the fam­ily or keep­ing the heat on. Our elected House and Se­nate mem­bers won’t be miss­ing any meals. Nor will the first fam­ily for that mat­ter.

In fact, some law­mak­ers are do­ing very well dur­ing this long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in his­tory.

About 30 Demo­cratic mem­bers of Congress went to Puerto Rico this week­end, en­joy­ing the sun and a per­for­mance pf the hit Broad­way show “Hamil­ton” while at­tend­ing the Con­gres­sional His­panic Cau­cus BOLD PAC con­fer­ence in San Juan.

The law­mak­ers, their fam­i­lies and about 109 lob­by­ists and cor­po­rate hon­chos gath­ered at a beach­side re­sort—rooms go for up­wards of $400 a night—to dis­cuss the is­land’s debt cri­sis and on­go­ing hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery ef­forts.

And of course hit the beach, dine, schmooze, booze and en­joy the hottest play in the world.

BOLD PAC char­tered a plane for the law­mak­ers and is pick­ing up the tab for lodg­ing and food. It should be noted that mem­bers of Congress had to pay for their own “Hamil­ton” tick­ets. So they’re feel­ing pain, too. Doesn’t look good, Democrats.

Now we aren’t sug­gest­ing Repub­li­cans or even the pres­i­dent are shar­ing the sac­ri­fice. But why would any­one think this was a good idea? Did they hon­estly think the Amer­i­can peo­ple—the folks they were elected to serve—wouldn’t no­tice such ex­cess in the midst of so much pain back home? Or did they just feel so en­ti­tled?

No won­der so many Amer­i­cans feel those in high of­fice are dis­con­nected from the prob­lems their con­stituents face. They are.

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