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Monday, January 15, 2007

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.): "I'm overworked, you're a lazy bum."

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was all the rage last month when he suggested that he was being overworked by Nancy Pelosi when he was asked to work five days a week:

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who would normally fly home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays when congress was under Republican rule. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says." Zaius Nation

Kingston seems to have different advice for the rest of America. During the recent debate over minimum wage issues, he stated that if people want to get out of poverty they need to work longer hours and get married.

KINGSTON: If the Democrat Party truly wanted to take on poverty, they would have to say what is the relationship between marriage and the poverty level and between hours worked and the poverty level, because the truth of the matter is, if people end poverty, many of them would marry and work 40 hours a week, they would be out of poverty. [...] It’s not something I have the knowledge of or the information of, but it’s an economic fact that I hope we could have committee hearings on and discuss this. If we want to attack poverty, that’s where we need to go. With that, I yield back the balance of my time. Think Progress

Paradoxically, Kingston said that this was "not something I have the knowledge of or the information of..." and yet asserted that "It’s an economic fact." Certainly an interesting choice of words.

According to Lou Dobbs, the annual salary for full-time workers earning the federal minimum wage "still leaves a family of three about $6,000 short of the poverty threshold."

Kingston: "Do as I say, not as I do..."
Think Progress: Kingston: Americans Should 'Marry and Work Longer Hours' To Escape Poverty
Zaius Nation: Do-Nothing Congress wants to do something: Get out of more work!
CNN: Dobbs: Congress stiffs working Americans

HELP! Republicans are gonna be overworked by the mean old Democrats!
Washington Times: Congress in shock over 5-day workweek Democrats lengthen Congress work week
Phoenixville News: A time for healing (And a 40-hour work week) GOP Lawmakers Outraged Over Dems Doubling Their Work Week!
Washington Post: Do-Something Congress Families count, And a 5-day workweek doesn't?
Wonkette: Kingston For Student Council Secretary! Kingston: Let's go blogging now. Everybody's learning how. Come and ride the YouTube with me
DownWithTyranny!: Quotes of the day
Matthew Fleischer: Makes Me Wish I Owned a Violin Factory Concluding A (three v. five-day) Washington Work Week Debate The Punch Clock Campaign
Clarion Ledger: Congress: Shades of 1948 and 'do-nothing'
Ironicus Maximus: On Second Thought, Maybe This Isn't Such A Good Idea
M&C: Congress in Shock over 5-Day Workweek

Straight for the horse's ASS pie-hole
Political Punch: Congressman Jack Kingston, R-GA, responds! Veterans for Jack Kingston Surprise! The Washington Post hates my family, wants me to actually work! Dixie Chicks Back For Round Two Jack Kingston's photos
GOPUSA: Congress in shock over 5-day workweek Jack Kingston's videos Concluding A (three v. five-day) Washington Work Week Debate

Rep. Kingston: "I'll bet the Dixie Chicks don't have to work five days a week!" Dixie Chicks Back For Round Two No Fly List 'Bush's Brain' author on no-fly list
DailyKos: Daily Kos: Author of Bush's Brain Put On No-Fly list

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