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Kathryn Kolbert

Kathryn Kolbert

Kathryn Kolbert, a public-interest attorney and journalist, is the Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women's leadership.

Going fishing means listening to voters

Q: With the economy slowing again, scores of nominations awaiting confirmation and major issues such a climate change and immigration unresolved, Congress has left town for its traditional 6-week August recess. Is that smart leadership? At what point should leaders upset well-established routines to signal that business-as-usual is no longer acceptable?

Congress has definitely gone fishing: fishing for votes in November. In the bigger scheme of things going fishing for votes is probably a good idea. Let them see first-hand that many of their constituents are still out of work, unable to pay their mortgages and living in foreclosure land. Let them hear from the families that have lost loved ones to the seemingly unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A trip home might remind legislators that the health care legislation they passed will actually help millions of Americans who have no ability to obtain health care services for their families and that Main Street needs as much attention as Wall Street.

Staying in DC in August will not change the gridlock that is the likely outcome of political parties more interested in cable TV headlines than lasting change. Perhaps a short visit with angry and frustrated constituents will help our leaders in Washington talk constructively about solutions. God knows, more swanky lunches at the Monocle won't get us there.

By Kathryn Kolbert

 |  August 17, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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Democrat "Drunk Sailor" Spending

- Most Democrat Politicians are multi-millionaires and / or earn over $250,000 a year, - if Government spends money wisely, why do ZERO, NONE - not one of the Democrats pay above the pre-Bush tax cuts.

- Giving money to Fat Algore Warming (Kerry, Pelosi) cuts jobs ... and people will be laughing hard at Global Warmer Druids as the "REAL" Science come out
- Kerry's lunar wife paid 14% on proceeds from an $800 Million dollar empire?

- NO Democrats pay the pre-Bush Tax cuts - how come - Obama is spending how Democrats want?

Do as we say ...

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