The list of jobs that require employees to work on holidays is almost endless. Police, firefighters, medical personnel, utility workers, restaurant workers are just a few from the vast array. Add to that the folks who work during emergencies, no matter what the day, no matter what the conditions. They work to preserve our infrastructure; they work to keep us safe.
Disasters come in all descriptions. Going over the fiscal cliff would be a disaster that would affect both infrastructure and human health and safety. Given that, is it too much to ask of our elected representatives to work through a holiday to avert such a disaster? We have tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them were on patrol on Christmas day, while their families were thousands of miles away. The draconian measures that will be imposed on our citizenry if Congress does not reach an agreement on legislation will affect them as much as, if not more than, the rest of us. But Congress went home for the holidays.
If these politicians do not respond to the will of the people, there is only one thing left to do come the next election and that is to clean house in Congress - throw the bums out!
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