Rich Galen

Thus, the Fiscal Cliff.

The House and Senate should adopt rules that require a vote - even a quorum call - not later than 9 AM on Monday mornings nor prior to 5 PM on Friday evenings.

That would put them on a schedule that more-or-less matches the rest of America, as opposed a schedule that more closely matches the standard work schedule in France.

You miss the vote or quorum call at the beginning or end of the week: You don't get paid for that week. And if that's not Constitutional, pass an amendment and make it Constitutional. I guarantee the requisite number of State Legislatures will adopt it.

If you absolutely have to attend the Paris Air Show,or any other CODEL (COngressional DELegation trip), then you need to provide - on your official website - a complete list of meetings, parties, receptions, meals, and anything else you did so the total adds up to 24 hours-per day.

Same thing when you're in your home district. Attending the kid's dance recital? Great. We want it on the official record and you better have actually been there.

Just like real people have to do when they travel on the company dime.

Last excellent idea:

At midnight tonight the Leaders of the House and Senate should gather in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda for a group hug to mark not the famous dropping ball in Times Square, but having dropped the ball in Washington.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at