Rich Galen

There a many, many calendars to mark the passage of time. There are, according to Wikipedia, 48 current calendars and 22 obsolete calendars ranging from the well-known Aztec Calendar to the more obscure Xhosa calendar (unique to certain areas of Nigeria).

These 70 calendars do not include the Star Date Calendar, utilized by the United Federation of Planets; nor the U.S. Fiscal Year Calendar, utilized by a total of 536 people: The voting members of the U.S. House and Senate and the President of the United States.

Tomorrow, October 1, 2013 is the first day of the new U.S. fiscal year, thus tonight is Fiscal New Year's Eve.

Whoo. Hoo.

Can't wait to see the "Members Gone Wild" segment on TMZ television tomorrow.

You may have read, seen, or heard that the Congress and the President have lurched to the end of the fiscal year without having passed, much less signed, a single appropriations bill.

Not one.

This, in spite of the fact that, according to the Library of Congress, the House has been in session for 115 days so far this calendar year; the Senate 98 days.

That is out of a possible 272 calendar days, 39 weeks - 78 weekend days.

I know that includes Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays like Hug Day (February 13) which quite logically leads to (this is true) Children's Day nine months later (November 14 in India) but there are some people who actually work on those days. As well as Mondays and Fridays which are often travel days for Members of Congress and golf days for President Obama.

According to an article in the Washington Post this past summers, Members of Congress spend "4 - 5 hours per week raising money." Doesn't sound like a lot, but if all of your employees spend more than 10% of their 40-hour work week on self enrichment you might get a bit cranky.

Four hours per week times the aforementioned 39 weeks = 156 hours, or an entire month that they should have been doing things like passing appropriations bills - or coming up with alternatives to ObamaCare - that they weren't.

They were raising their money to stay in office so they could continue to not make decisions on how to spend our money.


Because nothing - nothing -is as important to an incumbent Member of the U.S. House or Senate (who is not planning to retire) as continuing to be an incumbent Member of the U.S. House or Senate.

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