Wednesday brought a new low to our legislator's record: the House and the Senate did not even vote on the budget proposal. What kept the vote from happening? We might blame partisan politics (as if that's not redundant) as usual. However, this time we have something far more significant to notice.
Senators did not show up.
"What?" you say: "Elected legislators failed to show up to solve a problem which, among other things, has held up the payment of unemployment checks to taxpayers?"
That's right. They just didn't show up.
I consider my vacation time precious. I consider my family time precious. I intentionally avoid sacrificing either of those for the demands of my employment. However, every job has moments when events demand the sacrifice of vacation, family, and leisure time. I daresay after four months of holding up services to New Yorkers, our legislature ought to spend every moment creating and passing a budget.
And when a proposal comes down the line, they at least to show up for the assembly. If my representative can't bother him- or herself to be present for these crucial moments, I think it's time for me to get rid of that representative.
If they don't want to show up and vote on what needs to be voted on, maybe they need new jobs--jobs for which they do want to show up.