Editor: It used to be most people didn’t get too het up about the Senate. The Senate could claim, at least, and at most, an appearance of work. And just putting in an appearance, as we all know, entails some effort by someone, so that was sufficient.
Recent revelations about Senate cronies being paid for No Real Work are quite another matter. You have to wonder what part of the Senate Handbook for Initiation and Training contains instructions to new senators on how to manage this part of their No Real Work day.
Is it Chapter A, Adulation and its Variants (sycophancy, apple polishing, toadying, etc.)? Not likely, as this would apply to the pre- and early post-appointment period. How about Chapter B, Bluff and Bluster, a prime skill well used in political circles. Nope. Probably it’s Chapter C, Cronyism, or How to Suck the Taxpayer Dry by doing No Real Work.
And let’s not ignore Chapter D, Deceptive Methods, which includes sections on Disguising, Duping and Dodging. I haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of the chapters yet, but you get the picture. It’s hard to imagine how an unworthy senator that doesn’t know where he lives could dream up the No Real Work scam.
We can only assume he studied his Senate Handbook for Initiation and Training assiduously to get up on it. Maybe, in the Senate, studying up on their ABC’s qualifies as Real Work. Or maybe he got some helpful tips from some of the many long standing denizens of the hill who are well versed in this little dodge. I’d bet on the latter. It really begs the question, how many other No Real Work scams are underway right now? Auditors, please.