GOP Congressman chooses golf over doing his job

Just in case you ever had doubts as to which party is more committed to working to solve America's problems, along comes word from Indianapolis that one Republican congressman isn't exactly earning the $165,200 per year salary:

U.S. Rep. Dan Burton this morning apologized for missing 19 votes to play in a golf tournament in January.


Burton missed votes to reduce college costs and cut oil industry tax breaks so he could play in the Palm Springs, Calif. golf tournament in January.

Burton also missed hearings on Iraq and North Korea to play in the event, which pairs top golfers with politicians and celebrities such as actor and director Clint Eastwood.

A review of House votes for the past decade shows the Indianapolis Republican has been absent every year votes coincided with the tournament: 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2001. This year in January, he missed a total of 20 out of 73 votes.

Funny how Republicans complain about waste in government. Do you think the people of Burton's district feel the $165,200 Burton gets per year is money well spent?

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