Like most working Americans, I'll probably be working right up through Christmas Eve. And, like most, I'll be expected back at work on the following Monday.
Any time I take off aside from the days designated for Christmas and New Year's, I'll be expected to use my designated days off like any other vacation time.
I suspect that's also the way it will be for most Americans working this holiday season, which is why not only do Republican complaints about working around the holidays ring hollow — they actually show a disrespect for the average Americans who put them in office.
GOP Sens. Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint each have attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for suggesting that the Senate might keep working up until the new Congress begins in January.
Kyl went so far as to say that in doing so, Reid is disrespecting Christians.
If that's true, then so is every other business that keeps its doors open through this season — and such a suggestion is absurd!
Republicans like to tell people government should run more like a business. It seems that's only true when the rules don't apply to them.
This year, rather than play the part of Scrooge or the Grinch, Republicans like Kyl and DeMint sound more like the petulant, spoiled children who throw a tantrum when some extravagant gift they hoped for didn't make it under the tree because doing so just wasn't realistic.
Their sense of faux indignation is so insulting that it offended even fellow Republican-turned-TV-host Joe Scarborough, who took the senators to task last week on the air.
“To be sanctimonious and to use that is just — it is offensive, and the Republican Party has the upper hand in so many ways, in these areas they need to just shut their mouths, they're embarrassing themselves,” the former GOP congressman from Florida says.