Is it time for Congress to get back to work?


Even though Congress has done a partial about face and agreed to cut its recent luxury jet order by 60 percent, from $550 million to $220 million, many Americans believe Congressional benefits are too lavish.

Case in point: Congress' paid vacation time. Currently it's about eight weeks, with Congress in recess for almost the entire month of August. Washington, D.C. approximates Paris in August: there's nobody around.

The typical American's paid vacation time? About two weeks -- the lowest in the world among advanced, industrial democracies.