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What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

If you are an American worker, you no longer get vacations, but your Congresscritters get to put behind their grueling three-day workweeks and dabble in other things. The best part is – if their choices involve foreign travel, the taxpayers will pick up the tab.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham have decided to do just that by going to Egypt. The ‘Boris and Natasha’ of Republicans Senators felt that they would explain to the Egyptians how to solve their problems. Of course this might simply be a sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure covering the nursing home years.

Meanwhile, the Likud’s man in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, has decided to annoy Russia:

(CBS News) Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with “schoolyard bully” Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on “Face the Nation,” but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month’s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg.

That may be what Bibi Netanyahu wants, Chuck, but after the embarrassment caused by going along with the US and violating the diplomatic immunity of the President of Bolivia, I don’t think ‘US allies’ are going to associate themselves in an effort to annoy the guy who supplies most of the natural gas that will heat European homes this winter.

The US is the one who has been doing all of the bullying, and we are paying the price in international relations.