Retiring U.S. senators say they will now have the time to do their job.
Eight Senators have already announced they will not seek re-election in 2012. When asked about what they are looking forward to in their last year in office they mentioned that they will now have the time to address the issues. Retiring Senators Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico say the best part of retiring is that they can now focus their time and energy on the key issues and not be diverted by the need to raise campaign funds.
It's absurd that our political system is set up that legislators can't actually do their job until they decide to retire. This isn't even about the controversies over the influence of money in American politics. This is Senators saying that they don't have time to do their real job properly because they spend so much time fundraising. This is not the sign of a working a system. Personally, I would hope that legislators could focus their time and energy on legislating their whole time in office rather than simply keeping that office. Read the article here.