Wasted time in Washington

The Cullman (Ala.) Times Published:

While the United States teeters on the financial cliff, more attention is being given to the lurid extramarital affairs of military and government leaders than the more pressing problems facing the nation.

Sure, there is concern that David Petraeus, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, may have dropped a few secrets during his affair with the woman who penned his biography. There's also the case of Gen. John Allen, who some officials accuse of sending suggestive emails to a Florida woman.

The American obsession with pitiful personal details is becoming absurd. Vast amounts of time are wasted in Washington and by the media on learning the details of personal failures of high-profile characters.

Congressional leaders have enjoyed plenty of recreation with the presidential election and all the trimmings that go with a year of campaigning. It's time now to turn away from the trappings of sensational stories and focus on the future of the country.

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  • Every minute any politician spends in DC is a total waste of taxpayer money. They are so corrupt they will never do their Constitutional duty.