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I’ve heard some ridiculous arguments regarding teacher strikes and wage increases, asserting that because teachers get time off in the summer, it’s justifiable to pay them less. To that I say, what about Congress? In 2018 Congress is expected to be in office less than half of the work year! Talk about freeloaders. Never let a politician try to tell you about the virtues of hard work. Worst yet, Republicans demonize the working poor and scoff at the idea of minimum wage increases, all while they plan their next paid vacation on the government dole.

Here’s how many days Congress will spend away from the office in 2018

It’s a lot more than your average American worker.