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Rubio, Cruz, and Graham should show up for work or resign

All natural-born citizens of the United States, having reached the age of 35, are eligible to run for President.

Likewise, being a sitting Governor, Senator, or Representative should not preclude anybody from seeking the presidency.

With that said, those who are elected to represent their constituents in Congress should continue to be active members of the legislative process.

One of the primary grievances during the Revolutionary War was “No taxation without representation.”

Last time I checked, we are still being taxed (at a much higher level than in 1750 I should note). We are also being regulated, inflated, penalized, and otherwise ruled and coerced into submission by the federal government.

The people deserve to be represented more now than ever before. Especially when they are paying people $174,000 a year plus benefits to do so.

Two of the sitting Senators running for President have been able to responsibly balance their duties and ambitions.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] has missed just 6 votes this year. Senator Bernie Sanders, whom I strongly dislike, has nonetheless only missed 9 votes.

Contrast their participation rates with that of [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ]. He has missed 87 votes this year. And Senators [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] have missed 62 votes and 69 votes, respectively.

I like Cruz. I don’t really like Rubio. I despise Graham. But my personal opinions of them do not matter. What matters in this case is that they do the job they were elected to do. The job that they are being payed for.

If they aren’t willing to show up for work, they should resign so that they can fully commit to campaigning and fundraising.