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Since I live by the airport and commute in to Redmond every day I get to experience some of the nation's worst traffic. If I travel on the shortest route possible my trip is 1 hour each way. Fortunately I found a couple of carpool buddies on the Rideshare Web site. They have showed me some longer, but quite a bit faster routes so my commutes are down to somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes on most days. One day recently, a Republican Congressman decided to have GW come to town for a bit of fund raising. The Senator wanted to keep the visit a bit low key since GW is not the most popular person right now. He could have had the dinner at a hotel near the airport - maybe even right across the street from the airport, but no. Not fancy enough of an address, I guess. He decided to have it in Bellevue. Better yet, the dinner would wrap up right during rush hour and the Secret Service would close 1 of only 2 of our major North/South freeways. Apparently the prez can't hang out for an extra couple of hours to cut his constituents a break. My neighbor suggested that the Congressman could have raised more money by just asking all of the commuters to chip in $20 to keep GW at home. My drive home that night was an hour and a half. I had left early because it was a scout meeting night, but ended up just rolling in to the daycare as they were closing. We ran home to change, a quick run through Micky D's drive-thru, and we were off to Scouts - arriving late along with several other scout leaders who had also been stuck in traffic. Someone needs to have the power to say no. When a Congressman says that he wants to shut down a freeway during rush hour someone needs to be able to say, "No. Have your fund raiser at the airport. I won't shut the city down so you can eat in Bellevue." 

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