In Illinois it's something like one secretary for every three to five members. Anyway, what kind of paper trail do you keep as a state legislator? Bills and amendments you submit become part of the public record. Your votes become part of the public record. Statements you make on the floor become part of the public record.
My father was a state legislator. At that level you don't even get your own secretary.
Before he was a state legislator, my father was a psychiatrist. He has boxes and boxes of files in storage from his days in private practice. From his days as a state legislator? Virtually nothing. No schedules, no memos, nothing. All that exists is the public records of the legislature and the local media.
The suggestion that Obama is hiding something is completely disingenuous.
1 pound black beans
½ cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon each:
1 large bay leaf
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pimento (red pepper) sliced
Soak beans overnight in 10 cups of water. Cook beans in the same water used for soaking over
low heat 1.5 - 2 hours, until tender. Get olive oil hot in a skillet and cook together the onion,
garlic, green pepper, tomato sauce, ground pepper, cumin, bay leaf until onion is soft. Add to
beans and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Add sugar, salt, vinegar, pimento, and the 1
teaspoon of olive oil. Cook slowly 25 more minutes, until it reaches thickness you like.
It can be served hot as a side dish or with steamed rice. The flavor improves with age. It's always
better the second day.
The problem is not that she isn't criticizing McCain. It's that she's sending out two conflicting messages. Her criticisms don't hold water if she's also going around saying McCain is qualified to be Commander-In-Chief and Obama is not.
Technically, on based experience alone, McCain is arguably the "most qualified" of the three to be Commander-In-Chief. But experience isn't everything.
A man who can't remember the difference between Sunni and Shia, and who falsely claims that Iran is training Al Qaeda, and who doesn't mind if we stay in Iraq for 100 more years, absolutely SHOULD NOT be the President of the United States.