Congressional Spending Hypocrisy in Action
According to the WSJ article, Congressional travel waste is a party-neutral activity, with Republicans happily joining in :
This month, for example, 11 separate congressional delegations will swing through Germany. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio is leading five other lawmakers on a trip around the world. Sen. Richard Shelby (R., Ala.) is taking a group of senators and their spouses to Europe for three weeks.
How long ago was it that these same politicians were lambasting corporate executives for their use of private jets for business travel? Or questioning executive compensation? Spare me.
There are not enough pejoratives to characterize those members of Congress who care nothing about our money except as to how it can be used to make their own lives easier. Occasionally, one of our beloved politicians actually gets caught using his office to line his own pockets. It just doesn’t happen often enough. I guess you actually have to store the corruption proceeds in your freezer to attract critical attention.
Finally, I note that the Senate is now on board with pushing $2 billion more of our money into the cash for clunkers program. Supposedly, this money is coming from “stimulus” funds. Who can really tell? Borrowed money is flying out of Washington so fast that no one can keep up with it. It doesn’t matter to me what line-item you assign to this clunker expense. I don’t want my tax dollars used to encourage my fellow citizens to incur more debt to purchase a rapidly depreciating asset.
Other than that, it’s a great Friday. Enjoy your weekend.
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