Wall Street Journal reports on Congressional travel expenses at tax payers expense (see portions of article below) as Rasmussen reports that 59% of Americans say that the average tax payer funded government worker earns more then the average tax payer does. Why does Big Media ignore the extravagance of government at tax payers expense? At least CEO's do it at their own expense. This is somewhat of a double standard as congress condemns CEO's where is the condemnation of government's use of tax payers money for this. At least CEO's and investors are being paid for actually creating jobs rather than destroying them.
Also, see 237 millionaires in congress and apparently they are not all Republicans as 4 of top 5 are Democrats and the top 2 are from the liberal state of California with no Texans in top 5 and As the tax paying private sector jobs are being lost the tax payer funded federal employees 6 figure incomes explode during recession and ABC reports that tax payers will continue to fund not only private jets but now private airports at stimulus package expense and Congress condemns CEO on private jets but now approves millions for making their own reports ABC News
In a recent Wall Street Journal online article titled Congress Travels More, Public Pays - "Besides rooms for sleeping, the 12 members of the House of Representatives rented their hotel's fireplace-equipped presidential suite and two adjacent rooms. The hotel cleared out the beds and in their place set up a bar, a snack room and office space. The three extra rooms -- stocked with liquor, Coors beer, chips and salsa, sandwiches, Mrs. Fields cookies and York Peppermint Patties -- cost a total of about $1,500 a night. They were rented for five nights.
While in Scotland, the House members toured historic buildings. Some shopped for Scotch whisky and visited the hotel spa. They capped the trip with a dinner at one of the region's finest restaurants, paid for by the legislators, who got $118 daily stipends for meals and incidentals.
The tour provides a glimpse of the mixture of business and pleasure involved in legislators' overseas trips, which are growing in number and mostly financed by the taxpayer. Lawmakers travel with military liaisons who carry luggage, help them through customs, escort them on sightseeing trips and stock their hotel rooms with food and liquor. Typically, spouses come along, flying free on jets operated by the Air Force. Legislative aides come too. On the ground, all travel in chauffeured vehicles....The cost they reported for such travel abroad was $13 million in 2008, a 70% jump from 2005, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records. Lawmakers don't have to report the cost of domestic travel when the government pays. The $13 million didn't include the expense of flying on Air Force planes, which lawmakers don't have to disclose....
In September, five senators went to England for four days to attend a conference with British lawmakers. The senators and four of their wives stayed at the Danesfield House Hotel & Spa overlooking the River Thames, in $340-a-night rooms, according to an itinerary and the office of the group leader, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
One evening, they took a riverboat cruise on the Thames, paid for by their British hosts. Another day, they had a private tour of Windsor Castle, said David Carle, a spokesman for Mr. Leahy.
While the senators attended the conference, their wives shopped and toured Cliveden Manor, a home once owned by the Astor family. There they had a traditional English cream tea that cost $40 a person. The tea was paid for by the British government, according to Mr. Carle...."-etc etc etc and it goes on. Click link above for more.
And as Reagan once said something to the effect that "Government is not the solution to our problems...government is the problem"
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