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Getting Sloshed On The Taxpayer’s Dime

Posted by Casey on January 22, 2010

Politicians are well-known for wasting our money so they can live very comfortably.  While many of us are outraged over such lavish waste, libs tend to forgive the behavior (unless a Republican does it).  However, using the taxpayer’s dime to reap such rewards is one thing … taking money from our troops so you can pound shots with your buddies is another thing altogether.

When members of Congress travel overseas at the expense of the Department of Defense, they are treated to thousands of dollars worth of alcohol and other amenities. A review by The Wall Street Journal of congressional disclosure documents for 43 trips found that expenditures averaged $4,300 per trip—and that’s just what has been reported. Lawmakers are required to declare what they spend on travel but not what others like the Pentagon do on Congress’ behalf.

In March 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and nine other lawmakers traveled to England, India and Spain. Their flight included $438.75 worth of alcohol, including three cases of beer, 15 bottles of wine, three bottles of vodka, Crown Royal, Dewar’s and other liquor, plus another $750 worth of chips, cakes and other snacks—all of which were paid for by the U.S. Air Force.

A junket taken by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) to Africa in December 2008 included $3,360 in “emergency requests” paid for by the military. Some of Inhofe’s party went to a Wal-Mart and bought $130 worth of cookies, mints and other munchies for the trip. They also spent $250 at Total Wine & More.

Joel Johnson, a defense-industry analyst with the Teal Group Corporation and former staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military-funded trips help provide a “bonding” experience between lawmakers and Pentagon officials which “is helpful for the military when they are seeking particular things in appropriations or authorizations.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff

When will my congressional representatives go on a “bonding” trip with me, or any of their other constituents?

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Reid Ignores His Own History, Calls For Cooperation

Posted by Casey on November 18, 2008

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It’s not news to discover Reid is a hypocrite with no memory, but it is somewhat humorous.

clipped from www.lvrj.com

Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said Monday that he is willing to let bygones be bygones in hopes of achieving cooperation with Republicans in the new Congress that starts in January.

“I want everyone within the sound of my voice to know, we don’t know what our majority is going to be, but whatever it is … I make a commitment to everyone that the only way we can succeed is working together,” Reid said.

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Yeah … I’ll bet. Cooperation from Reid is the same as Stalin’s definition of freedom. Reid doesn’t seek cooperation at all with Republicans … he seeks servitude. Cooperation is something Reid can’t define, so allow me to help.

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<a href=”http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/C08/C0822300″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://cache.lexico.com/g/d/speaker.gif” border=”0″ /></a> /koʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃən/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [koh-op-uhrey-shuhn] Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1. an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
2. more or less active assistance from a person, organization, etc.: We sought the cooperation of various civic leaders.
3. willingness to cooperate: to indicate cooperation.
4. Economics. the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit: producers’ cooperation; consumers’ cooperation.
5. Sociology. activity shared for mutual benefit.
6. Ecology. mutually beneficial interaction among organisms living in a limited area.
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I guarantee you Reid isn’t interested in working with Republicans for a mutual benefit. He wants a Democrat benefit, and he seeks to halt any Republican benefits.

It is ironic Reid is calling for cooperation now, because he blatantly refused cooperation with Republicans on any issue since he has become Majority Leader of the Senate. Remember when he created the “war room” after talking about cooperation with Republicans in 2004?

But wait … Reid doesn’t want you to remember that.

clipped from www.lvrj.com

“For me personally this is also a time not to look back,” Reid said, referring to the past two years when Democrats controlled only a small majority, leading to gridlock on many major issues.

“There is no need to look back,” Reid said. “There are reasons for everyone doing what they did, and we can let the historians write about what took place in the past.

“I would hope we all would look forward to a coming year as one of hope and necessity to change things because we obviously have a big hole, and we have to dig our way out of it,” Reid said. “The best thing is we have a hundred people digging in the same way.”

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Told you Reid wasn’t interested in cooperation.  He just made it clear that everyone must be working in the same way.  His way no doubt.

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Most Unethical Congress Ever Got Rich While You Got Poor

Posted by Casey on October 28, 2008

For those of you with only an elementary education on the US government know that the US Congress is far more influential on the economy than the president is. That’s by design by the way.

While most of the government programs that got us into this housing mess were Democrat plans they were also run primarily by Democrats. We are now seeing just what happens when government gets too involved in a free market system, but I digress.

We were promised a lot of things by the Democrats when they took power, but we only saw them fulfill one item on their platform before their leadership went public and stated that they were throwing out their platform. Among the promises that were thrown out with the trash were that Congress was going to work harder and longer weeks, we would get more money in our pockets, and they would be the most ethical Congress in the history of the country. None of which came to fruition, and in all those examples … the opposite became true.

This current Congress has the worst approval ratings ever in the history of the United States. Most of us would think that doesn’t merit any improvement in pay. However, Congress’ wealth grew 13% last year alone, and a lot of that was a direct result of the subprime lending market.

clipped from www.mcclatchydc.com
Times are tough, but don’t worry about most members of Congress making ends meet.

Their collective wealth grew by 13 percent last year, leaving them in better shape than most Americans to make it through an economic downturn, according to a new analysis of personal financial reports.

Overall, nearly two of every three senators are millionaires. That includes presidential candidates Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. In the House, 39 percent of all members belong to the exclusive club.

Only 1 percent of all Americans are considered millionaires.

A representative republic indeed.

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