Let Them Eat Cake…

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Congress is going great guns with their “let them eat cake” program.  For those of you that are just landing on The Monster, make sure to check out the related link at the bottom, “H.R. 2918; THE Reason Congress Thinks We Are Stupid” for even more information on just how much our non-representative, lawmakers are soaking us for.

Congress’s Travel Tab Swells

Spending on Taxpayer-Funded Trips Rises Tenfold; From Italy to the Galápagos

WASHINGTON — Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows, involving everything from war-zone visits to trips to exotic spots such as the Galápagos Islands.

The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That’s a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

The cost of so-called congressional delegations, known among lawmakers as “codels,” has risen nearly 70% since 2005, when an influence-peddling scandal led to a ban on travel funded by lobbyists, according to the data.

Paris Air Show

In mid-June, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) led a group of a half-dozen senators and their spouses on a four-day trip to France for the biennial Paris Air Show. An itinerary for the event shows that lawmakers flew on the Air Force’s version of the Boeing 737, which costs $5,700 an hour to operate. They stayed at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, which advertises rooms from $460 a night.

The lawmakers were invited to a dinner party at the U.S. Embassy and had cocktails at a private party at the Eiffel Tower. Mr. Inouye attended a dinner sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, a U.S. trade group. Another senator on the trip, Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, took a cruise on the River Seine with defense-industry executives and elected officials from Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Mr. Inouye and Mr. Shelby declined to comment.

Congressional Fleet

The congressional trips are possible thanks in part to an unlimited fund created by a three-decade old law. Nearly two dozen government officials work full-time organizing the trips. Much of the costs are not made public, including the cost of flying on government jets. The Air Force maintains a fleet of 16 passenger planes for use by lawmakers.

Documents obtained by the Journal show that the cost of flying a small group of lawmakers to the Middle East is about $150,000. Larger trips on the Air Force’s version of the Boeing 757 cost about $12,000 an hour. Two federal agencies pay for most of the travel — the Defense Department and the State Department.

Then you add the $3.1 Million each and every house rep gets to run their offices, we all know why they are willing to walk on fiery broken glass to get to Washington DC.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Are You Ready To Fire Congress Yet?

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11 Responses to “Let Them Eat Cake…”
  1. Well of course we have to pay for their travel overseas, After all, they need to go outside the US in order to cure their many diseases since the FDA has banned all actual cures in this country. So when our fearless leadership gets sick, they trot off to Europe or Russia to get treatments not available to you and me. (Did you know Ronald Reagan flew to Germany on the taxpayer dime many times while in office to receive pain-free cancer treatments that are unavailable in the US?)

    Maybe we should let the lobbyists pay again. They sill vote against their constituents, and we’re much poorer this way…

  2. Our buddy Gov. Bill Richardson took a jaunt recently and met the Pope…The occasion was the repeal of the death penalty…Meanwhile, like everywhere else, we have budget problems…

  3. California Patriot says:

    I wish I was still living in blissful ignorance…

  4. no-nonsence-nancy says:

    California Patriot, sometimes I think the same thing but all of those people in bliss are going to be shocked to death when they do wake up. I have 3 grown children and their spouses who are among the blissful and turn a deaf ear to anythng I try to tell them.

  5. Robin in Texas says:

    As small business owners, my husband and I have not had a vacation much less a trip abroad for ten years.
    Yet our taxes are insane! What the hell, I’m having more cake!

  6. Kathy says:

    I am just thankful that I have some idea as to what is going on. I went through the phase of wishing I could turn back the clock and not know.

    I guess I am lucky because my family does listen and believe me. My son has become active on My Space trying to get people of his generation to listen and start looking. He however is frustrated with what people will not even consider. I told him it is a process no one wants to believe all of this and it takes time to wrap your head around it. The important thing is to keep talking to people who will at least listen to you.

    You never know when what you say will make sense, so do not be disheartened you can at least have the comfort of knowing that you are trying and while it might seem like people are not paying attention I believe some are.

    When that feeling in their gut becomes undeniable that all is not well then those on the fence will come over to the right side and listen and question.

    Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America.

    God Bless America and all those who are fighting for her.

  7. thedametruth says:

    The tumbrils roll…

  8. Practical Madman says:

    Thanks for the recognition gg- but I don’t really deserve it. The people that came up with the idea do, I just recognized a good idea and am trying to pass it along.

    We need to remember how and why this country was created on this great and hallowed holiday, and pray that it can be restored. It IS OUR country and we are responsible to maintain it. As Ben Franklin said when asked after the Continental Congress “What have you given us?”, his reply was “A republic….If you can keep it!”. The generations (through no fault of their own- only government induced ignorance) that came before us, let us down and did not “keep it”. It is our responsibility to restore it and pass it on to other generations along WITH THE KNOWLEDGE of HOW to “keep it”! Freedom is a precious RIGHT and we unfortunately must work hard EVERY DAY to “keep it” from those who would destroy and usurp it.

    But, I digress. Back on topic… let TPTB eat cake! Lets give them their just deserts! It has been far too long coming, but it is our turn to dictate to them.

    Happy and safe July 4th to all!

  9. Practical Madman says:

    PS Everyone needs to read gg’s well written article linked to above and pass it on to EVERYONE they know!

    Here it is agian for you…
    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/switch-the-paradigm-why-we-really-can-make-a-change-for-the-better/#respond

  10. Leaping Spark says:

    Our founding fathers served the people of America for free, our problems started when the greedy corrupt politicians started paying themselves. It has steam rolled since then, they vote themselves raises, and benefits practically anytime they want some regardless of the economic climate of the country. I’m not a betting man but I would be willing to bet, if you made serving the American people a voluntary job again, every one of those scumbags in DC would quit with the exception of Obama who want’s to be a third world dictator. “We the People” are the only ones that can change the rapid slide to communism and dictatorship in this country. Unfortunately according to the pols 35% to 45% of the people who are comprised of the following groups, non working, non tax paying, Socialist, Communist, militants, radicals, and Leftist, in this country want Obama’s Communistic free ride from the cradle to grave. With a voter base this large, and with ACORN in the middle it will be difficult to get all of the scumbags out of DC and they all know it. This, I believe is why they are so arrogant in their complete disregard of the opinions of 60 to 65% of the population. We as a republic are in dire straits as the majority is being ignored by our Communist dictator in his out of control run to tyranny and Communism. I believe we all know the answer as our founding fathers did 235 years ago, but do we have the courage. We have showed them we can write, but I pray that we don’t have to show them we can fight.

    Peace

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