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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:14 PM
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How THEY Are Spending YOUR Money
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/08/07/republican-leade... /

Republican leaders need more luxury jets for globe trotting vacations
Peter Cohan
Aug 7th 2009 at 10:45AM

After losing an effort to block $2 billion more for one of President Barack H. Obama's successful initiatives -- the "cash for clunkers" program -- The Wall Street Journal reports that two leading Republicans are using taxpayer money to take their colleagues on vacations around the world.

Fortunately, their demands are leading Congress to buy more luxury aircraft which at least will benefit two American companies -- $350 million for Boeing (BA) and $198 million for Gulfstream International (GIA). But with 6.5 million Americans out of work, does this send the right signal?


Those two Republicans are prominent in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is leading five other lawmakers on a trip around the world; and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is taking a group of senators and their spouses to Europe for three weeks. These are just two of 11 separate taxpayer-funded August 2009 junkets for our Congress.

What is most interesting is where Congress is taking these luxury aircraft: Kuwait, Germany and Austria are the three most popular destinations. I cannot imagine why it is important for taxpayers to pay for these trips, and they do raise lots of questions, here are two:

Why can't Congress people travel on commercial aircraft and pay for that travel with their own money?
What possible constituent benefit can come from Congressional travel to these countries?
Meanwhile, the demand for new luxurious aircraft for such Congressional vacations could cost taxpayers over half a billion dollars. Between the Pentagon and the House, a budget has been allocated to acquire three Gulfstream Vs -- $66 million a pop -- and five business-class Boeing 737s -- at $70 million per aircraft. The total cost for these aircraft would be $548 million...
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:18 PM
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1. hypocrties seems like too kind a word for these bloodsucking parasites.
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:24 PM
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:28 PM
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3. Anyone who unrecs this is a fucking apologist for the theft of taxpayer money!
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:33 PM
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4. Approximately 90% of incumbents who seek reelection are
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 06:34 PM by Obamanaut
successful. 2010 is just around the corner, and we can replace a bunch of senators and representatives. But it is unlikely. And they know it, so they don't really care.

edit to add 'rec'
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 06:12 AM
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