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Friday, July 3, 2009

Congress's Travel 50% Jump Since Crooked Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

This travel report and the numbers it presents speak loud and clear for themselves, quite simply our congressional leaders are using our tax dollars to fund extravagent travel all around the world at a time when the people are being forced into food lines and other unheard of sacrifices in the modern era, all due to democrats causing a nationwide housing meltdown that in turn caused a worldwide banking meltdown.

So instead of these people facing prison time for their actions, they're collectively traveling around the world on bullshit junkets that have nothing to do with what they were elected to do. Tell me why a congressman from a town in Illinois with 5000 people finds it necessary to go to Afghanistan for a 20 minute meeting while stopping in Italy and Paris on the way and then writing it off to the taxpayers to the tune of $22,000.

That's like wide open in your face grand theft

This kind of wasteful entitlement spending for these people has become so commonplace, no one bats an eye at it anymore, and to make matters worse, this spending has doubled over the past two years as democrats came to town touting this mantra, remember this BULLSHIT?

This picture and scam is so laughable today, it almost seems like it was all taken from a very bad Saturday night live skit....Honest Leadership, Open Government, What a Pile Of Donkey Dung..

Freakin crooks.
Congress's Travel Tab Swells - WSJ.com: "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 Gal√°pagos 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."

Lawmakers say that the trips are a good use of government funds because they allow members of Congress and their staff members to learn more about the world, inspect U.S. assets abroad and forge better working relationships with each other. The travel, for example, includes official visits to American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Journal analysis, based on information published in the Congressional Record, also shows that taxpayer-funded travel is a big and growing perk for lawmakers and their families. Some members of Congress have complained in recent months about chief executives of bailed-out banks, insurance companies and car makers who sponsored corporate trips to resorts or used corporate jets for their own travel.

Although complete travel records aren't yet available for 2009, it appears that such costs continue to rise. The Journal analysis shows that the government has picked up the tab for travel to destinations such as Jamaica, the Virgin Islands and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Lawmakers frequently bring along spouses on congressional trips. If they take commercial flights, they have to buy tickets for spouses. If they fly on government planes -- as they usually do -- their spouses can fly free.

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 more here

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