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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Who Paid for Sheila Jackson Lee’s Visit to Michael Jackson’s Funeral? Op Ed

As if it takes any special degree of intelligence to figure out who gets stuck with the bills for politicians' trips here and there, for this reason or that reason, still few have the nerve to speak out when legislators inject themselves into the celebrity cult worship scene on our dime, as was the case when the most obnoxious woman in congress made her little trip as an official of the US government to Michael Jackson's memorial service couple weeks ago.

Strangely it now appears she doesn't seem too eager to share that information with the public, (in other words, we, her employers), instead choosing to punt the issue down the road to when she finally has to disclose the funding next tax season. Long enough away where she hopes most will have long forgotten her awkward appearance in LA that day to deliver this message and plaque .

Here's another commentary I found today addressing this very subject ...

The most bizarre moment of the Michael Jackson memorial a few weeks ago at the Staples Center in Los Angeles had to be the rambling speech delivered by Sheila Jackson Lee, the joke of a woman who happens to represent part of Houston in the United States Congress. (At the time, Roll Call reported that Jackson Lee “has a history of making cameo appearances at funerals” and that her staff used to “cull the obituaries” to “find funerals” for her to attend.)

There she announced that she would introduce a resolution on the House floor listing every single one of Jackson’s charitable contributions and lauding him as a “world humanitarian” (his generosity to various teenage boys was presumably excluded). Fortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi recognized that even this would be too much for the American people to take and put the kibosh on Jackson Lee’s scheme.

Well, it appears that at least some of Jackson Lee’s constituents are up in arms about her trip, as well as the likelihood that she used taxpayer money to fund it. A local television station put Jackson Lee on the spot about the matter. See if you can make hash out of this:

“Who paid for that trip for you to go to that memorial service?” reporter Joel Eisenbaum asked Jackson Lee when she appeared live on the Sunday morning newscast.

“Well, uh … that umm … those resources are resources that I have and, therefore, they are in a way that does not interfere with anything that has to do with serving the United States Congress,” answered Jackson Lee.

“Understood,” Eisenbaum replied. “So, public funds?”

“Those resources are resources that I have,” said Jackson Lee.

Hard as it is to believe, this episode does not rank at the top of Jackson Lee’s absurd moments. Several years ago, she complained about the paucity of African-American names used by the National Weather Service for Hurricanes. And in 2002 the Weekly Standard revealed that Jackson Lee was using a government car to drive from her Capitol Hill apartment to her congressional office.

If she indeed did use government money to pay for her junket to the Jackson send-off, Jackson Lee will have to eventually report it. But given the tolerance of the people of Texas’s 18th Congressional District for this sort of ridiculous behavior, Jackson Lee doesn’t have a thing to worry about.


The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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