After weeks of criticism for its appropriation of almost $200 million to buy new luxury jets for members to fly around the world on thinly disguised vacations, Congress has finally reacted to the objections of this blog and others: it has more than doubled the amount to $550 million to buy eight jets.
The level of hubris and contempt shown in such legislation is breathtaking. For years, public interest groups have criticized these wasteful junkets. Yet, at a time of terrible economic crisis and unemployment, the Democrats feel so secure from any threat of defeat that they are willing to spend over half a billion dollars on these jets. This comes at a time when cities and states are selling parks and even government building to raise a few million dollars, here.
As with civil liberties, corruption is not an issue that members believe motivate voters at the polls. Voters are so convinced that they must blindly support their party that members are wholly unconcerned about spending over half a billion dollars on their own luxury travel desires.
Every week, I hear of friends and associates put out of work but these members are hard at work spending hundreds of millions of dollars to escape the disaster that they helped create.
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