President Trump will not be taking a vacation in April because there is too much work to do. However, the under-worked and underachieving House of Representatives begins a more than two week Easter vacation on April 6th. Some Members have only been on the job 41 work days.
This is the House Work Schedule. Does this look like your work schedule? Politicians will lie, cheat and steal to keep their cushy jobs. The kingly work schedule is just one of the reasons Congressmen cling to their well protected offices and parking spaces. Yes, parking spaces in the Swamp are coveted like gold. The parking meters take credit cards and a permit is required to park in front of your own home. You can even pay for parking using your mobile phone for an extra slight charge of 32 cents. Most parking meters only charge $2.30 per hour. None of that should make much difference to you because the spaces are usually full. If you’re not a bureaucrat of politician, you better take the subway.
For a mere nine bucks an hour you might want to opt for a Parking Garage.
There are reserved parking spaces for Congressmen from the Potomac River to the Maryland Correctional Institution. That includes spaces at the door of Reagan International Airport.
I’m not a big fan of the Swamp where you can see men and women urinating on the sidewalks outside of the tourist areas. I have never been on the Beltway when traffic was not completely stopped.
Maybe that’s why politicians spend so little time in the Swamp. They can vote or not vote and collect their largesse from the legions of Lobbyists and quickly get out of Dodge.
The perquisites are too numerous to be listed in an Encyclopedia. They can hire huge staffs and pay them whatever they desire. Their big job is to vote on legislation but they can skip that task at will. If they excel at skipping votes, they might become President like Barack Hussein Obama who comes in forth among Senators running for President.
Taxing and spending while surrendering our sovereignty can easily be accomplished on a leisurely schedule while eating three meals a day at Lobbyist funded breakfasts, luncheons and dinners.
This leaves time for junkets. One such junket involved 10 Congressmen and their families and staffs to Azerbaijan to attend a conference in Baku. The conference was titled “U.S.-Azerbaijan Convention: Vision for the Future,”
The Office of Congressional Ethics investigated the event, and in its report described how the state owned oil company, SOCAR, allegedly channeled $750,000 into two Houston-based nonprofits to cover the lawmakers’ expenses. Money provided by SOCAR also covered flights and accommodations for their staff and family members, as well as valuable gifts of rugs, scarves, and tea sets.
Much of what was written about these revelations focused on the members of Congress, their failure in nearly every case to report the gifts, and their blind acceptance of the nonprofits’ false claims to be the sponsors of the trip. The lawmakers denied any knowledge that Azerbaijani state funds were behind the event, saying they had attended only after receiving clearance from the House Ethics Committee. The Office of Congressional Ethics concluded in its report that “a person’s ignorance of the true source of travel expenses is not an absolute shield from liability for receipt of travel expenses from an improper source.”
However, this narrow focus on the rules surrounding congressional junkets ignores the larger story of whether U.S. officials should be uncritically visiting and strengthening American ties with an authoritarian state. In other words, the problem is not simply that the trip was paid for by a foreign government, but that the conference itself was meant to celebrate U.S. relations with a regime involved in mass political repression, human rights abuses, and systemic corruption.
Congressmen also love to fly in military aircraft. During my 34 years in the Air Force, I was a global qualified aircraft commander on the C-141 Starlifter before I flew four different types of supersonic jet fighters as an Instructor Pilot. I flew all four of the types of supersonic jets flown by the USAF Thunderbirds. I can’t tell you how many times I strapped politicians in the back seat of jet fighters for orientation flights. There is so much fun to go around, even Congressional Staffers take part in orientation flights. Why work for the American People when you can be lavishly entertained with their hard earned tax dollars?
What would Delegates to the First Continental Congress think about the current Travel Club Congress? I don’t think George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Robert Paine, or John Jay would like it one little bit!
Am I the only person disgusted with Congress and the Speaker acting like kids in a Candy Store?
Don’t think junkets are restricted to United States politicians. Do you have any idea where your State Legislators and Governors have visited on your dime?
As long as the American People blindly ignore what the Swamp dwellers are doing, we deserve what we get!
I will not be voting for my Congressman next year.