Instead of a hefty $550 million earlier requested for eight new and lavish private planes, Congress has retreated and is now asking for "only" $220 million for a "meager" four jets.
To us, this seems irresponsible considering the current economic crisis in America. Hard-working Americans don’t deserve the burden of excess taxes in order to fund the extravagant “necessities” of congress.
And what are some of the important political events that these jets are used for? In an 8/11 Wall Street Journal article by Brody Mullins and T.W. Farnam, the pair exposed some of the summer travel itineraries of congressmen that were fully funded by the taxpayers.
This includes Rep. Nick Rahall (D., W.Va.), who, along with about 6 other lawmakers, is headed on a ten day trip to the Northern Marinas in order to evaluate immigration laws. They are flying military planes and bringing along several congressional aides. What could they possibly learn about immigration laws from a US territory in the Pacific Islands?
Actions like this demonstrate the degree that Washington is out of touch with mainstream America. Congress should be working for their constituents, not the other way around.