Have you ever wished you had an unlimited slush fund that you could use for anything you wanted? I suspect everyone does now and then. Unfortunately, there is always a bill at the end of the line, and someone has to pay it. Most people must live within a budget, or we get into trouble. Why has this concept eluded Washington lawmakers? What makes them any different than the average American?
Before 2008, we didn’t pay attention to what our elected officials were spending. We just assumed they earned their salaries and were taking care of us. Since our economic troubles began, though, we have noticed the increasing extravagance of many of those who we trusted with our money.
Joe Biden’s excessive lifestyle and travel are a hot topic on the blogs right now. His bill for two nights in a five star hotel in London and Paris cost us over a million dollars. This doesn’t include the more than 321 thousand dollars he splurged on limousine service while in Paris. Biden commutes to Delaware on Air Force Two almost every weekend, costing around $$60,000 a month. On some weekends, he goes to Delaware and returns to Washington to play golf with the President on Saturday. He goes back to Delaware for the rest of the weekend, adding more to the bill. This man has no idea how to live within a budget, neither in his personal life, nor as Vice President.
Barack Obama is worse than Biden. We just learned his daughters are in the Bahamas for Spring break on the taxpayer’s dime. In 2011, the Obama family bled us for 1.4 billion dollars on lavish vacations, clothes, jewelry, dinners, and personal staff to fulfill their every whim. On top of this excess, we pay them all a handsome salary.
Wasteful spending is common in Washington. Our government recently spent $385,000 to study a duck’s penis. Why they did this research is still up in the air. The IRS spent $1,000,000 on conventions in 2011 and another $60,000 on a six minute Star Trek video spoof with no real purpose. Each year Washington shells out millions of dollars in foreign aid to China. And what about the two revelations we received last week? The National Institutes of Health paid 1.5 million dollars to find out why 3/4 of lesbians are overweight, and another 2.7 million to study why lesbians drink too much.