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  •  I'm willing to give up the $5-7 Billion per month (24+ / 0-)

    that is currently hemorrhaging from the Treasury to pay for the War in Afghanistan.  

    I'm willing to severely restrict  Congressional Junkets funded by the taxpayer:

    ...members of Congress proclaim that they feel Americans’ pain and are committed to cutting back. Just not one of their favorite perks—globetrotting to far-flung locations at the expense of taxpayers and special interests.

    Lawmakers’ trips are up sharply during the first five months of 2011...

    ...It’s not uncommon for congressional committees to spend upward of $200,000 a quarter on travel. Between January and March, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee spent about $326,000 on lawmaker and staff trips, while the Senate Armed Services Committee paid out more than $210,000....

    I'm willing to give up the cost of footing the bill for Congressional Gyms.

    How's that for a start?

    •  That expensive gym..... (4+ / 0-)
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      kurious, elwior, snoopydawg, Calamity Jean

       

      "You get the feeling like they just don't get what's going on out there in the real world when they have all these perks at their fingertips," Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, told ABC News. "The gyms and the hair care and all the parking facilities that they have ... they're really living a different life than the average American."

      A "different life" that is unlikely ever to have a public price tag, as Congress has generally fought efforts at simplification and transparency.

      "If Congress thought this was on the up and up and this was perfectly legitimate, than they should be willing to open their books and show the constituents how they are spending their money," said Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan organization, Taxpayers for Common Sense.
      House representatives and senators justify the perk by saying important work gets done there.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:33:46 PM PST

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