Monday, March 25, 2013
Filet Mignon; On The Taxpayer's Tab
This is Monday morning...and Monday mornings have never been one of my favorite days. But I am especially saddened this morning. I am depressed beyond reason upon reading of the hardships our leaders in Washington are enduring as a result of that 2% Sequestration cut in their staff budgets.
Just last week Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz was lamenting that her staff may not be getting the nutrition they need after seeing her staff budget cut by 2%. While most of us might not think such as tiny percentage cut would have any effect, apparently it is tragic. Staff members have been forced to fore go Filet Mignon for lunch and settle for Porterhouse or T-Bone. So sad.
Then the next day we learned that Vice President Joe Biden had to scrape by on $585,000 dollars for one night for his hotel in Paris! No doubt Joe was forced into not using the mini-bar!
Just as I'm trying to get over all of this tragic news, ABC issues a report this morning about taxpayer paid coffee and water for Congress. It seems Speaker of The House John Boehner spent $2,200 for coffee for his staff in November. That equates to over $25,000 a year for Starbucks...for one Congressman's staff. I don't even want to know what the lunch and dinner tabs come to. Apparently, according to Gannett Investigations, Congress spends hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars at Starbucks, P.F. Changs, Taylor Gourmet and Dunkin Donuts every month of the year....and keep in mind, they only stay in town three days a week!
ABC also reported that Congress spends over $500,000 a year on bottled water, despite having all those grand marbled water fountains all over Capitol Hill.
Alas, now we learn that Sequestration has forced our fearless leaders to shave 2% of the catering tab. I understand leaders of both houses are getting ready to appoint a special commission to study the problem and how best to achieve that 2% cut while inflicting the least pain in doing it.