Its Easy When Its Isn’t Your Money

The recent trip to Copenhagen for the summit on the hoax known as global warming cost US taxpayers about a MILLION dollars. The people who went to this event spent more per day for their rooms and food than most people sepnd a month on their mortgage.

For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That’s $2,200 a day – more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment.

CBS News asked members of Congress and staff about whether they’re mindful that it’s public tax dollars they’re spending. Many said they had never even seen the bills or the expense reports.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a key climate change player. He went to Copenhagen last year. Last week, we asked him about the $2,200-a-day bill for room and food.

“I can’t believe that,” Rep. Waxman said. “I can’t believe it, but I don’t know.” CBS News

Nancy Pelosi filed the disclosure and it had the names of everyone on it but that does not excuse Waxman or anyone else from not knowing how much this cost. They were spending OUR money for this trip and it is up to all of them to be fiscally responsible with our money. There is no excuse for not knowing how much of the taxpayer money was involved. They should know it before they ever embark on a trip and they should take decisions that involve the most judicious use of OUR money.

This is the attitude that one sees from people who are spending someone else’s money. If the money came out of their pockets they could tell you down to the shiny new Lincoln cent how much it was going to cost and how much it ended up costing. But since they are not paying the bills, they don’t really care.

They remind me of children whose parents have given them a credit card that is paid for, no matter how much is charged each month, by the parent. The kids do not learn responsibility and they spend frivolously because it is someone else’s money.

We need people in Congress who will look out for our interests and who will be good stewards of our money.

It is time to vote them all out and put fiscal watchdogs in there regardless of what party they claim as their own.

Big Dog

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5 Responses to “Its Easy When Its Isn’t Your Money”

  1. Darrel says:

    Bigd: “The recent trip to Copenhagen… cost US taxpayers about a MILLION dollars…. they should take decisions that involve the most judicious use of OUR money.”>>

    DAR
    They spent a million dollars to go and represent the US at a conference on climate change? Oh my, that’s just terrible.

    Let’s compare that to something.

    “The [Iraq] war is costing $720 million a day or $500,000 a minute,…” Link.

    So a cool million is about what Bush set us up to spend in Iraq, EVERY two minutes, 24/7, for eight years (so far).

    D.
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    “According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,” Rumsfeld admitted. CBS News

    1,000 x million = billion

    1,000 x billion = trillion

    • Big Dog says:

      Besides the fact that the expenses for war are Constitutional and Congress authorized the expenses AND has the authority to stop them at any time, you might have a point, but I doubt it.

      The amount of money spent per day was well above that which is necessary to eat and stay in a hotel room. Judicious use of our money. Then one would have to consider why so many went to Copenhagen and if they were so important why nothing was accomplished.

      They went on a taxpayer financed vacation.

      • Adam says:

        I’m sure that 1 cent in taxes this will cost you is really going to break the bank. Is it the waste or the fact that you think global warming is a hoax that makes you mad they spent the money the way they did? It’s hard to tell from you sometimes…

      • Blake says:

        And that is not accounting for the jet travel they paid for, with our money- or the limos they rented ( that had to be ferried into Copenhagen, because they did not have enough of their own to make everyone feel “important”)

  2. Big Dog says:

    1 cent here and 1 cent there and it adds up. Ask the MD governor who raised the sales tax 1 cent and saw revenues plunge. That is the problem with people who justify waste, they think it is such a small amount it does not matter. When I pay my taxes I pay a hell of a lot mor ethan 1 cent because waste adds up.

    It is because it was a waste, regardless of what it was for. I fail to see how they are authorized to spend such a huge amount of money. Soldiers on TDY have to stay in the cheapest hotels that meet per diem and they get a small food allowance that is nowhere near what they spent in Copenhagen.

    Stop the waste.

    And gobal warming is a hoax, it is being shown as such as each day passes.