Wonder what you would find if you frisked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of Congress’s wasteful spending of taxpayer money?
Answer: $2,993 on flowers and more…
Bravo Ms. Pelosi! If there’s one thing government knows how to do, it’s wasting our hard earned money on useless things. My case and point:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October. […]
These expenditures – culled from thousands of line items released Monday by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House – are just a fraction of the $300 million spent last quarter by House offices. But while the bulk of congressional office spending goes to salaries and routine office expenses, some of the line items offer a window into the personalities and priorities of each congressional office.
Pelosi, who has come under fire in the past for spending on flowers, also spent roughly $30,610 in food and beverage and about $2,740 on bottled water, contributing to the nearly $120,531 total from all congressional leadership accounts. Her offices defended the charges, saying the Speaker’s office holds more ceremonial events with visiting dignitaries than other congressional offices. They also use a local florist, and about a third of her flower expenses this quarter were for Jack Kemp’s funeral.
Lawmakers appear to have great flexibility on what qualifies as an office expense. Money is spent on everything from security services for district offices to thousands in mileage reimbursements for individuals’ cars. Taxpayers foot the bill for leasing cars for members, including cars for Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas).
Hmm… Lawmakers keep telling us we’re in a recession, while they themselves don’t act like it. A majority of Americans are tightening their belts while our politicians in Washington are spending money like there’s an infinite amount. Oh wait… That’s because we don’t have any money left and we’re using ‘imaginary’ money. It’s simple: Government spends while it makes its own rules. Therefore, government is inefficient and should never be competing or taking over the private sector. (Cough*Health-Care*Cough)
Side-Note: Remember folks! The next time you take a tour of Washington D.C. and come across Nancy Pelosi’s office, take a flower. After all, you helped pay for them.