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It reads like a dream order for a wild frat party: Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer.

But that single receipt makes up just part of the more than $101,000 taxpayers paid for "in-flight services" – including food and liquor, for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trips on Air Force jets over the last two years. That's almost $1,000 per week.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, show Pelosi incurred expenses of some $2.1 million for her use of Air Force jets for travel over that time.

"Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said today. "And these documents suggest the Speaker's congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else."
 

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Excessive spending and growing debt prompted President Obama to ask Americans to live within their means, and last month as he signed a bill that makes it tougher for credit-card issuers to raise fees and interest rates.
I guess she didn't listen...oh wait that wasn't HER money!
 

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I don't know how they get away with it...down at the lowly regular worker level, we cannot even buy bottled water or any type of food/drink, even for legitimate business meetings. It's definitely not purchased via government purchase card because that is flat out illegal.
 

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I don't know how they get away with it...down at the lowly regular worker level, we cannot even buy bottled water or any type of food/drink, even for legitimate business meetings. It's definitely not purchased via government purchase card because that is flat out illegal.
I was wondering the same thing.

It appears Pelosi seems to think she is more entitled than others.
 

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What a ***** - we spent $101,000 on her meals and drinks, what a total *****. Oh wait, did you look at the information detailing the $101,000? It wasn't just for her - it was for other members of Congress - both sides of the aisle, members of the military etc. Oh, and the average price per meal? $9.15. And where was the food coming from? The receipts are there - Costco, Sam's etc.
 

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I didn't know Costco's sold Dewars. Does it come in a 55-gal industrial drum?
 

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What a ***** - we spent $101,000 on her meals and drinks, what a total *****. Oh wait, did you look at the information detailing the $101,000? It wasn't just for her - it was for other members of Congress - both sides of the aisle, members of the military etc. Oh, and the average price per meal? $9.15. And where was the food coming from? The receipts are there - Costco, Sam's etc.
But even at only $9.15 a meal--why don't they pay for their own freaking meals? I think it's still abusive to purchase these items and claim they are a legitimate travel expense. Did she pay anything above and beyond that cost?
 

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Not all Costcos sell liquor--it varies by state law. Ours have wine and beer but no liquor.
 

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What a ***** - we spent $101,000 on her meals and drinks, what a total *****. Oh wait, did you look at the information detailing the $101,000? It wasn't just for her - it was for other members of Congress - both sides of the aisle, members of the military etc. Oh, and the average price per meal? $9.15. And where was the food coming from? The receipts are there - Costco, Sam's etc.
So I take it you think it is acceptable for taxpayers money to be used for Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka? Not exactly inexpensive drinks are they?

...And I assume you are also happy with the carbon footprint these plane flights are leaving behind?
 

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But even at only $9.15 a meal--why don't they pay for their own freaking meals? I think it's still abusive to purchase these items and claim they are a legitimate travel expense. Did she pay anything above and beyond that cost?
I think most businesses pay for meals when you are traveling on business. And I think government employees of all levels who travel on business get either reimbursement or a per diem. You can argue about whether or not the trips were necessary and who needed to go, but I personally don't find $50,000 out of line regardless of what part holds the office. Do you expect people representing our country to sit in Washington and not travel. Part of their job is promoting our country around the world, just like the executives at Home Depot or Apple. A huge part of their job is travel, marketing and PR.
 

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Local Police Escorts for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cost Hawaii County more than $21,000
Hawaii Reporter ^ | January 6, 2010 | Malia Ziimmerman

Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:53:31 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vacationed on the Big Island of Hawaii this holiday season, spending according to West Hawaii Today $10,000 or more a night for the Presidential Suite at the Hualalai resort.

While her private stay likely boosted Hawaii's tourism revenues, Pelosi was escorted by local police officers, and that expense was charged to local taxpayers.

According to a letter from the Hawaii County Police Department sent in response to an inquiry from Hawaii Reporter, Pelosi's visit cost Hawaii county taxpayers more than $21,000.

The county of Hawaii would not release the number of police officers escorting Pelosi, how many hours they dedicated to Pelosi's security detail, or whether they were being pulled from other duties, referring those questions to Brendan Daly of the U.S. Capitol Police. However, Daly did not provide any information to Hawaii Reporter, except to say Pelosi's detail is required.

Pelosi' office also refused to answer information regarding her trip to Hawaii: "For security reasons, I cannot disclose information regarding her travel dates and any security arrangements mandated by the House Sergeant at Arms," says Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill. Pelosi's visits comes at a time when the county mayor and his department heads are looking for ways to cut back on expenses because of shrinking tax revenues and the proposed plan by Gov. Linda Lingle to take all four counties' share of the visitor tax to balance the state budget.

The county police department says it will not seek federal reimbursement for this expense.
Nice :pop2:
 

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So I take it you think it is acceptable for taxpayers money to be used for Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka? Not exactly inexpensive drinks are they?

...And I assume you are also happy with the carbon footprint these plane flights are leaving behind?
Yes, and they are not exactly expensive drinks either. Maybe from now on [no matter who is in office] if the president of another country comes to visit we should tell them bring your own meals and drinks.

In the era of $1000 toilet seats I would think people would be thrilled if a congressional business trip resulted in only $9.15 average meal price. How much is a happy meal?

As far as the carbon footprint - that has all been debunked in the last few weeks now that we know [per your posts] that the climate change people made most of it up to further their own careers.
 

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Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer.
Well that explains her jumping up and down behind Obama when he's speaking. She's drunk.
 

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So? It costs local governments money when the president shows up, when the local sports team plays a home game. What is your point? McCain took a vacation last year - that cost some local government money.
 

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There really is no excuse for people that make as much as members of Congress to not be able to pay for their own meals and at least pay a fee (even if it doesn't cover 100% of the airfare) for using military planes. It just seems unpalatable to juxtapose the president calling for us to make sacrifices to get the budget in balance (which he's correct) and a first term representative or senator making $174,000 and getting free meals, booze, and travel.
 

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There really is no excuse for people that make as much as members of Congress to not be able to pay for their own meals and at least pay a fee (even if it doesn't cover 100% of the airfare) for using military planes. It just seems unpalatable to juxtapose the president calling for us to make sacrifices to get the budget in balance (which he's correct) and a first term representative or senator making $174,000 and getting free meals, booze, and travel.
You are a lawyer right? Let's say you are working at a big firm making the $100k+ that first year attorneys make. The firm wants you to travel to Montana to take a deposition. Do you volunteer to cover part of the costs?
 

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So? It costs local governments money when the president shows up, when the local sports team plays a home game. What is your point? McCain took a vacation last year - that cost some local government money.
$21,000.00 to help the drunk get from place to place, she isn't the president or vice president.
 

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It just seems unpalatable to juxtapose the president
Wait, wha'? :suspicious:
 
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