Friday, February 06, 2009

Hypocrisy R Us.

The economy is in shambles, unemployment is climbing, Obama & the dems chide company CEOs to tighten their belts and sell their planes and quit taking junkets, dogs are sleeping with cats!

So what do the oh-so sensitive democrats do?

Why, they take a luxury vacation, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, of course!

Hypocrisy runs amok in Washington... we all know that. But the Democrats have now taken it to a new level. While they send down fire and brimstone against "evil" corporate executives for living the good life, they will soak the American taxpayers for a luxury retreat in Virginia that they are attending this weekend.

As the Associated Press notes in a story on GOPUSA, "Members of Congress were quick to shame corporate executives for over-the-top extravagance during the economic crisis, flying private jets and taking luxury junkets. But some lawmakers are strolling fancy resorts spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars."

This weekend, Democrat House members are meeting at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, VA.

Having stayed at the Kingsmill resort last summer (at my own expense), I can say that the setting and amenities are definitely top notch. However, it's one thing for an individual or family to pay their own way, and it's quite another for the taxpayers to pick up the tab!

"Democrats spend taxpayer money on their retreat but do not permit lobbyists to accompany them. The public pays for a charter train from Washington to Williamsburg for many of the 200 members who attend, as well as conference rooms, security and catering."

Note that last month the Republicans attended a similar retreat, but NO taxpayer money was used.

"Lawmakers pay for their own transportation and room costs, roughly $190 per night, including food, according to one Republican who attended but spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the trip were not made public.

This "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality is not only standard fare when it comes to limousine liberal democrats, it has now practically become a prerequisite for inclusion in their elitist club. How anyone can take anything they say seriously is beyond my ability to comprehend.

Then again, I'm not a liberal.