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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    I can see no basis for singling out members of Congress.

    How many millions and millions are spend on traveling expenses for Obama's touring of golf courses to play golf with the super rich at exclusive country clubs no ordinary citizen can ever play on - and for his frequent vacations in Hawaii?

    People are bitching about members of Congress flying 1st class, when this is how the President travels:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e9dbngdo6b.../airforce5.jpg

    Plus another 2 jets bringing along those who dance around him praising him, shining his shoes, kissing his ass, and writing his speeches.

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    It's not the symbolism, it's the money. Politicians always force more taxes to pay for their pet projects, retirements, etc. and this is just another slap in the face.
    Projects which their constituents often want or "need" (well, unless you aren't a constituent, in which case it becomes "pork"). Frankly, from time to time the public ought to be slapped in the face and reminded that they aren't nearly as awesome as they make themselves think they are.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I can see no basis for singling out members of Congress.

    How many millions and millions are spend on traveling expenses for Obama's touring of golf courses to play golf with the super rich at exclusive country clubs no ordinary citizen can ever play on - and for his frequent vacations in Hawaii?

    People are bitching about members of Congress flying 1st class, when this is how the President travels:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e9dbngdo6b.../airforce5.jpg

    Plus another 2 jets bringing along those who dance around him praising him, shining his shoes, kissing his ass, and writing his speeches.

    There is a heightened issue of security with the president.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maenad View Post
    There is a heightened issue of security with the president.
    Yes, and zero sense of security for members of Congress.

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Projects which their constituents often want or "need" (well, unless you aren't a constituent, in which case it becomes "pork"). Frankly, from time to time the public ought to be slapped in the face and reminded that they aren't nearly as awesome as they make themselves think they are.
    Don't get me wrong, when I say pet projects all of them are included whether the congressman is voting their own project, public pork designed to sway the next election in their favor, and lobbied laws that hurt those not represented by the law or project. No matter which way you slice it, a project based on anything but public interest is wasted money which came from tax payers, it's even worse when you factor in the perks that these folks vote for themselves, the exemptions, and then having all the trappings of wealth on the backs of people who lose economic momentum paying for it with taxes.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Yes, and zero sense of security for members of Congress.
    I wouldn't be able to pick most of them out of a line up.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    I prefer we allow them to take a bus, maybe. They can ride the bus in first class.
    And, if they need to go overseas, let 'em use this!


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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    If they are using their own money, sure. If they are using the taxpayer dime, absolutely not. Fly with the "common people".


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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I can see no basis for singling out members of Congress.

    How many millions and millions are spend on traveling expenses for Obama's touring of golf courses to play golf with the super rich at exclusive country clubs no ordinary citizen can ever play on - and for his frequent vacations in Hawaii?

    People are bitching about members of Congress flying 1st class, when this is how the President travels:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e9dbngdo6b.../airforce5.jpg

    Plus another 2 jets bringing along those who dance around him praising him, shining his shoes, kissing his ass, and writing his speeches.
    It would cost the American public in all likelihood much more money for the President to fly even in coach than to simply have him fly in government owned aircraft.

    Executive One - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Some rules for the President.

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21835.pdf

    Heck, he is supposed to reimburse the government for all non-office related trips.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Yeah, if they are the ones paying for it.
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