The cost of babysitting the RNC

April 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. Depression refugees from Iowa. Left Iowa in 1932 because of father's ill health. Father an auto mechanic laborer, painter by trade, tubercular. Family has been on relief in Arizona but refused entry on relief roles in Iowa to which state they wish to return. Nine children including a sick four-month-old baby. No money at all. About to sell their belongings and trailer for money to buy food. "We don't want to go where we'll be a nuisance to anybody." 1936 August. Dorothea Lange, photographer. (Library of Congress)

For a political party that seems to have significant concerns about spending of taxpayer money, the GOP sure have a funny way of demonstrating it.

Four hundred and thirty-six members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators are each paid a base salary of $174,000 (don’t let’s even discuss their health care benefits). Additionally taxpayers pay staff salaries for each House member and senator well in excess of $500,000. It costs taxpayers well over two million dollars per day that Congress is in session.

Where is the outrage by Republicans at the astonishing waste of taxpayer money to have Congress spend yet more time writing and passing legislation because the Republican Party is unable to stop itself from deliberating misleading American voters?

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