Well not all "Executive Trips" are being stifled

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  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aRQWnoXi_6Zk&refer=worldwide


    Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who heads the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, sponsored the amendment to the $787 billion stimulus package that requires companies receiving funds from the Troubled Assets Recovery Plan to curb “excessive or luxury expenditures,” including spending on events and private jets.

    Over the weekend of Feb. 27, two weeks after the Senate passed the measure, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party fundraising arms for Senate candidates, each held their annual winter meetings in Florida.

    Naples Fundraiser

    About a dozen Democrats, including Dodd, 64, gathered at the Marriott-operated Ritz-Carlton resort in Naples, Florida. Donors who gave at least $15,000 were invited and offered a “coastal view” room at the group rate of $469, according to the Democrats’ invitation.



    Seems that if your a member of Congress then expensive trips are the norm and all so acceptable. Its not like we built them a city to have meetings in. I guess it comes down to the fact that these self assumed aristocrats want the rest of the country to live by one set of rules why they, royalty, do as they please. After all we are supposed to be happy they have taken on the burden we are too lazy or dumb to do.

    When will people get a clue. It isn't Wall Street that is the only big problem, the biggest of them all is Washington DC and it's culture. It is more corrupt and does more of what is illegal than any Wall Streeter could imagine, well except for Madoff.

    I know the bonuses irked people, but for politicians to pontificate about wastes of taxpayer money seems disingenuous at best
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Um, isnt this an annual meeting where they get business done as well?

    Are you gonna complain the white house holds dinners as well?
     
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Isn't this party politics, and thus, completely unrelated to public spending?
     
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    The difference is you can toss these bums out.

    Not so with the guys getting bail-out money.
     
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    This.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I do think it looks bad, since such a meeting could easily be done elsewhere with conference rates of... $100 or 130 a night. But I was confused by the article... so first of all, these junkets were not paid for by the government. But second of all, did the parties even pay for their guests? The article makes it sound like the guests paid their own way.
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Looks like guests pay their own rate.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So then the issues are really the Senators' own travel expenses and the fact that they're off fracking about with donors instead of FIXING THE ECONOMY. ;)
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    In other words, a complete and total non-issue if theres ever been one.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Meh, it's not even partisan, as both major parties did it. I would happily settle for having them come on some television show and be publicly excoriated House Hearings style.
     
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Exactly, its not partisan by any means, this is just standard party planning. Same goes for all those dinners both parties always throw.

    It doesnt effect us at all, hence, non issue.
     

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