The “do as I say, not as I do” meme that permeates today’s GOP like a fatal and infectious disease reached Olympian levels of hypocrisy with the release of some extra-maddening details to an already maddening “Cromnibus Bill.” Like one over-sized onion (only whiter), the more you peel the spending bill, the more it stinks and burns your eyes.
With Christmas upon us, it’s the season of stealing from the poor and middle class, and giving to the rich. Well, at least that’s how it goes down in Washington. But even if Congress has turned into Nascar — that is, driving the country into a wall but not having the decency to wear all the corporations they represent on their suits — one decent Congressman was able to accidentally sneak into this plutocracy. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado happens to be that decent Congressman.
While many progressives (including this site) were having a Howard Beale moment over the Wall Street giveaways in the spending bill — akin to lighting the match for an arsonist — one sinfully greedy (and horribly hypocritical) component not as talked about was illuminated by Congressman Polis. Relaying information found by the government watch dog group, “Represent US,” Congressman Polis wrote on his Facebook page that the spending bill will give the do-nothing members of Wall Street’s personal Congress $1,000 to subsidize cars each month.
So I guess that’s big government for some and hardened American capitalism for everyone else. Polis said he will “continue to drive his 2005 truck.”
Here’s the part of the Taxpayer-Work-Super-Hard-To-Fund-Wall Street-Coke-Parties spending bill to which Polis was referring, via Examiner:
“None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to make any payments from any Members’ Representational Allowance for the leasing of a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices, in an aggregate amount that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.”
As it turns out, this sneaky little program has been going on since 2005 and was used by 136 members of the 435-member House of Representatives in 2005, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Senate, however, doesn’t allow its members to lease cars with their office budgets. And it’s not like they’re all leasing Saturns either, because that’s what a government loving socialist would do.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Some members of Congress used their office budgets to lease Lexuses, Lincolns, Cadillacs, an Infiniti, even a BMW 530i, which one auto critic called “one of the world’s best sport luxury sedans.” The lease prices of some cars topped $1,000 a month.
So apparently all of those obnoxious Lexus Christmas commercials you see do have a target demographic; it’s just not you.