Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ego and Absolute Power

Nancy Pelosi continues to think and act like she is the PRIME MINISTER of the United States. She has more money that any king of olden times. Yet, Nancy-With-The-Sparkling-Eyes wants something even better than the price of a First Class ticket for the use of a private jet... She wants FREE travel for kiddies when on Congressional Junquettes... (It takes more than a million dollars to run for Congress. They make almost $200k... a First Class Ticket costs?)

No shame? No sense of proportion? No sense of guilt?... Perhaps it is time for her to go somewhere else and annoy some other people...

The Hill reports:

The DoD braces for a fight with Pelosi
June 14, 2007
Pentagon officials are bracing for a fight with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her desire to allow lawmakers’ adult children to tag along on taxpayer-funded travel for free.

Pelosi wants them to be able to fill the role of lawmakers’ spouses when the latter are unable to make a trip because of health issues or work commitments.

It has been longstanding policy that, in the absence of a congressional spouse, the adult child of a member of Congress may accompany the member on official U.S. government travel abroad for protocol reasons and without reimbursing the U.S.
Treasury,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said. “Speaker Pelosi believes that a modern policy must reflect the professional responsibilities or health realities that might prevent a spouse from participating, and instead permit an adult child to fulfill the protocol needs of the official trip.”

Pentagon officials say the policy is that the Treasury must be reimbursed at commercial rates for children who accompany members on such trips, often called codels.

Pelosi’s office inquired about such travel on June 1, according to a Department of Defense memo obtained by The Hill.
In a June 8 memo, the head of legislative affairs for the Pentagon, Robert L. Wilkie, told Defense Secretary Robert Gates that he sees Pelosi’s question as a first step toward challenging the policy.

“We were told that the Speaker would expect that members’ children (of married and unmarried [members of Congress]) would not have to reimburse the Treasury,” Wilkie wrote. “We expect future challenges from the House leadership on this policy.”

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