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Demanding more perks on the Taxpayer’s dime
Posted by: mcq on Friday, June 15, 2007

Would someone tell Speaker Pelosi that the taxpayer isn't here to pay for junkets for kids?
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.
A) an "adult child" (is that an oxymoron or what?) can never fulfill the role of a spouse "for protocol reasons". They're still a son or a daughter, not a husband or wife.

B) they can already go along, they simply have to pay the going rate for a commercial ticket. Seems eminently fair to them since the taxpayer is already on the hook for the difference, which I'm sure, is quite substantial.

While the Republicans are noted for their stupidity at times, the timing of this little beauty by Pelosi is simply amazing. When Congressional approval is at an all time low, and when her most "open and honest" Congress is in tatters (especially after watching the spectacle of Republicans dragging Democrats kicking and screaming into earmark reform) she choses this little battle to fight.
 
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C’mon, McQ, it’s for the children.
 
Written By: steverino
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an "adult child" (is that an oxymoron or what?) can never fulfill the role of a spouse "for protocol reasons". They’re still a son or a daughter, not a husband or wife.
Well, not unless you’re in the deep south...

*wanders away, humming ’I Am My Own Grandpa
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I would have to disagree with point A. After all Martin Van Buren’s daughter-in-law was First Lady during his term, filling in the "protocol" responsibilities. As for the "oxymoron," do your kids quite being your kids when they become adults?

Of course it is still a blatant attempt to suck more from the government teat by the "clean up Washington" crowd.
 
Written By: ChipVA
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I would have to disagree with point A. After all Martin Van Buren’s daughter-in-law was First Lady during his term, filling in the "protocol" responsibilities
Meh. If you gotta go all the way to Martin Van Buren to make a point, why bother!
 
Written By: shark
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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM AN OVERLY PRIVELEDGED CRYPTO-STALINIST OLD BAG?
 
Written By: d
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D... Dude...

Cut back on the coffee, or at least switch to decaf...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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When your enemies are self-destructing, go out for a few brews and leave them alone.
 
Written By: Paul
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YOUR RIGHT, SCOTT
BUT IT WONT BE DECAF..THANKS
 
Written By: d
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"Pelosi wants them to be able to fill the role of lawmakers’ spouses"

I know she is from San Francisco, but this is really too much. Aren’t there laws against this sort of thing, even in California? Perhaps that is why they want to go out of the country.

"permit an adult child to fulfill the protocol needs of the official trip."

Just what sort of protocol needs is she talking about? Even Presidents makes official visits as head of state unaccompanied by spouses. Maybe it is just that she realizes that Congress critters shouldn’t be allowed out in public without adult supervision.
 
Written By: timactual
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As for the "oxymoron," do your kids quite being your kids when they become adults?
They may be my "kids", but they’re no longer ’children’.
 
Written By: McQ
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This is a bit off topic, but I just realized this AM that I, because I have a phone, am charged over $5 per month for a Universal Connectivity Charge. Feeling curious, I decided to find out what that charge is for. Imagine my surprise when I found this -

"In May of 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules that mandated that telecommunications carriers pay into a federal program called the Universal Service Fund (USF). "

I bring it up because it just shows the blatant disregard for the average citizen. I’m paying over $60 bucks a year (separate from ALL the other taxes...) for "affordable telecommunications services for low-income customers and customers in rural areas"

And Nancy wants to fly her kid around on the tax payer. Here’s a hint Nancy - pay the damn airfare yourself or leave the rug rat AT HOME!
 
Written By: meagain
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I’m not sure we should even let spouses fly for free to perform "protocol" functions. Any private company do that?
 
Written By: Harun
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"Any private company do that?"

I believe they are called Geishas in Japan.
And do not forget that we usually have an embassy available with lots of trained diplomats, including actual protocol officers, who are familiar with the local protocols(if any) requiring a spouses participation.
 
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