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Congress Rips Off Tax Payer With Food Bills.

Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:57 pm

In the past, I brought a one sided flame to Pelosi's alcohol tab, but apparently the most unpopular Congress to date likes ripping off the taxpayer(s) with their catering bills. Whatever happened to bringing a sack lunch with you to work?   



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Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:30 pm

They had something similar in the WSJ a couple months ago. Its absolutely ridiculous. Stuff like this is why they can't trim anything out of the budget. They are too comfortable. When they get comfortable it's time for them to be voted out of office.
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Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:57 pm

Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?
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Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:23 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?



I do not know Doc but where I work about the only "free lunch" so to speak is what comes out of the faucet. Anything else you have to pay for. I was unaware that our congress was so underpaid that they had to charge their lunch and donuts to their constituents.

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Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:35 am

Calm down guys, they are merely "stimulating the economy"   
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Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:05 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?

Lets see, when I was in the military back in the 70's I got a meal per diem of roughly $5 a day.   
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RE: Congress Rips Off Tax Payer With Food Bills.

Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:44 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?

Whatever an employee cafeteria would cost to staff, stock, and operate. Anything beyond that I don't want to be paying for - between their salaries and the lavish budgets their lobbyist suitors can splash around, they can do the rest out of pocket.
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Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:31 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
Whatever an employee cafeteria would cost to staff,

Not only that but there should be a Congressional dorm building for them. Let them live in public housing for a whle and see how they like it. Maybe they wouldn't be so hell bent on staying there for decades.
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Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:57 am

Quoting okie (Reply 3):
Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?

Zero?

Very few jobs in the real world provide meals... and note well: private business (you know, the actual creators of the wealth which funds congress) is not even allowed to deduct the full value of business meals from their taxable revenue when being taxed.

The essential problem (and it is nothing new) is that congress passes rules from which they themselves are inevitably exempt. OSHA? Bah, not for us. Equal Opportunity in Employment? That's for others, not for congress.

And they can spend money they haven't got... because they don't pay the bill.

And they wonder why we don't trust them...
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Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:41 am

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Whatever happened to bringing a sack lunch with you to work?

Even though I work in a Catering facility that provides lunch (not free, BTW), I take a lunch to work anyway. It is cheaper and more convenient for me.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Out of curiosity, what would be an acceptable food bill?

Any bill that costs the U.S. Taxpayer $0.00 per day. They get paid so much, they can afford lobster for lunch daily and still pay their other bills.
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Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:00 am

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 8):

Very few jobs in the real world provide meals...

Congress has had a congressional dining room for quite a long time. In fact, many jobs in the real world DO provide meals, also.

I'm just sick of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of "any spending is too much." Obama can't take a vacation even once in four years without catching flak for it. If he dares to take his wife out to dinner, it's a scandal. Members of Congress could get paid $15K/yr and people would still be clamoring it's too much.

Where does it stop?
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RE: Congress Rips Off Tax Payer With Food Bills.

Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:03 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
In fact, many jobs in the real world DO provide meals, also.

Many jobs, yes.... but very, very few companies do provide them.
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Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:01 am

Elected officials in DC do live high on the hog. Their argument is that they can do better in private employment.   

When all of the benefits are totaled up I really doubt if they could, but it sounds good.

And it should be obvious that these games are played on both sides of the aisle. WHo says liberals, moderates and conservatives can't agree on anything?         
 
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RE: Congress Rips Off Tax Payer With Food Bills.

Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:26 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):

I'm just sick of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of "any spending is too much." Obama can't take a vacation even once in four years without catching flak for it. If he dares to take his wife out to dinner, it's a scandal. Members of Congress could get paid $15K/yr and people would still be clamoring it's too much.

Lordy me, where do we start?

"Take his wife out to dinner" - it's not what you do, but how you do it.

In any event, the issue is not "any spending is too much"; it's "any spending which (1) exceeds available funds; or (2) is done for a purpose not properly within the proper purview of the federal government; is too much."

Again, the federal government, including congress, has become a ludicrously bloated and utterly unresponsive beast, possessed of an insatiable appetite for the fruits of the labor of productive enterprise, and these practices form a grave threat to the prosperity of the nation.
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:05 pm

My company provides lunch 3-4 times a week. My fiance is a nurse and receives a subsidized lunch. They work sporatic hours and have high demand schedules. Their free lunches don't really bother me. It sounds like a nice perk but nothing to get yourself all riled up about.

I'm more concerned with the 10 digit spending bills they seem to rubber stamp.
 
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RE: Congress Rips Off Tax Payer With Food Bills.

Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:54 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
I'm just sick of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of "any spending is too much." Obama can't take a vacation even once in four years without catching flak for it. If he dares to take his wife out to dinner, it's a scandal. Members of Congress could get paid $15K/yr and people would still be clamoring it's too much.

Where does it stop?

I don't care if he takes a vacation. He needed one. Same with taking his wife out. He is still a person, not some superman cuz he's president, he needs time away. My only problem with the whole thing is they talk about how so much can't get cut. Well this certainly can. When we have a predicted deficit of $1.47 Trillion, yes with a t, thats when I think its time to cut down on stuff like this.
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