House GOP wastes $1.1 million of tax payer money on Second Day

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    Jan 06, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    What happened to fiscal responsibility? According to Vanity Fair's congressional expert, the House GOP wasted $1.1 million this morning to have The Constitution read aloud. This is despite the fact that every representative is given a course in constitutional and federal law as well as swearing an oath to unhold (and one presumes understand) the Constitution when the take office.

    Peter KeatingThe amount I get is nearly $1.1 million. $1,071,872.87, to be exact, though of course this is more back-of-the-envelope than exact.

    When one chamber of Congress is in session but not working, we the people still have to pay for members’ salaries and expenses, and for their police protection, and for keeping their lights and phones and coffee machines on. Even Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Mike Pence (R-IN) combined don’t blow enough hot air to heat the Capitol in January.

    To get this estimate, I took the total FY 2011 costs for House salaries and expenses and House office buildings, then added half the costs of joint House-Senate expenses, the CBO, the Capitol Police and the Capitol power plant. Then I divided that sum by 205, the number of days the House was in session last year, then divided again by 24 (the number of hours in a day) and multiplied by 3 (the estimated length in hours of members reading the Constitution). It might not take three hours to read the document, but on the other hand, Congress is usually in session for considerably less than 205 days a year. Also, I didn’t include staff costs, since most aides will probably be working through the reading. But not all will be, so overall I think this is a conservative estimate.


    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/01/how-much-will-it-cost-republicans-to-recite-the-constitution-on-the-house-floor.html
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    Jan 06, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said According to Vanity Fair's congressional expert


    Vanity Fair "Congressional Expert"

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    Are you taking issue with his math? Where is your outrage over this waste of tax payer money? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said According to Vanity Fair's congressional expert


    Vanity Fair "Congressional Expert"

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    Are you taking issue with his math? Where is your outrage over this waste of tax payer money? icon_rolleyes.gif


    I don't consider it a waste.



    Really?

    Then what is the value added to our country through this expenditure?
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidThen what is the value added to our country through this expenditure?

    Why waste your time with southbeach? This Republican Party shill will declare every Republican expenditure in Congress good, and every Democratic expenditure bad.

    That's his history here, and it won't change. So just write him off as the Party hack his is. The only reason I even reply to his partisan propaganda is to counter any effect he may have on newer RJ members, who don't yet know his agenda, and who might innocently be misled by his lies, the real purpose why he's here. To confuse, undermine, divide and dilute the US gay vote. I really think that was given to him in his mission statement.
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said According to Vanity Fair's congressional expert


    Vanity Fair "Congressional Expert"

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    Are you taking issue with his math? Where is your outrage over this waste of tax payer money? icon_rolleyes.gif


    I don't consider it a waste.



    Really?

    Then what is the value added to our country through this expenditure?




    It's taxpayer dollars being spent on a BS political stunt designed to placate the Teabagger wing of the Repub party.

    It's also an attempt to fool some Americans into thinking the Repubs actually care about the Constitution.

    In other words, - it's right-wing propaganda.
    Paid for by taxpayer dollars.
    So, OF COURSE, SB thinks it's money well spent.
    Just like the rest of his fellow right-wingers - it's PARTY FIRST with SB.
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Oh wait ......... but tomorrow they'll introduce


    The Repeal of the ................... JOB KILLING ......... Health Care Law


    Actual name of the bill that is to be introduced

    Not the Repeal of the Healthcare bill
    or the Rescinding of the Healthcare bill

    it's actually is the JOB KILLING Healthcare Law

    I think they might have gone further
    calling it The Bill that ate Poughkeepsie
    or the Bill that Eats Tiny Little Kittens
    or .... I know ..... the Bill that Killed JESUS Yeah that sounds GOOD

    Oh you republicans Slay me icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    GQjock saidOh wait ......... but tomorrow they'll introduce


    The Repeal of the ................... JOB KILLING ......... Health Care Law


    Actual name of the bill that is to be introduced

    Not the Repeal of the Healthcare bill
    or the Rescinding of the Healthcare bill

    it's actually is the JOB KILLING Healthcare Law

    I think they might have gone further
    calling it The Bill that ate Poughkeepsie
    or the Bill that Eats Tiny Little Kittens
    or .... I know ..... the Bill that Killed JESUS Yeah that sounds GOOD

    Oh you republicans Slay me icon_cool.gif




    Great post !!! I like that last one best, "the Bill that Killed JESUS" I'll add some and call it, The bill that killed JESUS after the "DEATH PANEL" decided he was too old and costly to save. LOL !!!!!
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    rickrick91 said
    In other words, - it's right-wing propaganda.


    Yep, the Constitution is right-wing propaganda. icon_rolleyes.gif


    SB - I really do wan to know what you see as the value-add to this. To my mind, it seems like a bunch of political theater to calm increasingly agitated Tea Partiers.

    Is there a value you find beyond that, so much that it's worth $1.1 million?
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    $1.1 million to prove that history can be rewritten and ignored with no consequence...viz. omitting the 3/5's clause.

    They could have easily added a preface about how it's history and doesn't reflect current opinions. But then they would need to acknowledge that the Constitution isn't gospel.
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    rickrick91 said
    In other words, - it's right-wing propaganda.


    Yep, the Constitution is right-wing propaganda. icon_rolleyes.gif


    SB - I really do wan to know what you see as the value-add to this. To my mind, it seems like a bunch of political theater to calm increasingly agitated Tea Partiers.

    Is there a value you find beyond that, so much that it's worth $1.1 million?


    IF(and that's a big if) the Congress consumes $1.1 million for operating for a few hours, then THAT is the problem.

    The liberal's outrage (once again) is misplaced.


    Okay. I can see that you don't actually find a value-add beyond soothing Tea Party anger or engaging in political masturbation.

    (And if you don't think $1.1 million is what it costs for half a day of operating an body that includes hundreds of employees, plus utilities, you're just fooling yourself.)
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    Jan 07, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    Okay. I can see that you don't actually find a value-add beyond soothing Tea Party anger or engaging in political masturbation.

    Your view, not mine.



    Christian73 said
    (And if you don't think $1.1 million is what it costs for half a day of operating an body that includes hundreds of employees, plus utilities, you're just fooling yourself.)


    Yes, Congress, the model of fiscal efficiency. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Well, since you're unwilling to share your view of what the value-add was, we are left to assume that you can't actually point to one and are defending it simply for partisan reasons. (I.e. if the Democrats had done this in 2006 or 2008, you'd be screaming about it.)