Just how long do you think this new congressman is gonna keep this up?

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    Jan 11, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    Congressman sleeps on cot to save cash

    Story Highlights

    •Jason Chaffetz says he'll save $1,500 a month by choosing cot over apartment

    •If he is tightening his belt, Congress should also be able to, he says

    •Chaffetz, R-Utah, is a freshman congressman

    •Chaffetz says noises in the hallway can make it difficult to sleep at night

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/09/frugal.congressman/index.html

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    Jan 11, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    A stupid stunt
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    Jan 11, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    I wish there was a little more of his spirit here in New York. While our Governor is doing some mighty shady shit where he is adding taxes, increasing fees, and generally putting a greater tax burden on middle and lower income families there is no sense of personal sacrifice. Even if this is just a PR stunt, it is about time those with power and those with wealth started sacrificing what everyone else has all along.
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    Jan 11, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI wish there was a little more of his spirit here in New York. While our Governor is doing some mighty shady shit where he is adding taxes, increasing fees, and generally putting a greater tax burden on middle and lower income families there is no sense of personal sacrifice. Even if this is just a PR stunt, it is about time those with power and those with wealth started sacrificing what everyone else has all along.

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    Jan 11, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    We had a problem here with our politicians sleeping on cots at their friends' houses, but still claiming the full accommodation allowance. One guy even tried to suicide when the story came out.

    I'd cheer your congressman, but aren't we all supposed to be spending more money to save the economy?
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    Jan 11, 2009 8:52 AM GMT
    makeumyne said aren't we all supposed to be spending more money to save the economy?


    It's basic economics. If everybody hoards their money, demand crashes, companies cut production, this requires layoffs, an d so on.

    If you want to help the economy, buy something.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 11, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Ummm, so the $1500/mo he's not spending is going to.....his pocket? Yeah! That'll help the economy.

    Isn't what he's doing considered squatting? Isn't that against the law?

    If he really wants to impress, he should introduce legislation for a Congressional pay cut.


    PREDICTION: His soon-to-be bad back is going to make him a supporter of universal healthcare. Yeah!
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    Jan 16, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    "His office in the Longworth House Building comes with a half-bathroom, a closet that fits a cot, and what he calls his "breakfast nook" where he stores Fig Newtons, granola bars and mixed nuts."

    Utah Congressman Goes Into Closet; Nuts About Breakfast Nookie

    I'm sure it's legal to sleep over in one's office from time to time. But I'd bet a buck that government office buildings do not have a certificate of occupancy that includes residency. Most people who would try to live in their office would be told by their employer that this is not allowed!

    If the government is going to provide this roof over his head, we should get the housing allowance back. Thrift is one thing. A double dip or double standard is another.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 16, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    This freshman congressman from Utah is just putting on a big show to claim that he is fiscally conservative by sleeping on a cot in a hallway. This is nothing more than an act. To put it more bluntly, a crock of shit.