By Wyatt Earp | July 25, 2010
So get this: the expense reports for Congress have just been released, and it seems that they are living high on the hog. Actually, it seems they are spending like drunken sailors, living like hogs – and eating like pigs.
You know those polls that show Congress’ popularity lower than Paris Hilton’s standards? Maybe stories like these are to blame:
Crave ribs? Bagels and coffee or doughnuts? Seafood, subs or Chinese? So does Congress!
House members spent part of their Members Representational Allowances on these items — and more — during the nine-month period between late 2009 and early 2010 covered by the Sunlight Foundation’s House Expenditure Reports Database. The info is highly enlightening, revealing, for instance, the popularity of Chantilly Donut’s sinkers; what it costs to feed hungry congressional pages; and how lucrative it can be to own a part of the cottage industry of keeping our duly elected representatives fed and well hydrated.
According to the documents, Democrat Gregorio Sablan, the first-ever House delegate for the Northern Mariana Islands, spent more on food than any other legislator, racking up a tab of $23,457. The second-place legislator, Texas Republican Michael Burgess, spent $17,515.
For those of you who are not regular readers here, I have been calling for voters to vote them out – all of them, regardless of party – for a few years now. Despicable people like Sablan and Burgess should be the first to go.