Diary

The House Retreats

With the senate debating a massive trillion dollar bill to squander taxpayer money and expand government control of the private sector, and whatever is left of the free market, our representatives in congress are going on retreats to luxurious resorts.  Last week the republicans went to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, this week, the democrats are going to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.

From SwampPolitics dot com:

The House’s Democrats have left town for an annual retreat at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Va., and
this afternoon President Barack Obama will make his debut on Air Force One as president with a quick hop to Williamsburg to see them.

The Kingsmill Resort and Spa boasts of “unforgettable golf, luxurious accommodations… and an abundance of recreational opportunities,”  our colleague, Johanna Neuman at The Ticket reminds us. Though it’s below freezing in these parts today — with warmer weather promised this weekend.

And these people have the nerve to complain about companies like AIG wasting TARP money on their retreats.  What about average Americans, can they afford retreats like these?

Yet, with millions of Americans out of work and Obama “blasting Street executives for their excesses,” some watchdog groups are questioning the venture.

To make matters worse, Republican Mike Pence is defending these boondoggles.

Retreats have their defenders, too. “I believe in them,” says Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who as chairman of the House Republican Conference helped organized this year’s sessions. His case: They leave members of Congress “better informed, better acquainted and inspired to do the work.”

Inspired to do what Mr. Pence, conceive of new ways to break the backs of the industrious?

God help us!

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