Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has been in some hot water the last week and it shouldn’t be all that surprising because Schock is a perfect illustration of what is wrong with the people we send to Congress.
The controversy started when the Washington Post reported on Schock’s new office decor, themed after the PBS series Downton Abbey, which is set in turn of the century Britain. It is expected that the renovation of his Rayburn office will cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Bright red walls. A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles. A Federal-style bull’s-eye mirror with an eagle perched on top. And this is just the Illinois Republican’s outer office.
“It’s actually based off of the red room in ‘Downton Abbey,’ ” said the woman behind the front desk, comparing it to the luxurious set piece at the heart of the British period drama.
A blond woman popped out of an inner office. “Want to see the rest?” she asked.
She introduced herself as Annie Brahler, the interior decorator whose company is called Euro Trash. She guided me to Schock’s private office, revealing another dramatic red room. This one with a drippy crystal chandelier, a table propped up by two eagles, a bust of Abraham Lincoln and massive arrangements of pheasant feathers.
This follows past office decor expenditures that have included granite counter tops and leather furniture which USA Today has tabulated cost taxpayers some $100,000 since Schock was first elected to Congress in 2008. That figure does not include his Downton Abbey remodel.
Congressman Schock says that he will pay Ms. Brahler once she sends him an invoice for the work, but that doesn’t negate the fact that Brahler offered to do the work for Schock for free.
This has prompted the left-leaning government ethics watchdog group CREW to file an ethics complaint against Schock with the House Ethics committee.
The dust-up over his office decor has revealed congressman Schock’s arrogant behavior and tone-deafness as he quoted a line from a Taylor Swift song saying “haters gonna hate” when prompted to respond to the growing controversy over his office decor by ABC News.
With the federal government having $500 billion(and more) budget deficits every year he’s been in office. The nation facing $18 trillion in official debt, on top of over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs. And the average household income across the country declining thousands of dollars since 2008 the people, even liberals, have every right to be outraged at the opulence and extravagant habits and taste of one Central Illinois congressman.
Especially when that congressman represents all that is wrong with the people we as voters send to Washington year in and year out.
This latest episode shouldn’t be all that surprising.
Aaron Schock is a guy after all who walks(and votes) in lock-step with Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] and the rest of the GOP House leadership when they pass budget and debt deals with President Obama and [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] that spend money we don’t have, raises taxes, and guts our military.
Schock has also been a vocal supporter in the past of having Republicans pass their own version of Illinois Democrat Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin’s DREAM Act that would grant amnesty to certain illegal immigrants, something made mute at the moment by President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesties.
And Schock openly advocated for Speaker Boehner to work with House Democrats to pass legislation and isolate the Tea Party/conservative House Republicans during the partial government shutdown of a year-and-a-half ago over the defunding of Obamacare.
When your congressman or woman won’t fight to cut funding from Obamacare what makes you think they will cut their own offices spending.
Congressman Schock you and your attitude is what is wrong with Washington and it is high time for you to go.
cross posted from USofArn.com