Does anyone remember back in the heady days of 2009 when TEA Party Republicans all vowed to cut government waste and clean house? Is it just me or does anyone else remember when we heard all of the hand wringing about feeding at the trough whose funds all come from the taxpayers?
Well I certainly do, I even subjected myself to standing out among them listening to their naive diatribe as they lectured to equally naive audiences about the need to clean up Washington starting from right here at home.
Well it seems the chickens have come home to roost on that one according to Think Progress. Think Progress has consulted very public records from the quarterly federal publication, Statement of Disbursements which clearly shows how seven freshmen members of Congress, so-called TEA Party Republicans have looked after their constituents' tax dollars by funding for themselves, quite legally mind you, a total of $106,643 so they can have brand new automobiles to drive themselves around in while they are in DC.
Including Rep. Chip Cravaack R-Mn, who has leased for himself a 2011 Chevy Equinox, a crossover SUV with all-wheel drive for a total of $25,580.84 thus far. All wheel drive, you know so he can brave the harsh DC winters as he fights his way to the floor of Congress from his meager DC existence.
All of this while the Chipper voted against the Affordable Healthcare Act last July 11th, and at the same time voting to retain his own superior government healthcare.
Lovely. TEA Party: you get the representation that you deserve.