An all expense paid trip to Hawaii – Tea Party Nation
August 12, 2011
Who wants an all expense paid trip to Hawaii? Everyone would right? Democratic Staffers for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee are there right now, even though the hearing will not happen until next Wednesday.
More from the Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday.
The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.”
Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui.
“It’s outrageous that Senate Democrats have so little respect for the American taxpayer that in the same month they buried our credit rating, they’re heading to Hawaii to celebrate,” Manning said.
A committee staffer told TheDC that the reason the hearing will be in Maui is “mostly because it’s his [committee chairman Sen. Daniel Akaka’s] home state.” It’s unclear if the field hearing will focus on any issues relating at all to Hawaii, or if the reasoning for scheduling the trip there is only because Akaka will already be in Hawaii during the congressional recess.
The staffer said Akaka is the only senator who will attend.
The Democratic committee staffers used taxpayer funding to travel to Hawaii a full week before their committee’s hearing date. When TheDC called the committee’s Washington, D.C., office Thursday afternoon, a different staffer who answered the phone said all the committee’s communications staffers are already in Maui.
This is the Democrats’ view of fiscal responsibility. They all believe the government is one endless gravy train for them! There are fourteen million Americans out of work right now, worried about how they are going to pay their bills. There are countless small businesses out there struggling to keep their doors open, yet this is where American tax dollars go? A junket to Hawaii for Senate staffers?
Those Senate staffers need to join the unemployment lines as do the people who authorized this trip.
This is why our debt ceiling was raised and our spending is out of control. This is why liberals should never be allowed near the purse strings of government again.