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$200,000 for Capitol Hill Bottled Water?

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The Congressional Budget Office just reported that in the past two years since President Barack Obama took office, federal spending is up 21.4 percent.

The national deficit was $1.29 trillion in 2010 (second to the $1.4 trillion in Obama's first year in office, 2009), which means that for every $1 the federal government spent this past year, it borrowed 37 cents of it!

The feds will tell you that their outrageous spending habits were necessary to pull our economy out of its recession. But would their same rationale justify the fact that the money Congress spends on itself has soared 89 percent over the past decade, more than three times the U.S. inflation rate?

It's true. In 2000, the feds spent $2.87 billion to run Capitol Hill. In fiscal year 2010, they almost doubled the amount, to an enormous $5.42 billion. From 2000-10, while inflation went up 26 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Capitol expenses went up 89 percent.

Were all those expenditures necessary to pull the economy out of a recession, too? Will the Obama administration again blame former President George W. Bush for its contemptible spending habits in its first two years?

According to Capitol News Connection and the congressional watchdog groups Sunlight Foundation and LegiStorm, here are just some of the itemized personnel costs of your legislative branch of government, including their comparative increases from 2000:

—Congress members' salaries and benefits: $126 million, up 23.5 percent.

—Expense allowances for Senate leaders: $180,000, up 99 percent.

—Senate officers: $178.98 million, up 99 percent.

—House leadership offices: $25.88 million, up 82 percent.

—Other House officers: $198.30 million, up 120 percent.

—Senators' personal offices: $422 million, up 75 percent.

—Representatives' personal offices: $660 million, up 62 percent.

—Architect of the Capitol salaries: $106.78 million, up 118 percent.

—Capitol Police salaries: $265.18 million, up 237 percent.

—Capitol Police general expenses: $63.13 million, up 860 percent.

Other items:

—Senate inquiries and investigations: $140.5 million, up 96 percent.

—Capitol grounds upkeep: $10.97 million, up 102 percent.

—Capitol building maintenance: $33.18 million (not listed separately in 2000).

—Senate office buildings: $74.39 million, up 16 percent.

—House office buildings: $100.46 million, up 169 percent.

—Capitol Visitor Center: $22.45 million (didn't exist in 2000).

—Congressional Budget Office: $45.16 million, up 72 percent.

—Government Accountability Office: $556.84 million, up 47 percent.

—Library of Congress: $446.15 million, up 73 percent.

—Congressional Research Service: $112.49 million, up 57 percent.

And if you don't think those costs are reflective of a nation in economic peril and government run amok, consider momentarily how critical these following costs are to running our country — or are they?

—Since Democrat Nancy Pelosi took over the position of speaker of the House in January 2007, funding for her office soared 62 percent, from $2.9 million to $4.7 million.

For a single office?!

—And taxpayers paid an enormous printing bill of $93.76 million, up 212 percent. (How many copies of the 1,000-plus-page Obamacare bill do you think that bought the feds? In a computer age of paperless transactions, don't you think they could save a few dollars here by learning what PDF files are?)

—According to the Sunlight Foundation, $4.28 million was spent on student loan repayments during the first quarter of this year as one of the congressional staff member employment perks.

—Pension costs continue to soar as congressional members enjoy the $60,000 annual benefit when they retire at age 62 after only having five years of congressional service. More than 400 former members receive average pensions of $60,000 a year.

—Taxpayers also forked out $3.27 million for Capitol Hill office supplies, as well as $628,332 for food. In addition, we spent $51.05 million on electricity and $4.63 million on sewer and water services in the Capitol building.

—And that water bill doesn't include the bottled water, which the House offices alone spent nearly $200,000 on during just the first quarter of 2010!

Friends, this next election fight is not for the weak at heart. Those elected next will either plummet our country into a fiscal abyss by maintaining the present course or deliver our economy from utter ruin by turning sharply to avoid economic disaster.

If our country is to survive, we must elect only those who show proof of fiscal discipline, refuse under all circumstances to increase our national deficit, disdain special interests, are willing to radically cut spending, and commit to pass and live under a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. (Please join the movement to pressure Congress to do so, by signing BBA Now's petition for a Common Sense Balanced Budget Amendment. And for a voter guide detailing where candidates in your state stand on issues, go to http://www.ChristianVoterGuide.com.)

With the present elective battle at hand, I call upon the great battalion of patriots to get out and vote Nov. 2 in the same spirit in which George Washington admonished his army in 1776: "The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."

(I also encourage everyone to check out the trailers to two new patriotic films playing near you, "I Want Your Money" and "Battle for America.")

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Proverbs 28:15 "As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people." Praying that you will have a good lion and bear hunt in the upcoming elections, Chuck. I pray that the LORD raises up many Davids among you, 1 Samuel 17:36. I wonder who "this uncircumcised Philistine" could be??
Comment: #1
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:44 AM
So far conservatives have given me 12 trillion reasons not to like them and the liberals have given me 1.7 trillion reasons. They may catch up soon but for now they are in the lead for my vote.
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Posted by: Rick Laviolette
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:47 AM
Most ot the 12 trillion reasns are a direct result og democrat congresses that have ravaged our Country for about 45 of the last 50 years. Congress appropriates funding, don't you know?
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Posted by: David Henricks
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:39 AM
Oh where to start. When the GOP took over congress in 1994, they drastically cut the staffs of members. Great savings for the tax payer? Dream on. The GOP decided that the appropriate people to write the bills were no longer trusted staffers, but lobbyists for the corporations. "Don't worry your pretty little head over the details congressman, your corporate masters will provide the details for the bills. No need to read them, just vote the way we suggest and we will remember you at re-election time". This "bargain" with Satan is part of why we are in the mess we are in. "We don't need oversight, the "magic of the market place" will provide all! De-regulate and sign up for total free trade and it will all be good. Trust us to mind the details." Why on earth would we let these people anywhere near the reins of power again?
Comment: #4
Posted by: Mark
Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:20 PM
Nice write Chuck but what are you/we going to do about it?

Government functions on dysfunction primarily due to discord concerning the government agenda; fours years one way then flip flop onto another course; a too many cooks spoil the brew dilemma. Consider it job security; if the government functioned as it was intended to we would only need 20% of the government we have. The government keeps the people in such a state of confusion that they are too busy trying to stop their heads from spinning to pay any attention to what is going on until after the fact; when it is too late.

The quagmire of dysfunction generates voter apathy which in turn generates morons in office. Voter turnout has been on the decline over the past 30 years and it is no surprise that people have lost confidence in their leaders.
The problem with confidence here in the US has to do with a consistent track record of political deception. We can no longer believe what they say, we need to see it for ourselves now. It is far too late now that many of the offenders have been exposed, the bubbles have all been burst and what has been exposed is unacceptable to the people. The middle class has been stripped of their discretionary funds which have always served as an economic mainstay while the gluttons at the top are bloated beyond imagination. The sub prime mortgage crisis has crippled many on a long term basis and some will never recover. Some banks may have stopped their foreclosure process until things get sorted out but we all know that banks cannot survive on foreclosures; they need money not houses. Meanwhile back at the ranch the people who don't need any money are getting multimillion dollar bonuses; I'm guessing maybe they need the "perk". I can sure use one too, I'm broke, as are millions of others.

The government is in shambles, that is why they waste so much, they don't know what they are doing anymore. The people running the country are living in their own little world of tunnel vision. Maybe they have so much schlep tax payer money that they don't even know what to do with it except waste it.

All I can say to you Chuck Norris is.....You are the "Texas Ranger", now go to Capitol Hill and Kick some Ass! Then call me, I'd like to set up a fighting match with you, let's say win or lose 1.2 million? Let's make it simple, for $300,000 I'll take a fall in the first 1 minute. Make it 5 and I'll yell uncle after your first kick. ;-)

Comment: #5
Posted by: Thomas Parinello
Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:29 PM
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