To a member of the House of Representatives, a few hundred taxpayer dollars a month is absolutely nothing, and in the big picture of how much they waste, they’re right. But here’s something that helps us understand how the government manages to stay so incredibly out of touch with reality.
You may not realize it, but members of the House of Representatives can lease a car and have it paid for by you — the taxpayer. And it’s not just the car, but gas, registration, insurance â€¦ the works.
And as CBS 2 found out, there’s no limit on how much they can spend.
The examples are many. For example, you and I pay for Congressman Gregory Meeks’ Lexus to the tune of almost a cool grand a month.
And here’s your jaw-dropping laugh of the day: Watch the video in all its glory as Congressman Charles Rangel actually tells a reporter that he spends $777 taxpayer dollars a month for his Cadillac DeVille because driving a cheaper car would be a sign of disrespect to his constituents. Wow. That takes balls the size of… well, Charles Rangel’s balls.
Not nearly all members of the House participate in the freebie car program — just the ones who don’t want to disrespect the taxpayers. They’re going to respect us until we’re in a bread line.