I don’t know, maybe it’s not uncommon — but for one of the guys in the “we all have to have some skin in the game” administration it seems like his little contribution could be to let the people who protect him and his family stay nearby for free. But that’s not the case:
The U.S. Secret Service does more than protect Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the agency also pays him rent.
Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting the lives of he and his family, for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., neighborhood.
Mr. Biden, listed not as vice president in federal purchasing documents but as “vendor,” is eligible for up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013, the records show.
Hopefully voters end the contract early — January of 2013 to be exact.
Reminder: President Obama has tasked Joe Biden with hunting down misspent tax dollars wherever it exists. Maybe Pluggers could let the Secret Service crash at his cottage FoC and put the savings toward the debt — just a thought.
Update: Just got this Tweet: Required of course by Federal regulations, otherwise free rent may be perceived as a bribe to the security forces
Perceived as a bribe… to do what? Not save your life?
You can tell politicians write the laws: “And if our security detail stays on our property they have to pay us rent out of public funds, otherwise it might look like a bribe…”