Friday, February 6, 2009

Countdown To Valentine's Day - The Classic Peretti Heart

Congress risks criticism over luxury retreat trips
WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress were quick to shame corporate executives for over-the-top extravagance during the economic crisis, flying private jets and taking luxury junkets. But some lawmakers are strolling fancy resorts spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars and mingling with lobbyists.
"We're very mindful" of perceptions, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson told reporters Thursday camped outside of the sprawling Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., where House Democrats spent about $100,000 on their three-day annual retreat. "It's serious and it's from morning till night. We've been dwelling, rightfully, on the economy," said Larson, D-Conn.

Very mindful of perceptions? I think not. The Congressional spending machine is working overtime with a Stimulus Bill so full of pork that pigs are taking umbrage.

But since we don't live in a fantasy world that is paid for by tax dollars, we're keeping it real...and at home.

Especially this Valentine's Day.

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