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from a few months ago : the cars the congressmen drive

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http://wcbstv.com/seenon/car.lease.us.2.713776.html

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 ... the works.

 

And as CBS 2 HD found out, there's no limit on how much they can spend.

 

Congressman Charles Rangel was recently seen getting out of his Cadillac DeVille, which he leases for $774 per month. Then there was Congressman Jose Serrano, getting out of his Buick LaCrosse, which he leases for $317 per month. And how about this one: Congressman Gregory Meeks was recently seen waiting for Congressman John Conyers to step out of Meeks' Lexus LS460, which Meeks leases for $998 per month.

 

All those leases are picked up by taxpayers through a little-known program available only to members of the House of Representatives.

 

You can probably just imagine the kind of reaction CBS 2 HD got from everyday citizens outside Meeks' Jamaica, Queens office.

 

"They should all drive cheaper cars, why not?" Richard Candelario said. "I mean, you know, they're making the money. I mean, we shouldn't pay for their cars."

 

Members of the House who choose to lease through the program have had a great deal of leeway. Congressman Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn, for example, leases a 2008 Chevy impala for $219/month. Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn used to lease a Lincoln for $845 per month, but switched to a 2008 mini-SUV made by Lincoln, the MKX, which costs $715 per month.

 

Rangel spoke to CBS 2 HD by phone about the seemingly extravagant expenses being racked up on the taxpayers' dime:

drumroll please............

CBS 2 HD: "How would you answer those people who say, 'Well, but it's taxpayer money. Instead of $700 a month, could you find something for, say, $300 a month?'"

 

Rangel: "I could probably find something for ... one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, 'With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?'"

 

Earlier, Rangel released a statement, further addressing the issue.

 

"When I'm in New York, my car is my office. I use it to conduct Congressional business. It really pleases me that (my constituents) appreciate driving in a comfortable car, especially the senior citizens," Rangel said.

 

"The car isn't just a vehicle for getting around; it's an important part of doing my job and my constituents appreciate it."

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If there is a way to cheat, steal or chisel, Congressman Rangel will find it. Sad to see what exposure to power in Washington has done to this once fine man.

 

 

 

He seems to have reverted to his troubles as a kid. Only now it's the big leagues. The bright spot for Rangel was while in the military. During the Korean War in particular. His unit was attacked and surrounded by the Chinese ("the Army without shadows") up near the Yalu River. In freezing weather he managed to lead about 40 men out of the clutches of the Chinese. He was wounded and received the purple heart. He also was awarded a Bronze Star (I think). When the Chinese swarmed across the 38th, it led to some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict. In that respect, Rangel paid his dues. That aside, he's still a thief.

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Can some useful senator or Congressman please bring this up on the floor.

Would love to hear the debate.mad.gif

 

Seems we are all having to do less.

 

I'm wondering, with all the 'less" going on in this country, are the government workers taking pay cuts, time cuts, anything cuts? I have not heard of any.

It would seem a good time to lay off some government employees that are not needed. Why should we, outside the government, be the ones taking the hit headscratch.gif

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View PostCan some useful senator or Congressman please bring this up on the floor.

Would love to hear the debate.mad.gif

 

Seems we are all having to do less.

 

I'm wondering, with all the 'less" going on in this country, are the government workers taking pay cuts, time cuts, anything cuts? I have not heard of any.

It would seem a good time to lay off some government employees that are not needed. Why should we, outside the government, be the ones taking the hit headscratch.gif

 

 

Because we're the fall guys baby... Government doesn't lay off, they don't take pay cuts and they don't lose jobs because of downsizing.

 

We pay the tax's and they reap the benefits. It's the American government way...

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View PostBecause we're the fall guys baby... Government doesn't lay off, they don't take pay cuts and they don't lose jobs because of downsizing.

 

We pay the tax's and they reap the benefits. It's the American government way...

 

Not so accurate. The city of New Haven has laid off a bunch of DOT workers. I wouldn't be surprised if my town laid off some workers too.

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View PostNot so accurate. The city of New Haven has laid off a bunch of DOT workers. I wouldn't be surprised if my town laid off some workers too.

 

I hope in the big scheme of things your right. Not looking to wish harm on any one group, but fair is fair. If the work flow slows, so should the hours and number of employees. The government payroll should shrink proportionally to the drop in the economy I would think. Everyone except the unemployment office.

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View PostNot so accurate. The city of New Haven has laid off a bunch of DOT workers. I wouldn't be surprised if my town laid off some workers too.

 

 

DOT are City (Civil Workers) Patrick not GOV. City is vulnerable, Government is not...

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