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US Politicians Trips Overseas

More and more in the news we hear about Presidents, Vice Presidents, Sec of State, Senators, etc ... and their travels.

This week the details of VP Bidens trip to Europe was revealed. One night stay in Paris was $585,000.50 and one night in London was $459,338.65. That was for the room.

Here is the question: We have Embassys in almost every country. We pay big buck to maintain these political posts. Why doesn't our politicians stay at the Embassy. In just this one trip the VP could have saved one million tax payers dollars.

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      Mar 28 2013: In no way am I defending the abusive squandering of American wage earner's money by politicians. My point is counter your implication that Australian voters do not tolerate such rediculous conduct. My guess is that as a percentage of GNP you Aussies are just as much willing victims as we Yanks. Here are some numbers I found: http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/politicians-rack-more-101-million-expenses/1642984/
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          Mar 29 2013: I cannot imagine just how ignorant and apathetic our politicians must think we are. We NEVER call them to task for anything less than burglarizing the offices of their "enemies,or for indecent sexual conduct in the Oval Office (the White House where the President "works"). Use that link however you wish. Thanks for the attempt to awaken us from our ignorance and apathy, but I expect we will slumber-on. Be well!
  • Mar 31 2013: Thank you, Robert, for bringing this to my attention.

    I was aware that these trips were expensive, but did not realize just how expensive.

    Just thinking with my fingers: If I remember correctly, many of our embassies have received extensive security upgrades recently. It would seem just prudent to house the VIPs in the most secure facility available. Also, it is difficult to imagine that staying in a guest room at a USA embassy would be a hardship. Presumably, the embassy is also equipped with secure communications. This is a very curious issue.
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    Mar 29 2013: Trying to deal with stuff is tantamount to playing whack a mole with the budget. The budget has to to be emaciated to where the politicians cannot spend money on this kind of BS, which is even more irritating when they justify it, in which once again the tail wags the dog.