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(Think Progress)   These 7 Tea Party freshmen have bravely gone to Washington in order to slash taxes, defend patriotism, and drop over $100,000 each on personal cars   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 165
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2012-07-25 01:24:55 PM  
ThinkProgress examined spending records for the 112th Congress and found seven GOP freshmen - Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Bill Flores (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and Steve Womack (R-AR) - who had spent an average of $15,000 on cars for themselves. All together, their taxpayer bill totaled $106,643.

Nice headline trollmitter.
 
2012-07-25 01:25:04 PM  
Did you read the article, subby? $100k is COMBINED.

/Still sad, but not as sad.
 
2012-07-25 01:25:07 PM  
FTFA: [M]ore than a half-dozen Tea Party congressmen have collectively spent over $100,000 in taxpayer money on personal vehicles.

Collectively, subby. Collectively.

Dear god, 100k for cars for seven people. So the tragedy. Good god, shut the fark up. The Teabaggers suck enough on their own without making yourself look like a moron over them for no reason.
 
2012-07-25 01:26:02 PM  
Seven Cars For Seven Tea Partiers. I like it.
 
2012-07-25 01:26:11 PM  
and drop over $100,000 each on personal cars

ftfy, illitermitter
 
2012-07-25 01:26:58 PM  
It's not "each," subby.

"Though they campaigned on a platform of reducing the deficit and ridding wasteful spending, more than a half-dozen Tea Party congressmen have collectively spent over $100,000 in taxpayer money on personal vehicles.

ThinkProgress examined spending records for the 112th Congress and found seven GOP freshmen - Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Bill Flores (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and Steve Womack (R-AR) - who had spent an average of $15,000 on cars for themselves. All together, their taxpayer bill totaled $106,643."


However:

For example, Cravaack is charging taxpayers more than $1,000 a month to pay the lease on his 2011 Chevy Equinox, a crossover SUV with all-wheel drive.

I don't want some moron who signs up for a $1,000 a month least on a farking Chevy Equinox in charge of the budget.
 
2012-07-25 01:26:59 PM  
Came here to blast subby. Will just pile on:

$100,000 each =/= combined $100,000
"Tea Party congressmen have collectively spent over $100,000 in taxpayer money on personal vehicles.
"

Your hatred clouded your judgement and your reading comprehension. FAIL
 
2012-07-25 01:27:46 PM  
I worked for the state and we had a motor pool where you could check out a car when you needed to travel. This sort of seems like the same thing except that I'm guessing they use their car for everything, not just official business travel. Maybe instead of letting each congressperson lease their own car they should set up a motor pool and give them each a nice fuel efficient Hyundai Elantra?
 
2012-07-25 01:28:20 PM  
THINK progress and American THINKer seem to be sharing the same brain to do their thinking today.

(A syphilitic atrophied alcoholic's brain? Abby Someone?)
 
2012-07-25 01:28:31 PM  
This is a bit weak, trollmitter.
 
2012-07-25 01:28:47 PM  
Why are we paying for their cars at all? The six figure income we're also giving them isn't enough?

I mean, it's not exactly the biggest issue facing the country, but still...
 
2012-07-25 01:29:37 PM  
I can think of a variety of more dumb issues relating to Tea Party members of Congress than spending 15k on vehicles. Shut up blogger, you're not helping.
 
2012-07-25 01:29:42 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Why are we paying for their cars at all? The six figure income we're also giving them isn't enough?

I mean, it's not exactly the biggest issue facing the country, but still...


Might, in fact, be the smallest issue facing the country, ranking well below the quality of the cheese sticks at Applebee's.
 
2012-07-25 01:29:59 PM  
Yes, subby is an idiot. But so are some of these congressmen.

Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN): $25,580.84
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): $24,525.00
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO): $20,978.07

If you're going to spend over 20K to lease a car for one year - just BUY THE farkING THING!
 
2012-07-25 01:30:05 PM  
Over 1k a month on a lease for a 25k dollar car? Jesus, I would've LOVED to be the salesmen on that deal.
 
2012-07-25 01:30:13 PM  
Pompeo serves as a trustee on the Koch Industries-funded Kansas Policy Institute (originally named the Kansas Public Policy Institute and then the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy), a conservative think tank.
 
2012-07-25 01:30:23 PM  
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2012-07-25 01:30:57 PM  

YoungSwedishBlonde: Over 1k a month on a lease for a 25k dollar car? Jesus, I would've LOVED to be the salesmen on that deal.


salesman...salesman
 
2012-07-25 01:31:01 PM  
I was ready to be upset, but the one person only spent $4k while the others (including the one from CO, dammit) spent more than $20k. So, I'm back to the same opinion I always have on political matters: All of them are hypocrites and the party afilliation has nothing to do with it.
 
2012-07-25 01:32:37 PM  

Sgt Otter: It's not "each," subby.

"Though they campaigned on a platform of reducing the deficit and ridding wasteful spending, more than a half-dozen Tea Party congressmen have collectively spent over $100,000 in taxpayer money on personal vehicles.

ThinkProgress examined spending records for the 112th Congress and found seven GOP freshmen - Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Bill Flores (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and Steve Womack (R-AR) - who had spent an average of $15,000 on cars for themselves. All together, their taxpayer bill totaled $106,643."

However:

For example, Cravaack is charging taxpayers more than $1,000 a month to pay the lease on his 2011 Chevy Equinox, a crossover SUV with all-wheel drive.

I don't want some moron who signs up for a $1,000 a month least on a farking Chevy Equinox in charge of the budget.


Additionally, why the hell do you need a crossover SUV for Washington, DC. How much off-roading are you doing as a rep?
 
2012-07-25 01:33:19 PM  

YoungSwedishBlonde: YoungSwedishBlonde: Over 1k a month on a lease for a 25k dollar car? Jesus, I would've LOVED to be the salesmen on that deal.

salesman...salesman


In your defense, the first saleman probably hired the second to do the bragging duty and to push the wheelbarrow transporting the gigantic balls the first one has to have to even suggest that price to a customer.
 
2012-07-25 01:34:20 PM  

Grapple: I was ready to be upset, but the one person only spent $4k while the others (including the one from CO, dammit) spent more than $20k. So, I'm back to the same opinion I always have on political matters: All of them are hypocrites and the party afilliation has nothing to do with it.


.....So vote republican.

Karac: Yes, subby is an idiot. But so are some of these congressmen.

Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN): $25,580.84
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): $24,525.00
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO): $20,978.07

If you're going to spend over 20K to lease a car for one year - just BUY THE farkING THING!


I don't know if you've noticed the trend, but the Teabaggers have great deficiencies in the areas of numeric comprehension and logical reasoning.
 
2012-07-25 01:34:28 PM  

Fart_Machine: I can think of a variety of more dumb issues relating to Tea Party members of Congress than spending 15k on vehicles. Shut up blogger, you're not helping.


this is an absolutely valid criticism. Pay for your own farking car to drive to work like everyone else does.
 
2012-07-25 01:34:50 PM  

Sgt Otter: I don't want some moron who signs up for a $1,000 a month least on a farking Chevy Equinox in charge of the budget.


That can't be right. If it is right, that guy owns the dealership.
 
2012-07-25 01:35:25 PM  
OK, everyone, return to your homes.
Nothing to see here.
 
2012-07-25 01:36:02 PM  
They don't really make enough to support a family, have a main house and an apartment in DC, have 3 cars, etc. I have no problem letting congressmen lease cars like this, if for no other reason than a corporation would figure out how to give them one if there was a need.

My main problem with this though is that if a corporation were giving them cars, they would be voting for whatever that corporation wanted, but if the American government gives them cars, they just double down on trying to destroy it.
 
2012-07-25 01:36:50 PM  
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): $4,889.76

Oh the horror....
 
2012-07-25 01:37:22 PM  
This is an outrage.
 
2012-07-25 01:37:35 PM  

SnakeLee: My main problem with this though is that if a corporation were giving them cars, they would be voting for whatever that corporation wanted, but if the American government gives them cars, they just double down on trying to destroy it.


And this is what I love about Fark: The stupidest, worst articles and headlines can still produce reasonable points.
 
2012-07-25 01:38:42 PM  

Karac: In your defense, the first saleman probably hired the second to do the bragging duty and to push the wheelbarrow transporting the gigantic balls the first one has to have to even suggest that price to a customer.


There probably wasn't much to the sale. Someone walked in, pointed to a car and said, "I want that. It doesn't matter what it costs, I'm not paying for it. Just give me the paperwork to sign."
 
2012-07-25 01:39:01 PM  

EighthDay:
Additionally, why the hell do you need a crossover SUV for Washington, DC. How much off-roading are you doing as a rep?


Doesn't matter. You don't want to go offroading in a crossover anyway.

At any rate, this seems a bit knee-jerk to me. I'm curious what the typical expenditures on car leases are for congresscritters. Then maybe I can get my righteous rage on.
 
2012-07-25 01:39:25 PM  
100 grand each would be insane. 100 grand combined is just them being their hypocritical selves.
 
2012-07-25 01:39:46 PM  
Same as with most small government spending I don't really care. The article author has it right though .... they are being hypocritical. They shouldn't care anymore about spending a few thousand dollars on a vehicle then I do. But according to their own words, it's wrong and needs to stop.
 
2012-07-25 01:39:49 PM  

dehehn: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): $4,889.76

Oh the horror....


Look, the federal government spent $3.796 trillion dollars. Divide Bill Johnson's car money (4,889, I'll even round down for him) by 3.796 and you get 1287.93. Why is Bill Johnson spending nearly 13 times the federal budget on a car?

I'm just asking questions here.
 
2012-07-25 01:40:32 PM  

skullkrusher: Fart_Machine: I can think of a variety of more dumb issues relating to Tea Party members of Congress than spending 15k on vehicles. Shut up blogger, you're not helping.

this is an absolutely valid criticism. Pay for your own farking car to drive to work like everyone else does.


Some jobs allow for a lease vehicle so meh. Granted the lease arrangements on these were farking crazy but it's pretty far down the scale of outrage. Maybe the Fed should lease a bunch of fleet vehicles instead of letting congress critters choose their own.
 
2012-07-25 01:40:51 PM  

EighthDay: Additionally, why the hell do you need a crossover SUV for Washington, DC. How much off-roading are you doing as a rep?


There should be a "vehicle allowance" - something like $3-5k for the year, whether you buy or lease (plus a consideration for the down payment if you buy, I guess). I'm able to drive a pretty good 2010 4-door for under $200/month, though I down-paymented the hell out of it (I also pay more for insurance per month than the car payment. Go farking figure).

Or a motor pool, and save us all the headache.

// how much you wanna bet that none of these cars was the base model?
 
2012-07-25 01:40:52 PM  
One the one hand, this is simply the cost of doing business. Elected officials travel A LOT on official business, and this is a simpler solution than an endless stream of mileage reimbursement forms and paperwork, or maintaining a fleet of vehicles. When I traveled for work, I was reimbursed for or used a company provided vehicle. They may have positions of power and prestige, but it's still a job, and they should qualify for the same perks any other employee would.

On the other hand,. this is a group of people who were elected because they loudly proclaim that government can't do anything right, is wasteful, and is nothing more than a gigantic roadblock to American progress. I'm sure they would be the first to complain about other governmental agencies spending this kind of money on six cars.
 
2012-07-25 01:41:03 PM  

dehehn: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): $4,889.76

Oh the horror....


I totally want to know what he bought. What can you get for under $5K? a ten year old Crown Vic?
 
2012-07-25 01:41:43 PM  
If Tea Party = lower taxes and smaller government aren't these people asking to lose their jobs?

Their sole purpose is to make it so they aren't needed anymore?

Or would we still need to collect taxes to pay for them to linger around?


and by "we" I mean Americans... I'm living in Canada so don't really need to worry aboot all of that.
 
2012-07-25 01:41:55 PM  
Actually, now that I think about it, that price could be lease plus maintenance/fuel. And considering the age of the vehicles and standard government fuel reimbursement, we're probably paying him 10k+ per year to drive.
 
2012-07-25 01:42:45 PM  

SnakeLee: They don't really make enough to support a family, have a main house and an apartment in DC, have 3 cars, etc. I have no problem letting congressmen lease cars like this, if for no other reason than a corporation would figure out how to give them one if there was a need.


Congresspeople make $174,000/year, over three times the median household income.
 
2012-07-25 01:43:19 PM  
Man, that's a lot of Kias!
 
2012-07-25 01:43:22 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: dehehn: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): $4,889.76

Oh the horror....

I totally want to know what he bought. What can you get for under $5K? a ten year old Crown Vic?


Don't knock the Bluesmobile.

/yeah I know it was a Dodge Monaco
 
2012-07-25 01:44:25 PM  
Considering what they get paid I think they should be expected to pay for their own cars.
 
2012-07-25 01:45:38 PM  

IrateShadow: Karac: In your defense, the first saleman probably hired the second to do the bragging duty and to push the wheelbarrow transporting the gigantic balls the first one has to have to even suggest that price to a customer.

There probably wasn't much to the sale. Someone walked in, pointed to a car and said, "I want that. It doesn't matter what it costs, I'm not paying for it. Just give me the paperwork to sign."


And with this unlimited budget, the car he picks is a Chevy Equinox? So not only is he bad at not wasting money, he also has horrendously bad taste in automobiles.
 
2012-07-25 01:45:47 PM  

Fart_Machine: Dwight_Yeast: dehehn: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): $4,889.76

Oh the horror....

I totally want to know what he bought. What can you get for under $5K? a ten year old Crown Vic?

Don't knock the Bluesmobile.

/yeah I know it was a Dodge Monaco


I'm not knocking it; I'm looking to buy something for under $2500 in the near future and have my heart set on a Volvo wagon.

/when you're buying cheap, it need to be simple, durable, and ubiquitous.
 
2012-07-25 01:47:37 PM  
Yea, I'm not so sure this is the tree you wanna go barking up when levelling attacks on Tea Party members of congress.
 
2012-07-25 01:48:06 PM  
Amateurs. Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott sold the state's exec plane because he had his own private jet.
 
2012-07-25 01:48:51 PM  
The simple fact that they are teabaggers and are drawing a taxpayer-funded salary AT ALL means they are the worst hypocrites in the history of politics. If they were really interested in smaller government they would take those cars and drive them off the edge of the nearest cliff. Seven less teabaggers, and the world is a better place.
 
2012-07-25 01:50:17 PM  

Karac: And with this unlimited budget, the car he picks is a Chevy Equinox? So not only is he bad at not wasting money, he also has horrendously bad taste in automobiles.


Remember that they are Tea Party. Probably wanted something big and BUY AMURRICAN! err... Canadian.
 
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