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(The Daily Beast)   Small-government Republican congressman orders staff to buy him $100+ gifts of beer and food for Christmas, pay for a party for his daughter, and run errands and move furniture for his wife--who had the power to promote or fire anyone on staff   (thedailybeast.com) divider line
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3090 clicks; posted to Politics » on 25 Jan 2022 at 5:55 AM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-25 2:34:30 AM  
              Tell him to fark himself, there are other jobs
 
2022-01-25 6:00:17 AM  
Sounds like a monarch demanding tribute.  Most employers buy their employees gifts on Christmas.
 
2022-01-25 6:01:31 AM  
Okay ethics people, now do Boebert.
 
2022-01-25 6:03:28 AM  

Officer Barrelroll: Okay ethics people, now do Boebert.


That's quite the budget expense, not sure they have the money to keep people working for *THAT* long...
 
2022-01-25 6:09:51 AM  

Alphax: Sounds like a monarch demanding tribute. Most employers buy their employees gifts on Christmas.


What's the point of having power if you can't exploit the shiat out of it? These folks hate their employees, or servants as they call them, so they're going to fark them up any which way. It's good to be the king.
 
2022-01-25 6:09:54 AM  
If they're dumb/evil enough to work for a conservative then they're pretty much getting what they deserve.
 
2022-01-25 6:12:31 AM  

Officer Barrelroll: Okay ethics people, now do Boebert.


Yeah that whole "driving around the World twice" car travel expence.
 
2022-01-25 6:14:25 AM  
So he's packing up his office and high tailing it back to wherever it was he crawled out of?
 
2022-01-25 6:15:20 AM  
In defense of the multiple allegations against his wife, Rep. Lamborn said she "would not do that because that's not really allowed under the congressional rules of -- of ethics and she wouldn't want to run afoul of that."

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2022-01-25 6:17:58 AM  
I wonder if any stories ended up on askamanager.com?
 
2022-01-25 6:18:24 AM  
Ok the beer I understand but the rest is excessive.  You get one slap on the wrist, and a strongly worded letter.
Hey where is he?  Did he not even show up?  I shined his shoes and picked up his wife's dry cleaning!!!
 
2022-01-25 6:19:38 AM  
Hot damn!  I miss good, old-fashioned mis-use of power.  No sedition, tear gas, or voter fraud here.  Just using your political appointees as personal servants. This is the America I know and love.
 
2022-01-25 6:20:10 AM  
Both of them need to be in prison.
 
2022-01-25 6:24:40 AM  
FTA: For starters, Lamborn wants you, his office staffer, to give him Christmas presents-beer and food preferred-with a value between $125 and $200.

Lamborn loves beer?  Check his phone and see if he has Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's number on speed dial.
 
2022-01-25 6:26:46 AM  
The point of modern conservatism is to denigrate civil service in favor of capitalist self-interest, and to replace the institutions of meddling Big Government with something more conducive to the preferences of our Job Creators.

This is how your rulers will run things when it's impossible for their opponents to win elections.

You won't even be peasants, who were mostly left alone until it was time to collect taxes and rent. You'll be unpaid interns, getting texts from your boss or his wife at 9 PM demanding tasks that need to be done before tomorrow.
 
2022-01-25 6:27:52 AM  
But two former staffers disputed that claim, with one saying he was fired for not complying with the requests. As Lamborn's chief of staff, Dale Anderson, allegedly put it, "If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy."

I have always hated that phrase. Everyone that I know that has ever used it (usually in relation to themselves) have all been self-centered assholes, just like the proverbial "mama".
 
2022-01-25 6:32:48 AM  

Mugato: Tell him to fark himself, there are other jobs


Don't a lot of the Congressional Staffers come from the pool anyway and go right back to the pool if it doesn't work out?
 
2022-01-25 6:44:03 AM  
"Small government conservative" = "I want a government too small to stop me or hold me accountable when I extract tribute from my peons. Which is everybody."

Same as it ever was.
 
2022-01-25 6:55:12 AM  

Archie Goodwin: So he's packing up his office and high tailing it back to wherever it was he crawled out of?


Colorado Springs, CO, and you know they have no shame. He'll do some introspection and hard praying and then go on living life as he does, with no consequences.
 
2022-01-25 7:19:17 AM  
For starters, Lamborn wants you, his office staffer, to give him Christmas presents-beer and food preferred-with a value between $125 and $200.

Food as well.

I'd have gotten him $200 worth of day old hamberders.
 
2022-01-25 7:38:11 AM  

freakdiablo: For starters, Lamborn wants you, his office staffer, to give him Christmas presents-beer and food preferred-with a value between $125 and $200.

Food as well.

I'd have gotten him $200 worth of day old hamberders.


Taco Bell
 
2022-01-25 7:43:14 AM  
They're conditioned to believe there's no one better. Stockholm syndrome. Maybe they previously worked for Senator Klobuchar.
 
2022-01-25 7:44:59 AM  
The GOP is clearly going after their dream of a Feudal America, and this guy just couldn't wait to get his fiefdom on.
 
2022-01-25 7:47:42 AM  
I never get tired of wondering how in the hell all of these attorneys who can't be farked to read the most basic rules of Federal employment actually got their degree. I knew this shiat when all I was doing for Uncle Sam was loading beer kegs and cleaning vomit out of the women's restroom in a base bar. Do members of Congress somehow get a nod from the hours and hours of mandatory training that goes with "do not fark with us?" If they do, maybe they shouldn't? Sit everyone's ass down a couple of times a year in their expensive suits in an uncomfortable classroom and let some bored to annoyed E3 tell you why you shouldn't drive to work drunk, touch anyone's ass at work, accept gifts, and don't smoke dope?
 
2022-01-25 7:51:16 AM  
If by "small government" you mean "one-party rule", then yeah.
 
2022-01-25 7:54:28 AM  
Small government doesn't mean you still can't be treated like royalty.
 
2022-01-25 8:04:25 AM  

Great_Milenko: Small government doesn't mean you still can't be treated like royalty.


OMFG, you're right.

I mean, The Galactic Empire's top tier was just Palpatine, the next was Vader and Tarkin, and then a cascade of coffee boys and overzealous interns.
 
2022-01-25 8:15:01 AM  
Where are my Tributes!

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2022-01-25 8:24:13 AM  
The article lays out a whole bunch of bad stuff.  Basically the guy and his wife are both grifting assholes.

Problem is, what's going to happen to them?  Sounds like The Office of Congressional Ethics loves to release reports and then... ???
 
2022-01-25 8:37:01 AM  

Mugato: Tell him to fark himself, there are other jobs


Yeah but this in is Congress, this is important, you are around important and powerful people, think of the doors this could open up if you only do your time suffering the abuse.

This is how these people think
 
2022-01-25 8:45:21 AM  
Now do Shelia Jackson-Lee.  She's had the rep of being the worst boss in Congress for about 26 years now.  Highest staff turnover, 11 CoS in 11 years, etc, etc, etc.
 
2022-01-25 8:56:21 AM  
Rules for thee, not for me.
 
2022-01-25 9:09:25 AM  

Officer Barrelroll: Okay ethics people, now do Boebert.


Anti-corruption could be such a big win for Democrats, but they won't run on that for reasons I hate speculating about.
 
2022-01-25 9:10:52 AM  
Not sure why it's so hard for Congress critters to understand that the congressional office staff aren't personal servants. It's almost like they get no instruction or warnings from their own leaders.
 
2022-01-25 9:20:33 AM  
Laws are for little people and democrats. No need for this member to concern himself with those.
 
2022-01-25 9:41:32 AM  
Republicans want government to be just small enough to allow them to do whatever they want and stop you from doing anything they don't like but not extend the same freedums and controls to you.

Republicans are hyper privileged, entitled, snowflakes who need the world to cater only and directly to them at all times.  they are functionally the same as a someone majoring in gender studies at Smith.
 
2022-01-25 9:53:32 AM  
They want a small government so they can be tyrants.
 
2022-01-25 10:37:24 AM  
He even looks like beer bro.
 
2022-01-25 10:47:32 AM  

Parthenogenetic: You won't even be peasants, who were mostly left alone until it was time to collect taxes and rent. You'll be unpaid interns, getting texts from your boss or his wife at 9 PM demanding tasks that need to be done before tomorrow.


Hell, in the I.T. world, I was seeing that fifteen years ago...
 
2022-01-25 10:51:00 AM  
Technically a dictatorship is a smaller government than a democracy or even a republic.
 
2022-01-25 12:40:04 PM  

HypnozombieX: If they're dumb/evil enough to work for a conservative then they're pretty much getting what they deserve.


It's like signing up to work for Antonio Brown. At this point you what did you think was gonna happen.
 
2022-01-25 3:39:03 PM  

scanman61: Now do Shelia Jackson-Lee.  She's had the rep of being the worst boss in Congress for about 26 years now.  Highest staff turnover, 11 CoS in 11 years, etc, etc, etc.


Yeah, you're gonna have to tell us what those "etc."s are, because having a high turnover isn't an ethics violation.
 
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