by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkreig
Just in case you still had any lingering doubt about how members of Congress see themselves, and the lack of any sort of respect they have for taxpayer dollars, you need to look no further than Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.
Despite an estimated net worth of over $100 million, the Senator chooses to fly by private plane whenever he returns to his home state and makes sure taxpayers foot the bill. As a result, he spends thousands of taxpayer dollars per visit, while a round-trip commercial ticket would only cost $200. This allows him to rack up one of the most expensive travel budgets in the Senate, even though he visits his home state less than often than almost ever other member of Congress (despite how close West Virginia is to the capitol).
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