While federal workers are not getting paid – and we are subjected to various sob stories from all media about it – Democrats are fiddling.
Not in Rome, but in Puerto Rico.
About 30 Democrats of the Hispanic Caucus are attending. The trip was planned ahead of the shutdown and Puerto Rico was picked to draw attention to the hurricane disaster that happened there. (And the supposed poor response from the Trump team, although the Democrat mayor of San Juan was later shown to have halted distribution of desperately needed commodities.)
Then again, who wouldn’t want to go to Puerto Rico in January? DC can be quite nasty and cold then. Add to it the lawmakers will get to attend the Broadway show Hamilton, that new darling of progressive Trump haters. With tickets going for $500 apiece you can bet the Congress people wanted to get on the freebie train. Democrats expect perks.
The retreat was organized by BOLD Pac, a political committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm.
Nauseatingly, Sen. Bob Menendez, who has quite a history of free trips to Caribbean islands, complete with hook ups with the ladies, attended, too. He must be feeling pretty confident since the case against him in court was more or less dropped, although evidence was easily available.
Did I mention their families can attend, too?
109 lobbyists will also be there. As the Washington Examiner points out, that’s 3.6 lobbyists for every member including several big K Street firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.
The Washington Examiner also says that guests will have to pay for Hamilton tickets themselves, but evidently most of them have been cut to a price of $10. Hope they can scoop together the money. The event is taking place in a seaside resort where rooms go for $429 a night, most likely comped and food is being provided. I hope so!
“BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chartered a 737 for members, their families, and chiefs of staff to attend the weekend. The memo said the weather will be a balmy 80 degrees. The dress code is resort casual.”
Everybody left in the continental United States should be outraged at this trip. Can you imagine if Republicans had skipped town? Or President Trump? He has foregone all holidays until the border wall is funded. The media would be going nuts.
Their refusal to cover this just adds to our outrage. But they don’t get it. Congress doesn’t and the media doesn’t.