posted on Feb, 20 2009 @ 09:57 AM
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, her husband, and an eight member democratic congressional delegation traveled to Italy on Monday to attend a WWII commermoration
this coming Sunday.
Pelosi is said to hold talks with top Italian officials regarding the economy and other policies. My review of the constitution indicates that the
speaker of the house does not have the authority to conduct foreign policy.
While in Italy this week, Pelsoi, of Italian decsent, was presented with a birth certificate of her parents. She also met with the pope. And of
course, site seeing. This sounds like a vacation to me, not official US business.
My concern is this - just last week she was attempting to empathize with the American worker stating she knew these were hard times. Why then use
tax-payer money to fly to Italy for an entire week - it's not just the plane trip, consider hotels, food, ect.
We won't know the full cost of this trip for some time. The Govt is very lenient on turning in expense reports. So aside from her own husband, we
don't know if these other eight congressional delegates took their spouses as well. Does your company allow for compensation for spouses on business
trips? Didn't we just spank the bailout banks for their unnecessary use of planes?
In this economic climate, I think it's high time the govt do what each of us individual families have HAD to do and that's to trim unnecessary
expenses. I don't believe elites really do understand the struggles of American families or, they just don't care. They should lead by example.