Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Carpe per diem

The Wall Street Journal this morning has a followup on its March expose of Congressional chiseling on per diem travel allowances. In an era of trillion-dollar deficits, the money isn't even a rounding error, but the reactions of the Congressfolk are worth reading. My favorite is Texas representative Solomon Ortiz: if not for the chance to pocket a few extra dollars, he says, "you could never get many members traveling." A paid vacation, transportation in Air Force planes, and concierge service provided by the military: they pale beside the $25 a day in pocket money that one can collect by touring Kabul. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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