TV personality Greta Van Susteren has nailed it. “Please tell me Congress is not doing this… they could not be that tone deaf….no one could be.” Look at the comments. Those folks get it too. Her post in part:
I just received a press release [included at link] that 84 Members of Congress are taking a free trip next week to Israel.
Please tell me this is not so: that while we are in crisis, 84 Members of Congress are getting an all expense paid trip to Israel instead of returning to DC to work on our economic crisis (or even review the March GAO report which outlines billions of dollars of waste that they are ignoring but you are paying????) How could they?
Don’t get me wrong. I support Israel. [Security boilerplate for two paragraphs] …
Meanwhile, WE in the USA are in crisis right now (15 million Americans are looking for work to put food on the table and 45 million are on food stamps.) Do we really need to have 84 Members of Congress leave the USA instead of returning to DC to work?
How about we just send 4 Members to Israel? (2 R’s, and 2 D’s) The 4 can meet with Israeli officials, and get information and return and brief the 80 who didn’t go. Chances are they would get more information than if you crammed 84 + people in one room with Israeli officials.
And what should the 80 do who would not go to Israel on this free junket ? The 80 should return to DC now and put their nose to the grindstone and help get us out of our economic hell. Just a return to Washington would be an important message to the American people that they care! We at least need that!
Yes but Greta if we only send four, how will people know who the other 80 disciples are to give the money to?