How politics pays: Former House Speak...

How politics pays: Former House Speaker Hastert still getting $...

There are 55 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 21, 2009, titled How politics pays: Former House Speaker Hastert still getting $.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

U.S. taxpayers are spending more than $40,000 per month on office space, staff, cell phones and a leased SUV for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, even as he works as a lobbyist for private corporations and foreign governments.

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good benefits

United States

#1 Dec 21, 2009
Hey......aren't they supposed to work for us?

All these legislators get amazing health and financial benefits for a very long time......it's a sweet deal

They all get it....why don't we have term limits? Why are the fools voting the criminals into office?

It's your money. They just spend it for you!
The Leprechaun

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 21, 2009
These perks are not going to change, since the only ones who can change them are the crooks themselves.

The only one who seems to want to stop this stuff of note is Congressman John Kline of Minnesota, but the rest of them tend to shut him down because they don't want their golden fleece removed.
TheD

Lakeville, MN

#3 Dec 21, 2009
good benefits wrote:
Hey......aren't they supposed to work for us?
All these legislators get amazing health and financial benefits for a very long time......it's a sweet deal
They all get it....why don't we have term limits? Why are the fools voting the criminals into office?
It's your money. They just spend it for you!
They might say they work for us but they don't. They work for the party they belong to. They do not care what we have to say or do they are only in it to further thier own agenda.
Vote EVERYONE OUT in 2010!
Jo AZ

San Francisco, CA

#4 Dec 21, 2009
reboot DC. It is so broken!
The Golf Guy

Apopka, FL

#5 Dec 21, 2009
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
scroller

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 Dec 21, 2009
TheD wrote:
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They might say they work for us but they don't. They work for the party they belong to. They do not care what we have to say or do they are only in it to further thier own agenda.
Vote EVERYONE OUT in 2010!
Time for a people's march on Washington to take back our money.

One driving force would be all we Pro-Lifers. They don't have enough jails to put us all in .
Nodada

Lakeville, MN

#7 Dec 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
We don't need to blame this on the current occupant of the White House. He and his gang of thugs are messing enough stuff up on thier own.
Von Mises

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Dec 21, 2009
The Leprechaun wrote:
These perks are not going to change, since the only ones who can change them are the crooks themselves.
The only one who seems to want to stop this stuff of note is Congressman John Kline of Minnesota, but the rest of them tend to shut him down because they don't want their golden fleece removed.

The liberal article fails to mention that this applies to democrats as well--not to mention what pelosi costs with her use of air force planes for her travels.
Ha Ha Ha

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Dec 21, 2009
We be the suckers on this one and all that have gone before them. Get it yet? We are dopes and they are taking us and our money for themselves. Except if you are a govt employee or teacher of course, then you are part of the massive amount of taxpayer money that goes for sweetheart retirements. It sucks.
The Admiral

Ridgecrest, CA

#10 Dec 21, 2009
Two wrongs don't make a right, and it stinks what Hastert is getting from the taxpayers. But, why no mention of Democrats? It's that liberal bias again, isn't it? Tom Daschle ring a bell?
Aaron

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Dec 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
If you read the article you would have noticed this applies to both sides. This is madness.
a grandma

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Dec 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
I am a Obama hater but this story disgusts me. We are being ripped off by both sides.
Truth

Burnsville, MN

#13 Dec 21, 2009
Wow, just think what Princess Pelosi will walk away with? She'll get her 757, plus the 40k per month, all for being a failure.
Bonny WD

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Dec 21, 2009
Nice to see a former high school wrestling coach do so well--at the public's expense.
Dam Demthuglicrat

Burnsville, MN

#15 Dec 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
No, but this is:

"First Lady requires more than twenty attendants"

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/...

In case you don't have a calculator, or as is the case of the lame-duck Kenyon, Hussein and the rest of the Demthuglicrats, don't know how to use one, that adds up to $6,364,000 for one term. We all know who's paying for it, or should I say, who's not.

And, my guess would be a Demthuglicrat came up the former Speakers perk, probably a bribe for another Demthuglicrat's important vote. Somethings never change.

Since: Nov 09

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 21, 2009
It's kind of like letting the convicts make the rules in prison. There are only a handful of honest politicians on either side of the aisle. As long as they can keep us fighting along party lines, they can continue to rape the American taxpayer and line their pockets. We are so focused on the left/right conspiracies that we are getting what we voted for. It's akin to the guards fighting over who gets to hold the master key while the criminals are running out the back door. They say the best way to commit a crime is to do it in broad daylight in plain view. When are we going to wake up?
KateBl

Manchester, MI

#17 Dec 21, 2009
Von Mises wrote:
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The liberal article fails to mention that this applies to democrats as well--not to mention what pelosi costs with her use of air force planes for her travels.
Why is this a liberal article? I am far from a liberal, but I guess I don't understand how this is a liberal article just because it involves a Republican doing something they shouldn't. Anyone with any common sense knows these kinds of things happen on both sides.

I just had to say something because it pisses me off when liberals get on the chats here and accuse anything they don't agree with of being conservative just because they don't agree.

We all know Pelosi is the worst one--there was just an article about her plane not too long ago.
attababyitzaboy

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 21, 2009
attention teabag idiots: go to snopes.com and read all about 'Princess' Pelosi's plane, and then stop building all your opinions out of lies.

As for Hastert--he was working with Turkey WHILE he was in Congress, making deals with them and reaping rewards. Go to Brad Blog and read about Sibel Edmonds. Don't worry, Sibel names a few Democrats too.

INFORM YOURSELVES.
attababyitzaboy

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Dec 21, 2009
Dam Demthuglicrat wrote:
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No, but this is:
"First Lady requires more than twenty attendants"
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/...
In case you don't have a calculator, or as is the case of the lame-duck Kenyon, Hussein and the rest of the Demthuglicrats, don't know how to use one, that adds up to $6,364,000 for one term. We all know who's paying for it, or should I say, who's not.
And, my guess would be a Demthuglicrat came up the former Speakers perk, probably a bribe for another Demthuglicrat's important vote. Somethings never change.
two words: snopes.com
This is another story that plays upon the gullibility of the feeble teabag mind
K Bar

Delano, MN

#21 Dec 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Lets see how you Obama haters spin this, is this his fault too?
Just half of it, Golf Gay. The other half falls squarely on the shoulders of those who voted for him.

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