Sen. Bond Goes Fishing

There's a piece of country string-band music that requires a mighty-tricky big of old-time mandolin picking -- it's called "To Do This You Gotta Know How."Well here comes a United States Senator who has learned how to do a mighty tricky bit of picking, too...picking the pockets of us taxpayers! He is Kit Bond, of Missouri, chairman of the small business committee. Last summer, Senator Bond scheduled a field hearing way out in Ketchikan, Alaska."Good for him," you say," about time some of those senators got out of Washington and went to where some real people are." I thought the same thing at first, but then I wondered: Why Ketchikan?Can you figure it out? You betcha-can, if you realize that his hearing just happened to be the exact same day as the opening of the big whoop-de-do salmon-fishing tournament that is sponsored in Ketchikan each summer by his buddy, Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski. Sen. Bond just loves to fish, so he held his hearing for an hour-and-a-half...then he went fishing for three days -- and he billed his whole trip to you and me, the taxpayers. He even asked the nine witnesses at the hearing to keep their statements under five minutes each because "we do have some other commitments." Isn't he tricky? It's like I told you -- to do this, you gotta know how.But the tackiest part of Sen. Bond's rip-off is this hypocrisy. In his opening statement at the hearing, Bond said that voters had put Republicans like him in charge of the Congress because they were "fed up" with "wasteful spending," so he had come to Ketchikan as part of his commitment to a "careful oversight of federal activities."Hey Senator, if you want to see wasteful, no need to fly to Ketchikan, just catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror every morning.

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