Michigan Congressman leases Cadillac Escalade Hybrid on your dime, let’s son drive it

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

With our government currently hemorrhaging money that it doesn’t really have, it comes as a bit disheartening that our nation’s legislators are riding in the lap of luxury on taxpayer money. A Detroit news show recently reported that Congressman John Conyers’, D-Mich, $76,000 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (leased for him by congress) was broken into, while in the possession of his son.

Obvious questions arise. Why is a congressman driving such a lavish car on taxpayer money? Why was his son driving it, although that is expressly prohibited under the congressional program?

As for Conyers’ indiscretion; only he can attest to that. Currently, the U.S. Congress has a lease program for its members, which allows them to lease a car of their choice, without a limit on price. To add insult to injury, the leases must be costlier two-year ones due to the length of a congressional term.

While some officials do the right thing (Rep. Anthony Weiner of NY drives a Chevy Impala), others do not. The list of leases nearing $1000 per month is staggering. The Senate on the contrary, has no such program.

It can surely be understood why such a program ought to be in place, as the ability to move around the constituency is vital to a congressman’s job, a Cadillac, Lexus, or Mercedes is not. I say we throw the support behind Motown and limit the congressmen to mid-level Ford and GM vehicles.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Straightline