Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ben Quayle wants extra $$$ for talking to the people he works for

Apparently, $174,000 per year, plus benefits and perks, isn't enough to convince Ben Quayle (R-CD3) that he should have to talk his constituents, aka - "his employers."

From Politico, written by Reid Epstein (emphasis mine) -

It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.
The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.

Ryan, who took substantial criticism from his southeast Wisconsin constituents in April after he introduced the Republicans’ budget proposal, isn’t the only member of congress whose August recess town hall-style meetings are strictly pay-per-view.

Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 at a luncheon gathering of the Arizona Republican Lawyers Association. For $35, attendees can question Quayle and enjoy a catered lunch at the Phoenix office of the Snell & Wilmer law firm.
Like his colleague "Foreclosure Dave" Schweikert (R-CD5), Quayle is mimizing contact with the people of his districts, but at least Schweikert was smart enough to schedule his "pay to play" events out of state (CA) or in October, perhaps giving people time to forget how Quayle, Schweikert, and the rest of the Rs are *deep* in the pockets of Big Business.

Of course, perhaps the fact that Schweikert's October event is having breakfast with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the US Chamber of Commerce won't exactly help to dispel the idea that he and his associates don't hold the interests of their constituents in high regard.

One final observation:  Most people who work for a living have people who they answer to, whether those people are called customers or employers or whatever. 

I wonder what would happen to Quayle et. al. if they took their open contempt for the people who pay their salaries to private sector jobs? 

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