However brutal or irresponsible Roman emperor Nero may have been, he didn’t literally fiddle while Rome burned. The violin hadn’t been invented yet.
Our modern rulers, on the other hand, know the metaphorical instrument’s arpeggios and double-stops, fiddling with taxpayer dollars as our economy sputters and smolders.
Washington Post columnist Al Kamen passed along the news of nothing unusual, just another so-called fact-finding junket undertaken by intrepid congressfolk. Says Kamen, “Spring break is upon us. That means the skies will darken for two weeks with military jets winging our lawmakers and their spouses to faraway places in search of elusive facts.”
Representatives Ed Pastor, James Clyburn, Maurice Hinchey, John Salazar, Tim Ryan, and Rodney Alexander are winging their way south, to a check list of fascinating tourist spots, plus perhaps a Brazilian state dinner or two. Facts, facts, facts — at Copacabana Beach, Corcovado mountain, the beautiful Iguazu Falls, then on to Salvador.
You could probably pick up a lot of facts about these places from Wikipedia and YouTube. But hey — nothing like being there.
Mostly Democrats in this particular gang, but using taxpayer and lobbyist dollars to fund exotic jaunts to far-flung sumptuous locales is a bipartisan tradition.
The full cost is trivial.
This year? Not even a trillion dollars.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.