Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Paul Plane Trips Draw Scrutiny to Federal Spending Hawk
Fox News ^ | Published January 16, 2012 | AP

Posted on 01/16/2012 9:03:39 AM PST by marty60

epublican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state. The practice conflicts with the image that Paul portrays as the only presidential candidate serious about cutting federal spending. Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washington and his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses. Four other round-trip tickets and two other one-way tickets purchased during the period were eligible for upgrades to first-class after they were bought, but those upgrades would not be documented in the expense records.

Paul, whose distrust of big government is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, trusts the more expensive government rate for Continental Airlines when buying his tickets. Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren't refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said. "We always get him full refundable tickets since the congressional schedule sometimes changes quickly," said Jeff Deist, Paul's chief of staff. Paul might have to pay out of his own pocket for canceled flights in some cases if he didn't buy refundable tickets, Deist said. But records show that most of the flights for Paul were purchased well in advance and few schedule changes were necessary. Nearly two-thirds of the 49 tickets were purchased at least two weeks in advance, and 42 percent were bought at least three weeks in advance, the AP's review found. Paul charged taxpayers nearly $52,000 on the more expensive tickets, or $27,621 more than the.......

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/16/paul-plane-trips-draw-scrutiny-to-federal-spending-hawk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo#ixzz1jdnQfv1M

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hypocrite; paul; ronpaul
Do as I say not as I do.
1 posted on 01/16/2012 9:03:47 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: marty60

I’’m sure its a pittance to what the Obamas have spent....


2 posted on 01/16/2012 9:05:55 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marty60

I am NOT a Ron Paul fan, but I’ll bet this is very modest spending by congressional standards. They all spend money hand over fist, and live, dine, and travel like kings.

Ron Paul is a big porkulist, and the money involved in that is far larger.


3 posted on 01/16/2012 9:08:24 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: illiac

Yes their personal spending reflects their attitude toward YOUR tax money.


4 posted on 01/16/2012 9:09:30 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cicero

Ron Paul is a big porkulist, and the money involved in that is far larger.

boy is that true.!!!


5 posted on 01/16/2012 9:11:37 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: illiac
When Ron Paul first ran for Congress, decades ago, he ran on a "Term Limits" platform. Ron Paul also ran as a fiscal hawk. Well, those of us paying attention and who are not so weak as to jump into a cult, know that Ron Paul is a typical politician.

Ron Paul is a vote whore, will do and say anything to get your vote. What has Ron Paul accomplished towards those goals since he first go elected? ZERO!

6 posted on 01/16/2012 9:14:16 AM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: marty60

This strikes me as one of those petty things probably put out their to distract from all of Paul’s real problems. This pales in comparison to his massive pork spending. This is nothing compared to calling Israel an apartheid state and saying they are running concentration camps while shortly later, saying we should have empathy for Iran.. and so on and so on and so on...


7 posted on 01/16/2012 9:15:01 AM PST by mnehring
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marty60

Paul should have to reimburse the taxpayers in gold.


8 posted on 01/16/2012 9:16:00 AM PST by DannyTN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: illiac

So what? He’s still a liar and a hypocrite.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 9:16:15 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: marty60

Read the article closely - He uses his mileage to upgrade to First Class.

And let’s figure it our 31 first class upgrades since 2009 - 3 years, that is 10 upgrades per year.

I’m guessing that most of the time he is just flying with the rest of us.

Finally - Dr. Paul never has spent his entire Congressional Budget for office expense. He returns some of his allocated budget every year


10 posted on 01/16/2012 9:16:34 AM PST by vooch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
I am NOT a Ron Paul fan, but I’ll bet this is very modest spending by congressional standards.

I'm not a fan either. I think members of Congress should be able to make a reasonable number of trips first class back to their districts as a legitimate expense. However, it should be done in the least expensive way possible. The tickets should be bought in bulk and any miles or other perks should be returned to the taxpayer.

11 posted on 01/16/2012 9:20:42 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

Yeah I love the line. “Well if earmarks are available I will get them for my district” PARA

Hey Ron

“JUST SAY NO”

Practice what you preach.


12 posted on 01/16/2012 9:22:12 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: marty60
According the Texas Independent, Paul was one of only four House Republicans to break with his party’s earmark moratorium in 2011: “Paul sent 41 earmark requests totaling $157,093,544 for the 2011 Fiscal Year” and “For Fiscal Year 2010, Paul requested 54 total earmarks, adding up to $398,460,640 in pork that the former presidential candidate sought to bring home to his district.” (The paper noted that his 2010 requests “were made prior to the House Republican Conference’s voluntary ban on filing earmarks.”) His earmark requests are listed on his congressional Web site.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/ron-paul-big-government-libertarian/2012/01/03/gIQAVj1QYP_blog.html

13 posted on 01/16/2012 9:32:13 AM PST by McGruff (Go Nuclear Newt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

like all politicians....
FULL OF BULL SHIT AND LIES!!!!


14 posted on 01/16/2012 9:37:07 AM PST by haircutter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: McGruff

I am soooooooooooooooo tired of hypocrites.


15 posted on 01/16/2012 9:40:45 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: marty60

Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state.

Flying first class on a scheduled air carrier is still a lot less expensive then flying to California weekly on her highness, madam Pelosi’s 757.


16 posted on 01/16/2012 9:53:24 AM PST by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chainsaw

Not a dimes worth of difference. It’s about the sense of entitlement not the amt. How do they compare on earmarks?


17 posted on 01/16/2012 9:56:45 AM PST by marty60
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: illiac

Exactly. Wh oever brought this up had a lot of balls after we see the amounts Obama, his wife , Valerie Jarrett and Biden are spending flying around the country to fund raisers at our expense.


18 posted on 01/16/2012 9:57:02 AM PST by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]




Click the Pic

End Freepathons!
Sheesh!! Do It Now!


Donate today
SIR! MONTHLY, SIR!

Sponsors will donate $10
For each new monthly sign-up

19 posted on 01/16/2012 10:27:04 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks marty60.
Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren't refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said.
But y'know, it's not the principle of the thing that matters, it's the *dollar amount*...


20 posted on 01/16/2012 10:29:36 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Back when I worked for the man full time, we were often required to use government rate tickets because we changed our flights so often. Yes, they are more expensive for most trips, but they are less expensive when the flight change charges are considered.

On balance, was it better? Only an analysis of what it would have cost with the cheaper rates plus the increased charges for the times he actually changed his flight plan compared to the government rate will tell.

More data required.


21 posted on 01/16/2012 11:24:11 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson