Skip to comments.Libs Outraged Over Paul Ryan’s $350 Bottle of Wine, Silent When Nancy Pelosi Drowned $101,000
Posted on 07/11/2011 9:40:14 AM PDT by Nachum
For some reason the libs werent so outraged when Obaama served $399 bottles of wine at his taxpayer-funded state dinner
but Libs today were stunned and outraged that popular conservative Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) ordered a $350 bottle of wine for dinner in New York.
TPM reported, via Ann Althouse:
When [Professor Feinberg] saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Ryans table had ordered, she quickly looked it up on the wine list and saw that it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the house along with one other with the same pricetag.
Feinberg, an economist by training, was even more appalled when the table ordered a second bottle .
We were just stunned, said Feinberg
She was outraged
. [my emphasis]
(Excerpt) Read more at bigjournalism.com ...
Ryan should give that money to FR!
Hmmm...I notice that they don’t state that Mr. Ryan paid the bill himself. Unlike Obummer and Pelousy, who sent the bill to the taxpayers.
If he bought it with his own money, nothing further to say.
Actually, you know what’s outrageous? A restaurant that charges $350 for a $200 bottle of wine.
Why would they care what someone pay themselves for moderate priced wines? Obiviousl none of them are educated or cultured enough to know that $399 is not an expensive bottle more a moderate priced because it can be much more expensive than that one is!
THere are no sources, or references, that back up the truth of this story. This does not sound like Paul. Was he alone? Dining with friends? Who picked up the tab?
They were outraged because Ryan was spending his own money on the wine instead of using an apparatus of the state to seize the money from a taxpayer under force of law and use it to buy wine.
This class envy is a broken tool but I'm sure some people still love to hate.
If he bought that wine with his own money, we’re paying our so-called public servants too damn well.
And what did Professor Feinberg have? Night Train?
I am outraged about what it costs to fly Michelle Obama’s fat ass around on her vacations.
He should do whatever he damned well pleases with his money.
Exactly, and if you read the whole account, you see Ryan paid for the meal himself.
You also see that this Professor Feinberg was probably drunk--she admits to drinking at least half a bottle of wine before going over to Ryan's table to demand to know how much the wine cost.
The bottom line is that this is just some nosy Lib yenta who made a spectacle of herself when she was half in the bag. No surprises there--something I've seen a million times before in NYC restaurants.
oh my...stunned, outraged, my oh my oh my. At least it was paid for by him out of his personal funds and not a fund raiser. Hope you enjoyed your wine Paul...good for you. In their face as they have done to us. Now the worm has turned.
Meh. Maybe he had money before he was elected to Congress. I could spend $350 on a bottle of wine, and still pay the mortgage and the utility bills. At least I’d get some enjoyment out of it, unlike the electronics my husband blows much more than that on.
Hey, gotta keep those po' folks out somehow!
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a restaurant with wine costing that much, but you can get some at “Total Wine.”
I don’t get wine when eating out because I know what it costs for the same bottle at the grocery store or wine retailer, but if Rep. Ryan wants to, fine with me.
I’m outraged Professor Feinberg can afford to dine at restaurants that sever expensive wines. I haven’t been to a restaurant in about 3 years.
Absolutely. Someone saying what someone else SHOULD do with their money is dangerous. It’s Paul Ryan’s money and he can toss it in the trash if he so chose. The point being it is HIS money and therefore not for anyone else to suggest what he do with it.
Is Pro. Feinberg one of the SOROS CREW that is detailed (and paid) to follow around GOP politicians and report/video their every step and breath?
We paid for it all whether the bill was sent or not. Ryan is paid by taxpayers so even if he ‘paid’ for it himself it was still paid with our money.
According to the documents, then-Speaker Pelosis military travel cost the United States Air Force (read taxpayers) $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period$101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.
One CODEL (Congressional Delegation) started out in D.C., stopped down in Tel Aviv, Israel, and then flew on to Baghdad, Iraq on 5-15-2008, for a five day mission to discuss matters of mutual concern with government leaders and their spouses and cost $17, 931 per hour in aircraft alone.
Note: The FOIA reveals that on a 2007 stop in Israel, CODEL could only bring Kosher items into the hotel; Kosher alcohol for mixing beverages in the delegation room was purchased on the local economy i.e. Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Tequila, etc. The very in-the-know bar lists of all types of booze she and her parties tossed down include Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Baileys Irish Creme, Makers Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac ..
Openly threatening our military Pelosi intermediary: It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable. . The speaker will want to know where the planes are. . wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Inter-parliamentary Affairs.
She also warned our military that This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker!
Most of Pelosis USAF taxi trips... (Excerpt) Read more at coachisright.com ...
I can buy about 77 boxes of my favorite wine for $399. WOW!!!
And where does your MONEY come from?
Just checked his personal financial disclosure forms. Doesn’t look like he’s hurting. In which case we’re definitely paying the guy too much. And in any case, anyone who’s dumb enough to pay that much money for overpriced grape juice us not someone I want to trust with my tax dollars.
This reports only some of the facts.
The remaining facts include:
- Mr. Ryan didn’t actually order the wine. One of his friends ordered the wine - 2 bottles - of which Mr. Ryan consumed one glass. Mr. Ryan was unaware of the cost of the wine when it was ordered;
- When Mr. Ryan became aware of the cost, he was surprised, but insisted so that there would be no appearance of an illegal gratuity, that the cost of one full bottle be added to his check, which included his own meal and the tip for what he paid;
- His check came to something like $480 or $490 or so, which included the $350 bottle of wine, $80 for a tip, taxes, and the cost of his food;
- When interviewed later, he said he saw no problem with folks paying $350 for a bottle of wine, if that’s how they wanted to spend their money, but that wasn’t how he liked to spend his own money. He would not have ever ordered a $350 bottle of wine, knowing the price.
Other interesting tidbits include the fact that the woman was belligerant, half-stoned, and attracted the unwanted attention of most of the restaurant when she made her scene.
Liberals are filth.
Is there something that caused your outrage by me pointing out that Ryan is paid by tax dollars?
Two WRONGS don’t make it right, shame on Paul Ryan, unless he paid the bill out of own pocket???
I have one glass of wine to to my dinner meals = Oak Leaf from Wal-Mart @ $2.97/bottle!!!
That is the dumbest statement of the day. It ceased to be your money when it was deposited by the treasury.
Ryan was paid by the Treasury with proceeds from taxes. It then becomes his money and, if legal, he can spend it as he pleases.
To assert some personal ownership in Ryan’s property as a result of paying taxes is ludicrous
Not to worry. It turns out that he didn’t even order the wine (though he insisted on paying for it to avoid the appearance of receiving a gratuity).
This is a non-issue. Ryan appears to have acted with punctilious propriety.
True, but so what? Are you saying that because he is a Congressman, he has to only buy things that we approve of? We set a salary for Congress. If we think its too high, we can pressure them to reduce it. But once we set the salary, the Congressmen can spend it on whatever they see fit, whether its expensive wine, expensive clothes, a gun collection, private schools for their kids or whatever.
By that logic, every time an Army Buck sergeant enjoys a beer you are paying for it.
No more beer for the military! /s
It’s his salary; his money and none of your business.
I hope this is not a true or accurate story.
I have always been a huge fan of Ryan, but I have to say it bothers me—Hard to explain, but for lack of better description, it looks elitist. Majority of folks in Wisco/Janesville are not able to afford that. It makes him look like he has caught the elite flu that so many Washington pols have caught. Middle class in fly-over country are are cutting back, people are fearful of job loss, etc. they are not buying $350 wine. Ryan is not seemingly representing them when he buys 2 bottles of $350 wine.
Yes, it is his money and he can buy what he wants, but it looks out-of-place to me as a public servant who is being supported, elected paid by middle tax classpayers in Janesville who cannot afford such affluence. In other words, unlike many families in fly-over country, it must be nice to not be worried about salary, job, retirement, kids’ education, etc. He obviously doesn’t need a contribution from me and perhaps these pols are too well-paid?
Unlike another poster, I think a $350 wine is not a moderately priced bottle of wine. I have friends who are fairly wealthy upper middle class (VP level), and they don’t drink one $350 bottles of wine—let alone order a second one...
I guess my disappointment is that I truly thought he was different from the Washington elite, now I am not so sure. Sort of reminds me of Obama and his lavish dinners and vacations. Even if Ryan paid for it and did not write it off, $700 on wine still smacks of Washington affluence, and I would have thought he would have known how that could come off.....but that Washington flu distorts perceptions of what rest of country is going thru....
As long as he pays for it himself I don’t care what Ryan drinks. At least he’s not on some Air Force jet he commandeered eating and drinking on the taxpayers dime.
I thought I was cheap... my wine comes from twist top
bottles with an picture of an older Italian guy on the label...
Don’t be ridiculous.
I am not a real wine expert, but I would like to know what makes one bottle cost $20, and the other cost $350. Sometime, I want to taste some $350 wine and see if you can actually tell it from a $20 brand..........jus’ sayin....
” Courvoisier cognac .. “
No Remy Martin?
Given that Pelosi was our first madame House Speaker and the most successful one in history passing hundreds of bills that never even made it into law (those worthless men Obama and Reid didnt hold up their end), a tiny $2M for these official sounding Pelosi friend and family vacation trips is just a drop in the bucket.
Beohner could only dream of passing so many bills that never got into law like Pelosi did.
Are you for real? Ryan isn't living off of us, he was elected...he gets a salary and he paid for the wine with his own money. Once the government cuts him a check it belongs to Ryan alone, not us. However, as many of the articles on this subject tell us....Nancy Pelosi sucked up booze on our dime...over $100thousand dollars worth.
I might have missed your comment, but you were taken to task (and rightly so) ...then you proceeded to hassle anyone who called you out on it. Reread your own words and think about it.
Ryan did nothing wrong......NOTHING at all, except getting stalked by a liberal hag...er nag.
Same thing with whisky and cigars...there are a lot of good ones but you know it when you get a great one.
Now...as for women...
oops......the hundred thousand was for food and booze...RME
You have to get a little tanked before you push old ladies over the cliff.