The Daily Press is reporting that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine apparently spent $500,000 of your taxpayer dollars providing buses to bring 75,000 supporters to the inauguration of President Barack Obama earlier this month. Yeah, in his spare time he fills in as Virginia’s Governor as well. You’d hardly know that from his comments, however.
Kaine’s grand solution here is to request that the federal government reimburse Virginia for this unnecessary and irresponsible expenditure, after the fact. So much after the fact that the reimbursement request hadn’t yet been made. Had it not been for a caller questioning Kaine during this month’s WRVA show, one has to wonder whether the idea of getting reimbursement would have ever been raised.
So simply switching which pot of taxpayer dollars is going to pay for this is going to make everything better. Why in the heck isn’t he asking the Democratic National Committee to reimburse the costs here? Or the inaugural committee? Regardless of where the taxpayer dollars are coming from, spending any taxpayer dollars providing transportation to an inaugural is utterly outrageous. Yet we’re all supposed to feel better now that the head of the National Democratic Party is going to go grovel to the President in the hopes His Obamination will bail out the leader of his party.
You just have to wonder what public good could have been accomplished with these scarce public funds, had not the DNC Chairman felt he could independently appropriate public funds to celebrate with Maximum Leader and 75,000 fellow travellers.
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