A little-discussed perk for Congressmen is that – should they choose – they can lease vehicles with taxpayer dollars.
Recent reports found that 80 members of Congress are doing exactly that – and ten of those eighty leases total more than $1,000 per month.
Only two of Missouri’s nine Congressmen cash in on the program… and both are in the $1,000 + per month club.
Not surprisingly, these Congressmen are St. Louis Rep. Lacy Clay and Kansas City Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. Clay leases a $1,058 per month Ford hybrid (going green while wasting ours) and, not to be outdone, Cleaver tops the list with a $1,900 per month lease on a converted airport shuttle that runs on veggie oil (pimp that bus!) because if you’re going to take taxpayer money to lease a vehicle, why not get ridiculous about it?
Here’s where the absurdity of the situation comes into focus: the usual argument for taxpayer-funded vehicles is that Congressmen in rural districts spend a lot of time on the road driving from city to city. And yet both Clay and Cleaver live in the (only) two compact, urban, city-centric districts in the state.
It flies in the face of common sense.
The Republican Representatives from Missouri have large, rural districts and yet not one uses a taxpayer-leased car, truck, or pimped-out airport shuttle.
Russ Carnahan is the only Missouri Democrat who does not have a taxpayer-leased vehicle, although when you’re a pompous gas-bag full of hot air you don’t really need ground transportation, do you?
Cleaver and Clay should take a clue from their fellow Missouri Representatives – the Republicans – and use their own salaries on their cars, not ours.