Connect The Dots : Jason Lewis’ Fine Art, Fine Dining, TV Eyes to Trump Parade

“There is not a department or agency in the federal government that can’t tighten its belt- no serious observer believes otherwise.

“As I’ve said so many times, the way to get our fiscal house in order is real ‘shared sacrifice’, where everyone has skin in the game when it comes to budget restraint. Instead, we get more of the same DC spending profligacy- ‘I’ll increase your budget if you increase mine’.

— Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) February 9, 2018

Congressman Jason Lewis was attempting to explain his NO vote on H.R. 1892 which established budget ‘caps’ for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 and provided for funding the government through March 23.

Yep, in two weeks there could be a government shutdown again … and maybe there should be … considering the reckless spending by the Trump Administration.

Minnesotans during the Obama years heard Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen’s constant refrain “Washington Must Do More With Less” … yet somehow, all we hear is silence now as the news media reports of questionable spending by the Trump Administration — Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt’s First Class air travel and $24,570 telephone booth, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s private plane trips and $139,000 doors, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s $31,561 furniture, et al — all who seem to have rejected the #PaulsenMantra.

Now, the word is out that President Trump has directed the Department of Defense to organize a parade that would take place on November 11 – Veterans Day … the cost has been estimated to be anywhere from $10 million to $30 million even as much as $50 million.

If you are a fiscal conservative, ya gotta be alarmed … and the one to blame is clearly Congress.
And considering that the Trump parade will be five days after the mid-term elections, government spending should be a factor in how votes are cast.

After all, the power of the purse starts and ends in Article One of the US Constitution outlining Legislative responsibilities.

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

Congress can stop the Trump parade by enacting H.R. 4980 The PARADE Act “Preventing Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures Act” … but that would require President Trump to sign it … which may be difficult.
Instead, they could do what Republicans have repeatedly done … simple include in the next government funding bill (remember they have a March 23 deadline) a restriction that no monies can be spent on a egoistic-motivated military parade.
(Admittedly, Jason Lewis may be new at being a Member of Congress and not know how to get things done, but he could talk to Michele Bachmann about how she denied funding over George Bush’s Lighting Efficiency Mandate … which House Republicans have continued on long after Congresswoman Bachmann presence in Congress ended.)

Funny thing is that ya gotta wonder if Michele Bachmann didn’t tell Congressman Lewis about TV Eyes.

Yep, we hear Congressman Lewis preach that everyone can “tighten its belt” … and that should obviously include Congressman Lewis, right ?

Let’s look at the most recent report of his Members Representational Allowance … and see some of his spending.

$1,500.00 TVEYES Inc. service contract for the period of October 1 through December 31, 2018.
FYI : TVEyes Media Monitoring Suite is a subscription-based product used by anyone who needs to know what is being broadcast on TV and radio in real-time — no waiting for it to appear on YOU-Tube ! Heaven forbid missing the opportunity to see cable talking heads discussing Jason Lewis most recent appearance on FOX, CNN, etc. … surely, you are a subscriber ????
(FunFact … TVEYES just lost in court when FOX News sued over copyright use … if Congressman Lewis cannot see himself on FOX clips, he may want to see about a refund.)

$297.91 to FineArtAmerica.Com in August
(Gosh, wouldn’t ya think a Congressional millionaire with a $174,000 salary would be able to purchase his own office art work instead of putting it on the taxpayer’s bill.)

And there are some meals the taxpayer’s paid … like September payments
$1,256.30 at CAVA MEZZE
$1,139.72 at CARMINE’S
$ 612.92 at CAPITOL HOST (RIDGEWELL)
(Gosh, since the taxpayer’s are paying the tab, shouldn’t they get to know who “Representative” Lewis invited to these meals and what was discussed?)

OK … that’s just the “finer things” … there is the important communications that Congressman Lewis does … like Telephone Town Halls (check his payments to iConstituent.LLC) which the taxpayers pay for.

And if you are not fortunate to be included in his TeleTownHall, you may have received a piece of mail from Congressman Lewis.
And, yes, paid for by the taxpayers.

Summary Tabulation of Mass Mailings Distributed by Each Member of the U.S. House of Representatives October 1, 2017 – January 2, 2018

U.S. Representative Honorable Lewis, Jason
Total No. Distributed 288,000
Average No. Distributed Per Household Address 1.0547
Total Cost $52,957.88
Average Cost Per Household Address 0.193

Hmmm … ya gotta admire a guy who tells you “There is not a department or agency in the federal government that can’t tighten its belt- no serious observer believes otherwise” … then spends your money questionably.

Sorta, makes you think that David Birn was onto something “It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible.”

And if you have heard it once, you’ve heard it 100 times, Trump voters got well and truly suckered, Part 100 … so ya gotta wonder if some voters are looking at Jason Lewis in the same way ???
Is there any doubt that if Angie Craig was spending on Fine Art, fine restaurants, subscribing to TV Eyes, and filling mailboxes with mass mailings, that they wouldn’t be outraged ?

Elections are November 6th … Congressman Lewis spending and his support (or opposition) to the Trump military parade should be consider by voters.

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