Congress Pretty Psyched to Give More of Your Money to Hotels
Almost as long as there's been a Jaunted, Nevada Senator and current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pissing off Jaunted bloggers. In 2008 we took sardonic note of his idiotic statement blaming tourists for the annual DC summer stench. In 2009 we called him a "travel busybody" for killing a bill that would have limited how much Vegas hotels could benefit from stimulus funding. Later that year we rolled our eyes at his push to fine foreign tourists and use that money to promote "Vegas-style tourism." In 2010 we predicted that he'd keep doing that nonsense for a while.
By this summer we had just gone ahead and dumped him into our bad ideas category. Of the politicians involved in travel politics, he is not the most subtle.
So would it surprise you to learn that Reid is at it again? This time he's pushing to increase the amount that government employees pay for hotels when they travel. Just to be clear: he's not merely trying to avoid cuts in how much the government pays for hotel rooms, maybe to keep the industry afloat while we wait for the economy to pick up. He is literally saying that hotels aren't getting enough for housing government workers, and that he'd like to change that so hotels get more taxpayer money.
Some have suggested that the Leader's stance might be connected to how he gets huge, incredible amounts of financial backing from hotel lobbies. We're always reluctant to level accusations like that. So we'll content ourselves with echoing the closer from View from the Wing: "somewhat strange." It really is, isn't it?
[Photo: United States Congress / Wiki Commons]