Majority Leader Boehner (that's BAY-ner) depends on the kindness of strangers
Isn't it wonderful how generous people can be? Why, Representative Boehner (BAY-ner) has been showered with gifts! WaPo:
The [nonpartisan] Center for Public Integrity said that [House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio)] Boehner [BAY-ner] accepted 42 privately sponsored trips from January 2000 to December 2005. That put him on the road to other countries and "golfing hotspots," often with his wife, Debbie, for about half a year, "only nine days of which he listed as being 'at personal expense,' " the center said.
Boehner [BAY-ner] also flew at least 45 times on corporate jets owned by companies "with a financial stake in congressional affairs" from June 2001 through September 2005, the center reported. The corporations on whose planes Boehner flew included tobacco companies such as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (15 times), UST Inc. (seven times) and Swisher International Inc. (seven times).
"Golfing hotspots," eh? Corporate jets... Now, who does that remind me of? It'll come to me in a moment...
Of course, things were supposed to be different:
[Boehner BAY-ner] offered himself as an agent of change, especially on the issue of congressional ethics. The center concluded, however, that Boehner built "a network of political and business relationships" with corporations and other interests "not unlike" his predecessor, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), whose tenure in the job was controversial in large part because of his close ties to lobbyists and lobbying groups. DeLay stepped down last year after he was indicted in Texas on charges of political money laundering.
And, naturally, the Boehnher's [BAY-ner's] staffers all have their snouts in the trough as well:
Boehner's (BAY-ner's) staff has benefited from corporate-paid travel. The congressman approved trips taken by dozens of his aides from his personal office and the staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which he chaired starting in 2001. Over the past five years, the center said, his staff aides took more than 150 privately paid trips worth more than $200,000 to locations as far-flung as Japan and Europe.
Oh, I give up. "Boner" it is....