Federal spending has gone up more than 20 percent since Obama took office, according to a recent report. Many would say the spending was necessary to recover our recessed economy, but a quick glance at some of the costs implemented to keep the government running reveals that this is questionable.
Millions of dollars have gone toward funding for Nancy Pelosi’s office, printing “important” documents like the new Obamacare health care plan, student loan repayments (a benefit of working for the government), pension costs for retired congressional members, office supplies, electricity, food and tap water.
But it would be silly to think that affluent members of Congress would dare drink plain old tap water, wouldn’t it? Reports indicate that House members alone spent nearly $200,000 on bottled water during the first quarter of 2010.
I guess someone forgot to tell our political leaders about water filtration. Maybe our economy wouldn’t be in such shambles if they weren’t wasting money on pointless commodities like bottled water. Not to mention, there are so many people in undeveloped nations who don’t have access to clean water.
Nov. 2 is tomorrow, folks. Do your research and make sure to vote green in the 2010 elections.
In the spirit of politics, I’m going to allow myself to get very honest today…
I must admit – writing this post felt like pulling teeth for me – mainly because I’ve never really taken much of an interest in politics. However, when it comes to caring for our environment, I’m always interested, and our political leaders should be too.
Every year, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) publishes a National Environmental Scorecard to help voters be more informed about the stance of political candidates on certain key environmental issues, including:
Climate Change & Clean Energy
Public Lands Protection
Clean Water Funding
Land and Water Conservation
The LCV has taken the time to map out the voting records of each Congressional candidate for each environmental issue since 1970. As one writer recently pointed out, and as many jaded Americans may already know, merely judging a politician by his words is not enough. Actions speak louder than words, and some of this year’s candidates have been “blowing green smoke” for quite some time. The LCV website has an online archive of every National Environmental Scorecard published, leaving voters with no excuse when it comes to knowing which candidates truly care about the environment. Take a look at the voting record of the representatives in your state, before you vote on November 2, and make sure to vote green this year!