British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is engaged in a new conflict over expense reports she submitted which included films ordered by her husband. The interesting question is under which category of an expense report does a film fall? I assume it is entertainment which certainly is an important need for those who serve in the government. Of course, they could also secure access to entertainment if they spent a few more days in the halls of Parliament and listened to MPs discuss what exactly is the need for its members to include films they watch as part of their government expenses. Left wing MP, Harry Cohen, is under fire for having charged his “second home” to the tune of $550,000 over the past few decades. He insists that back in 1980, then Conservative Prime Minister John Moore told MP “go out boys and spend it” in reference to a new bill which authorized paying for expenses.
How about a really radical left wing suggestion– pay MPs and members of the US Congress a salary and that’s it! If you want to watch adult films or go to strip joints, you are on your own. If you want to spend time with your sister, as did Jacqui Smith, call it a visit, but don’t claim it is your second home. Pay them and then they are on their own! Now, Mr. Left Wing, Harry Cohen, that is what left wingers not only believe but live out in their lives. I hate to tell you this, Mr. Cohen, but when you go out and “spend it” the “it” is the money of working people.