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Jet-setting Panetta most
expensive defense secretary, with
$32,000 tab per weekend trip

Washington Times, by Susan Crabtree

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/5/2013 11:39:29 AM

As Leon Panetta ends a decades-long Washington career capped by his service as defense secretary, he has said repeatedly he is ready to get back to his family’s bucolic walnut ranch off the central coast of California. But over the last four years, while serving a CIA director and defense secretary, he already has been spending a lot of time there, continuing a cross-country commute back to Monterey, Calif. nearly every weekend on the taxpayer’s dime. Even though Mr. Panetta acknowledges traveling back to California on nearly a weekly basis, he has declined to say exactly how many trips

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Ain´t it grand to be a part of the Washington elite. s/o Your tax dollars at work.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MMC, 2/5/2013 11:44:24 AM     (No. 9159763)

As a tax payer... It is time for fiscal accountability.. Demand foia reports... Hound those sucking the coffers dry..

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/5/2013 12:09:19 PM     (No. 9159857)

Leon done set up his own money machine with his school of public affairs at a california university. He will bleed that sucker dry, and will get lots of federal grants...
The dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, has, over the years, been a strong academic. But no more.
The current maxwell dean, steinberg, was HIllary´s second in command at State - the person who should have been in charge of the day to day operations while hillary was on her winetasting trips.
And there are newspaper rumblings that Hillary will be hired as a professor at maxwell. (those schools hire a celebrity professor, give them a limited size seminar with the students screeened carefully, and a nice gig is created for the political hack.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 2/5/2013 12:21:35 PM     (No. 9159887)

Now we know why breakfasts were cut out. There have to be priorities, after all.

FTA: After 40 years of public service, starting out as a U.S. congressman and ending as the top civilian post at the Pentagon with a stint as the nation’s top spymaster in between, no one can deny that Mr. Panetta, 74, deserves a peaceful retirement and a more relaxed schedule that allows him to help run the eponymous Panetta Institute for Public Policy he and his wife founded a number of years ago [AKA "scam"].

Well, count me as the first to say he doesn´t deserve ´a peaceful retirement,´ not while he´s stood with his boot on the taxpayers´ necks and rifled their wallets!

FTA: Each flight home and back cost the Pentagon an estimated $32,000, but Mr. Panetta is only required to pay $630 per trip — the cost of an equivalent roundtrip commercial flight.

The technical term for this is "racket."

If done by, say, a corporate CEO, it would likely mean firing and maybe jail time.

Panetta´s office released a clarifying statement: "Well, of course he´s contemptuous of the American citizen-taxpayer. That´s a big part of being a ´big-shot´ D.C. politicrook."

Remember that Dick Cheney walked away from a legitimate near-$8 million-bonus when he ran for VP first time, IIRC?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/5/2013 12:40:21 PM     (No. 9159933)

No matter how cynical I get, I just cannot keep up with this Administration.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NYBruin, 2/5/2013 12:44:34 PM     (No. 9159950)

I heard the NPR interview last weekend and was apalled at his sense of entitlement.

And this from a man who was once known as a deficit hawk!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/5/2013 1:18:50 PM     (No. 9160044)

When you are a 100% slave to the Democrat party, these Cabinet jobs are one big party.

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