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Only Sanford Could Go To China?

WITH HIS SON, TOO … U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford was … and is … a reliable pro-free market, pro-liberty vote in the U.S. Congress. One of the few, actually.  So this website cuts him a fair amount of slack because we know he’s almost always going to vote the right…

WITH HIS SON, TOO …

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford was … and is … a reliable pro-free market, pro-liberty vote in the U.S. Congress. One of the few, actually.  So this website cuts him a fair amount of slack because we know he’s almost always going to vote the right way.

But Sanford has also proven to have a weak spot when it comes to taxpayer-subsidized travel … something we thought he’d have learned his lesson on by now.

Apparently not …

Courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, Sanford and his son Bolton took a trip to China last week – a boondoggle that featured seven other lawmakers and their “plus ones,” including U.S. Rep. Tom Rice and his wife, Wrenzie Rice.

Ostensibly, the delegation is traveling to study China’s port and transportation infrastructure – which strikes us as a pretty thin rationalization.

It’s no surprise that Rice would participate in such a boondoggle – and bring his wife along with him.  He’s been one of the most fiscally liberal “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. –  just as we predicted he would be.

But Sanford?  Surely he knows that trips like this are precisely the sort of thing that (justifiably) outrage America’s tapped out taxpayers – even if they are but drops in the bucket of the federal government’s Everest-sized mountain of debt.

There’s a case to be made (a weak one) that lawmakers should be permitted to travel abroad on government-subsidized “fact-finding” missions like this.  But in no universe should we be forced to shell out airfare, accommodations or any other travel-related expense for a politicians’ wife or other family member.

That’s simply indefensible … although it’s standard operating procedure at the state level, too.

Accordingly, we would call on Sanford and Rice to reimburse taxpayers for any expenses incurred by their relatives on these trips.  We would also call on the U.S. Congress to stop the practice of subsidizing travel for relatives of politicians.

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33 comments

Tisk Tisk August 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

You need to cut him some more slack, the all you can eat buffet’s over there are awesome.

Maybe he’ll find another soul mate there too.

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Manray August 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

Those “soul mates” are a dime a dozen.

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Same ol' Same ol' August 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Twenny dolla, we love you long time… you get happy ending.
I’m sure they don’t remember if they flew business or coach. (like the Queen)

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Smirks August 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

“Come on, son, I’ll show you how to pick up exotic strange on the taxpayers’ dime.”

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Bobby Smirks August 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

“Daddy, please don’t touch me that way again.”

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bogart August 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Very inappropriate comment.

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delbert norquest August 21, 2014 at 4:56 am

Ah…. but then again have you not noticed that this is a very inappropriate web site. Definition of Chinese pussy-tounge chow

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sparklecity August 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

As far as I’m concerned the militery duty shirking SOB should have stayed in China.
But because he votes the way FITS likes, FITS will continue to be his water boy.
For all I know it could have been FITS that cleaned up the pig shit on the Statehouse floor because it sure as hell wasn’t Sanfraud that cleaned up the pig shit after he caused a mess.
FITS admitted he picked out the pigs (along with a Dept. of Natural Resources law officer on taxpayer money) for his boss sometime back (will that be in you book FITS???)
Sometimes I just wonder……………………………………………

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Doody August 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

Sanford has already taken that kid to China once. Remember he wrote Maria about his “world wind” trip? As for Sanford reimbursing taxpayers: Yeah, right.

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southmauldin August 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Guess he’s teaching his kid how to be a freeloading grifter. Are you paying attention, Trey Harrell?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Was that when she let “the genius out of the bottle”?

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Sandi Morals August 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Mark Sanford for helping South Carolina thrive economically and your support on issues of ‘life’. We stand behind you.

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Saluda Rapids August 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

On the former, you forgot the smiley face, b/c that is a joke. On the latter, you are correct…he cares about life…his OWN and no one else. Even Nikki can call him a hypocrite with a straight face.

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Sandi Morals August 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Mark Sanford for helping South Carolina thrive economically and your support on issues of ‘life’. We stand behind you.

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Squishy123 August 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Why are taxpayers paying for the “plus one”?

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The Colonel August 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

“Why are taxpayers paying for the “plus one”?
It’s cheaper than paying bail when Senator Foghorn Leghorn gets picked up for pandering?

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Bill August 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

How about the taxpayers pay for neither. Let him rot in jail or pay his own bail.

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So sorry August 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Unfortunately, we aren’t given that option. We are to pay every tax our elected masters decide to burden us with.

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Deo Vindice SC August 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm

THERE ARE NO LAWS IN SC FOR PEOPLE THE TAXPAYERS ELECT. Get it ?

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jennyss62 August 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Is he coming back please say no?

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ever the same August 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

This is practically history, Sic. Are your clicks low? OK, I’ll help out, but no news here.
Everyone knows Sanford is notorious for using other peoples’ money to live his life, make ends meet, project his awesomeness. He’s always telling everyone about how he has “aced” everything in his life (except of course for that terrible “Storm” period… but it was a LOVE story I tell you!!!) Cheaters always cheat, cut corners. They are character disordered for gosh sakes. Wasn’t it last year, he got an exception to bring his former mistress to Israel? They must have been due for a getaway or he owed her for something. Now he takes one of his sons overseas. Probably this son has felt overlooked of late and Sanford is again leaning on the taxpayer to cover his ass. Hope his son at least gets some good out of Sanford’s douchery. All of those boys deserve some TLC.

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bogart August 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Will he be flying first class……or will he also suffer the Haley forgetfulness? He took soul mate on the last trip,glad his son gets some time.

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Bill August 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Mark Sanford is a walking talking taxpayer subsidized entity. Over the past two decades the Taxpayers have given this taker millions of dollars for absolutely nothing in return.

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carrie August 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

What’s the story about his mistress? Aren’t the wedding bells ringing? Is this her chance to make wedding preparations while no one is looking?

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ever the same August 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Could be, Carrie. If I was his kid, don’t think Chapur would ever be my favorite person. Father-Son time on the taxpayer dime, is sublime! Isn’t this one of the sons whose college account was in need of funding by Sanford? Maybe he is hoping to get him a free scholarship at “The State” University over there. Or earn money for school teaching English.

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Bible Thumper August 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm

What! No picture of María pouting.

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partner up August 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Maria must develop a stiff upper lip. Or eat the sh!t sandwich as ChumpLady would opine. Pouting will not be tolerated. His greatness is doing the peoples’ business.

We are due for some glossy photos, released to CNN, glamorizing their unfettered togetherness. Perhaps the wedding pics will serve.

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Tazmaniac August 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Mark Sanford is so terrible, yet he bitch slapped Stephen Colbert and his dopey sister. So how horrible did the Colberts’ have to be to lose?

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Republican Humor August 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Wow!

A REPUBLICAN wins in a District that hasnt elected a Democrat in over THIRTY years!

Yep Colbert should hang his head in shame.

Some real deep analysis there !

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Tazmaniac August 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

True, but the Colberts had it wrapped up due to his “star power” and her wonderful game plan, at least according to the liberal blogs and press at the time.

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Republican Humor August 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

So?

Sanford won because he was the Republican.

If Colberts sister had been the Republican candidate?

SHE would have won.

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Deo Vindice SC August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

It’s South Carolina people. You voted for him again. Remember, a what ? Republican !!! What I was told he played 2 golf games and made a hole in 2. Just get used to the bills you have to pay. You people are idiots !

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GrandTango August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

Typical Liberal-Tarian. Preach one thing, then do exactly what he piously bashes anyone else for doing. You cannot trust them.

It’s why Liberal-Trians need to be soundly rejected for the insane clown posse they are.

PS:Government-sanctioned marriage, based on sexual preference, was knocked down by the SCOTUS (bet FITS crapped his pants) yesterday. read about it on SCPD…

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