Lawmakers enjoy a stimulating boondoggle

There they go again.

Our elected leaders in Congress have once again demonstrated how out of touch they are with mainstream America. If you want a good example, get a copy of today's Wall Street Journal and read about the bipartisan boondoggle by 10 members of Congress and their wives.

According to the Journal:

When 10 members of Congress wanted to study climate change, they did more than just dip their toes into the subject: They went diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. They also rode a cable car through the Australian rain forest, visited a penguin rookery and flew to the South Pole.

These dedicated public servants traveled thousands of miles by luxury jet, spent tens of thousands of dollars on luxury hotel rooms and consumed hundreds of thousands of calories in luxury food all in the name of climate change research. And all of this happened over New Year's 2008, while the U.S. was beginning its descent into the worst recession since the 1930s.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Some say he did it because he was crazy, but maybe he was just doing "research."