Originally Posted by thewise1
I don't see how it flies in the face of being a maverick reformer, but perhaps I'm just uninformed.
If I'm hired to do a job, and I'm legally able to pull both a salary and a per diem, I'm going to collect both while I do my job. In fact, I'm on a per diem right now, though I'm not at home in my case. If I could collect one while I was at home, then that would be part of my compensation package, and guess what... I wouldn't turn it down.
Yet, the difference between you two is that you aren't living at home, nor are you the governor of a state. She is getting paid 125,000 a year (from what I've read somewhere, can't remember where, I've seen so many figures in the past week or so), while collecting on a certain per diem every day that she isn't in office, but is at her own home. A per diem, as I assume you know, is used to cover travel expenses and food. She is then getting paid twice for groceries (her paycheck = 1, her per diem = 2), as well as car expenses. So, should she become President if McCain is elected (as 9 VPs have), would she rather run her executive duties from her home? If that's the case, will she collect on a federal per diem?
On that note, an adviser mentioned that it was there so she took it. That doesn't really seem like an ender of wasteful spending.
I understand if a working class individual as yourself would collect a salary and per diem while being away from work, but an elected official who runs on the docket as a "reformer" and one who ends wasteful spending, I don't think it's a wise choice. Nor do I think is it a wise choice for her to comp her family travels with state money.
Her response was that "The [incumbent --don't recall his name] spent more" implying the activity itself is okay, as long as you spend less than your predecessor.
To me, that's not necessarily the least-flippant fiscal policy. I think if she is going to run on the rug of fiscally responsible and as an economic reformer, she shouldn't have been so prodigal with her per diem and traveling with her family. That's just my opinion, though.