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The latest news from the blasted wasteland of austerity

Even as Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) complains that the ravages of austerity threaten to starve her retinue of six-figure aides because they can't afford good meals at tony Washington cafes any more, we learn that the IRS blew $60,000 making a Star Trek parody video (in which a U.S.S. Enterprise staffed by IRS agents approaches a hostile planet called "Notax"). 

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden took his gigantic imperial retinue on a fun-filled trip through London (where he rented out 136 five-star $500-per-night luxury hotel rooms for a total bill exceeding $459,000.  Then it was on to Paris, where Sultan Joe blew a cool $585,000 putting up his vast entourage at the Intercontinental Paris le Grand for a single night.  All payable by you, dear taxpayer.

Will the brutality of sequestration never end?  How are our noble public servants supposed to endure these Spartan lifestyles of austerity?  Wasserman Schultz was heard to remark that her army of congressional aides might just start looking for work in the private sector, because tightwad taxpayers are forcing them to make do without gourmet appetizers at their elegant luncheons.  Good luck with that, kids.  Unlike the Army of Debt you currently serve in, the private sector hasn't been hiring much for several years now, and the perks are nothing like what you've become accustomed to.



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