We disagree with the Public Citizen watchdog who criticized these global siestas.
The lawmakers describe these trips as fact-finding missions that will shape their thinking on legislation. Citing partisan stalemates on Capitol Hill, Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen instead calls them "vacations for retiring members of Congress."
We repudiate this mean-spirited criticism. After all the years Jean has spent raising taxes, bailing out Wall Street, jacking up spending and debt, and breaking numerous ethics laws, nobody deserves a series of free international expeditions more than our Congresswoman Schmidt. We are certain her dedicated Hamilton County acolytes will agree with us.
We tax hikers are still bitter at the way she was treated by Republican primary voters earlier this year. That military guy Brad Wenstrup had no right to run against her, and he certainly had no right to win. That was Jean's seat. She was entitled to hold it. Our Jean Schmidt will rise again....if she ever returns from her global travels.