Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Members of Congress Don’t Pay Their Parking Tickets

We all hate parking or other tickets. I get a couple of them a year here in Chicago, for various things. But you know what I do when I get them? I go online and pay. It’s very easy nowadays. You don’t even need a stamp. Just go to the website, punch in your ticket number, and pay it with a credit card. Usually I do this within a day or two of receiving the ticket.

This process is apparently too difficult for some members of Congress.

According to this article, members of Congress were carrying $15,000 in outstanding unpaid tickets. It’s pretty unbelievable that things like doing taxes and paying parking tickets are too much for our elected representatives.
Three-quarters of those tickets, worth about $11,500, were in default at the time of the survey, having gone more than 60 days, and in some cases years, without payment.
Sure, just ignore it. It will go away.

Roll Call’s inquiry appears to have led some offenders to pay up.

Aides to Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the lawmakers repaid their respective tickets after being contacted by Roll Call.

The District’s database showed Weiner received nearly $2,180 in tickets from 2007 to early March, including some instances in which he appears to have incurred multiple violations at the same time, such as failing to display current tags while parked in a taxi stand zone.

“All of the Congressman’s parking tickets have been paid. He is pleased to have helped decrease the D.C. budget deficit,” Weiner spokesman Dave Arnold said.
How ridiculous is this? The guy racks up over two grand in parking tickets, doesn’t pay them until he is called on it, yet is “pleased” to help decrease the budget deficit. What a buffoon. Why do we keep electing people who find it so hard to follow the law?

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