Leon Panetta

Secretary of defense spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars to "get his mind straight"

I don't know why I continue to be surprised how a federal government--that is led by a Socialist President--is spending taxpayers' money like it's their own private "stash," but now Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, admits that he spends $32,000 for each roundtrip weekend visit to his home in California. Panetta flys on an Air Force plane and the 27 trips home that he's taken in his 8 months in office have cost taxpayers a total of $860,000. Panetta says these trips home are important "just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight."

Panetta says he regrets the expenditures, but "A taxpayer would have to pick up those costs with any secretary of state or secretary of defense." Geez, I feel better now.

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