'Frugal' Ron Paul Spends Big on First-Class Travel
Congressman racks up $52K in flight bills for taxpayers
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 4:00 AM CST
Flying high.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – For someone so big on small government, "deficit hawk" Ron Paul has racked up a hefty first-class flight bill for taxpayers to foot. The Texas congressman charged taxpayers $52,000 for first-class flights to his home state—that's about $27,000 more than economy seats on the Washington, DC, to Houston flights would have cost, reports AP. His congressional staff says economy tickets aren't refundable—or as flexible as first-class for scheduling. Or as comfortable...

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Jan 17, 2012 3:12 PM CST
what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.
Jan 17, 2012 3:55 AM CST
Another Hit Piece on Ron Paul....for all the small minds to believe...
Jan 16, 2012 6:25 PM CST
WE want to know why the US Government, the largest airline customer in the world, does not get the best negotiated rates! Perhaps we should be reading a story on the Airline Lobbyists or the Procurement Official who negotiates the Government Rates. If Government workers can not use Government Rates without criticism then there is something wrong with the system. Don't blame the folks like Paul who follow required procedures in using Government Rates for their airline travel.