With power comes responsibility… and a few perks.
One of the perks enjoyed by members of Congress is the issuing of congressional license plates. These plates offer a prioritization and can help facilitate preferred access to areas and parking that may be otherwise prohibited to others.
It’s not exactly condemning the rest of Americans to substandard healthcare while retaining stellar healthcare for lawmakers, but it is an example of how our leaders dislike being forced to endure the same kind of existence the peasantry endures.
One of the biggest and loudest voices in Congress is far-left Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings. He espouses standard liberal lines and attempts at every opportunity to paint Republicans as out-of-touch elitists who care nothing for the plight of the common American.
It turns out, however, that Cummings allows his daughter to use his car with congressional license plates to drive for Lyft, a ride-sharing company.
A photo submitted to a Washington, D.C., blog detailed a Honda with congressional plates that read “Maryland U.S. Congress 7-A” and included a pink Lyft sticker signaling that the car is used for work as a Lyft car.
It didn’t take long for the car to be traced back to Cummings. The liberal lawmaker defended the use of the car, explaining that his daughter just graduated from college and was looking to make some extra money.
“In an effort to earn some extra money to pay her expenses at school, she signed up for a part-time position with one of the ride-sharing companies,” Cummings said. “They, in turn, gave her a sticker to apply to the windshield of the car.”
Hey- there’s nothing wrong with earning some extra money. Embrace that capitalism! However, Cummings intentionally seemed to focus on what the daughter was doing with the car, not what she was doing with a car that is abusing congressional privileges.
Cummings has claimed that he has asked his daughter to remove the plates.
Democrats love to pretend to serve as defenders of the common man. However, these same defenders routinely solicit outrageous sums of money for campaigns from millionaires and billionaires, routinely abuse taxpayer-afforded privileges and seldom practice what they preach.
The message is clear: there exists a set of rules that we are all obliged to follow. However, those making these rules feel exempted from them.