|Hyatt Regency on Maui|
By John W. Lillpop
“Spendthrift progressives out of step with the rest of the civilized world” seems an apt description of judicial malcontents from the often-overturned 9th Circuit of appeals.
Indeed, judges from the 9th circus, following the irresponsible examples set by President Obama and tax and spend Democrats who occupy Congress, have shunned austerity and financial prudence in favor of white sand and sultry beach fun on the Island of Maui.
The occasion is the annual judicial conference which could have been held in the not-so-glamorous and far less costly venue of Sacramento, California.
The California economy, $16 billion out of whack as a result of voter negligence in electing Jerry Brown and his wrecking crew, could certainly use the considerable tax booty which would be sure to flow into state coffers as is the case when two or more austerity-phobic progressives are granted access to a taxpayer-funded open bar and gourmet chow.
However, nothing is ever too good for the progressive palate when being satisfied at the public trough, which is why the 9th circuit has booked the luxurious Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa for their annual conference in August.
9th Circuit excesses, well known and documented when it comes to reversal of goofy legal decisions, are now being reviewed with regard to the Circuit’s plans to invade Maui, as reported at reference 1:
Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal district and bankruptcy courts in nine Western states and two Pacific island territories, along with lawyers practicing in those courts, and court staff, will gather at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa from August 13 – 16, 2012 in what looks like a less than valiant attempt to ensure American justice is being served…at a cost to taxpayers of approximately one million dollars.
From tennis courts to the caddy shack and luau experience, justice will be served in a manner many Americans never get to experience. Breitbart News has reviewed a letter from the offices of the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions, and the offices of Senator Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with several detailed questions they want answered by the Ninth District.
The letter cites the 2010 version of the Ninth Circuit’s annual judicial conference that cost taxpayers over $657,000 in travel costs alone, along with $860,000 in combined travel costs for the Ninth Circuit’s 2008 and 2009 annual conferences in Monterey, California and Sun Valley, Idaho, respectively. It also provides evidence of the Ninth Circuit’s awareness of the Government’s budget challenges in the face of a still suffering Obama economy, going on to challenge why the Ninth Circuit seems determined to go on spending large amounts of money on plush conferences, when a more prudent approach could provide the same value for professional purposes.
The Senate’s latest effort doesn’t appear to be just a bit of politically motivated PR of some form. The Ninth District is considered by many to be the most liberal of all U.S. Court Districts, with 64% of sitting judges having been appointed by Democrats–the highest of all the districts. Many also consider the district as having the highest rate of being overturned by the Supreme Court. Research by Breitbart News suggests other districts are making efforts to cut back, while the Ninth District appears to have maintained a Party on, dude! attitude when it comes to putting on its judicial conferences.
As in past years, the Ninth District seems content to leave taxpayers on the hook for whisking many judges and aligned judicial professionals off to an exclusive destination, so that they might also enjoy “yoga, surfing lessons, stand up paddle board lessons, Zumba (a Latin-inspired dance program), a tennis tournament, a day trip and tour of Upcountry Maui, a Gemini Catamaran snorkel trip, and an activity called ‘The Aloha Experience.'”
The solution: Progressives who maintain a ”Party on, Dude!” attitude, despite the rotten economy and nearly $16 trillion federal deficit, should be forced to fund untoward expenses from their own personal assets!
And that discipline should most certainly apply to multi-millionaires, Barack and Michelle!