Republican Who Told Poor People to Give up iPhones For Healthcare Wants Government Housing Stipend

“Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves,” said Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz back in March of 2017.

Fast forward to June 2017, and Chaffetz isn’t quite so ready to give up his own lifestyle choices to invest in himself, and is arguing for a big fat government check for a housing stipend for members of Congress (via DCist):  

Before he officially leaves office on Friday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz decided to leave us District residents sputtering at least once more.

The Utah congressman, who served as the chairman of the House committee that oversees the District, is now calling for a housing stipend for federal lawmakers because the the rent in D.C. is just too damn high.

“Washington D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” Chaffetz said in an interview with The Hill. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here.”

Chaffetz, who makes $174,000 a year (well over three times the national median household income), appears to now believe that socialism does actually work — as long as those tax dollars are being redirected to people like himself who would know what to do with it. 

“[The stipend] would allow the non-millionaires to participate and you would be able to have your spouse join you here,” said Chaffetz.  

“If I wasn’t buying as many airline tickets, it would ultimately be less expensive.”

Perhaps he could teach his children some personal responsibility by making them take out private loans for college, or stop using tax payer dollars to fly his wife out and use Skype instead. After all, this is the free market society Chaffetz has fought and argued for, and he has to make those decisions for himself…

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.