And that Paul Ryan was drinking a glass of expensive wine… how horrible and how evidentiary that Ryan is… well… just scum:
Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday with her husband that night. When she saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Ryan’s table had ordered, she quickly looked it up on the wine list and saw that it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the house along with one other with the same pricetag.
Feinberg, an economist by training, was even more appalled when the table ordered a second bottle. She quickly did the math and figured out that the $700 in wine the trio consumed over the course of 90 minutes amounted to more than the entire weekly income of a couple making minimum wage.
“We were just stunned,” said Feinberg, who e-mailed TPM about her encounter later the same evening. “I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.”
She was outraged that Ryan was consuming hundreds of dollars in wine while Congress was in the midst of intense debates over whether to cut seniors’ safety net, and she didn’t know whether Ryan or his companions was going to pay for the wine and whether the two men were lobbyists. She snapped a few shots with her cell phone to record the wine purchase.
Outraged I tell ya, she was outraged that Ryan and his two pals (the piece goes on to report that Ryan said they were economists and not lobbyists) paid with their own money for some decent wine. It’s at this juncture that I can’t help but wonder what Ms. Feinberg and her husband paid for their dinner and drinks. It seems relevant to the discussion yet no one seems to want to bring it up.
Nevertheless, the most cogent of responses I’ve seen on this yet comes from Jonathan Adler who I think speaks poignantly to all of it:
… where are all the liberal complaints when the President flies his personal trainer in from Chicago or then-Speaker Pelosi demands gulfstreams at taxpayer expense and then racks up liquor bills? By comparison, the wine choices of Rep. Ryan’s friends seem quite frugal.
Ryan and his friends paid for some admittedly outrageously priced wine, out of their own pockets no less and liberal moonbats bust veins over it… yet they’re seemingly silent on all the waste engaged in by their ideological compadres on the taxpayers dime.
Complete and utter idiocy… but what should we expect. These people I suspect are going to do anything out of sheer desperation to remain in power.
Bet an expensive bottle of wine on it.