Probably just another case of statistics lying

Fun With Numbers – Congressional Junket Edition

Kevin at Wizbang notes a study done on Congressional trips made since 2000. You know, the sort that they’re trying to fry Tom DeLay over.

It’s not clear to me how recent the numbers in the report are. The page is dated September 2004. Here it is:

Democratic Party
Number of trips for party members: 2729
Total spent on party members: $7,805,362.87
Percentage of total spent on party: 54.3%

Independent Party
Number of trips for party members: 22
Total spent on party members: $53,830.93
Percentage of total spent on party: 0.4%

Republican Party
Number of trips for party members: 2095
Total spent on party members: $6,512,990.35
Percentage of total spent on party: 45.3%

Kevin notes that currently the percentage breakdown in Congress is Republicans 54%, Democrats 46%. Why is spending Democrats 54%, Republicans 46%, then?

Now, I want to be clear. While I do believe that our representatives are entitled to some perks (and even a few luxuries every now and again), I would like to see the extravagances reigned in. On both sides.

And Kevin does note that DeLay does score two of the top five trips on the list, dollar-wise. Problem? Maybe. But don’t pretend that it’s just him. And certainly don’t pretend that the righteous Democrats are free of sin when casting stones.