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Should Taxpayers Pay For a Politician's Makeup?

Should Taxpayers Pay For a Politician's Makeup?

Over in merry olde England, there's a big, nasty poopstorm going down thanks to some members of Parliament. A recent newspaper report revealed that MPs have been submitting receipts for personal items, and those expense reports are reimbursed with taxpayer dollars. Jo Swinson, a 29-year-old MP who earns the equivalent of more than $101,000 for her job, submitted receipts for an electric toothbrush, hairdryer, eyeliner, and lip liner. Swinson insists that she needs these items because she commutes to London from her home, and that she never expensed eyeliner. Do you think that politicians should have these expenses paid for, or are they just getting greedy?

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dragonlady920 dragonlady920 7 years
I can't believe 7 people voted "yes"!
mdemariah mdemariah 7 years
Does my boss pay for my makeup? No he doesn't, so my answer is: definitely NOT.
chow chow 7 years
ridiculous!
chow chow 7 years
ridiculous!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
If I can buy a decent drugstore eyeliner, buy a nice toothbrush and fork out for a new hairdryer when mine breaks on my less than 10k a year job so can this lady.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
If I can buy a decent drugstore eyeliner, buy a nice toothbrush and fork out for a new hairdryer when mine breaks on my less than 10k a year job so can this lady.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
Missavogue- the reason people are upset about it is... she will be given tax money. It's much different for celebs, because I am sure they pay for their own things. Sure they get paid because we all go to see their movies, but that is voluntary and not by automatic taxes. Taxes are a big deal in most countries, and always have been. ;)
missavogue missavogue 7 years
So, people are probably going to hate me for this ... Although I do really believe that if she has that much money, she can afford her own things, I don't disagree with her writing things off. Yes, she has enough that she can afford her own things, and writing off a toothbrush is a little extreme, it's not against the rules. She is a public figure. Anyone who gets that much attention should look their best at all times. If they don't, it can seriously harm their career. I mean, would you listen to a public figure who gives a speech with their hair dripping wet, no makeup on, and yellow teeth? No. Part of her job is looking good. There are others in the public eye that do the same thing, they just don't talk about it publicly because there are many people out there that don't agree that these things are necessary. I'm all about equal opportunity. If models and celebrities can do it, why can't politicians?
beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 7 years
absolutly not, ridiculous!
beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 7 years
absolutly not, ridiculous!
emalove emalove 7 years
I'm with Retrodoll!!! Seriously.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Um no
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Um no
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
You wear it, you buy it. End of discussion.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i agree with skigurl and the other posters, certain items like travel, makeup for an event etc maybe, but not every little itemized thing. if you need it only for a weekend, hit up d/s to buy your makeup, not a dept store! and get a manual toothbrush! gosh, this is just ridiculous.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 7 years
I don't get to submit an expense report for things like that and wouldn't dream of it. That is what your wage is for! And I don't make near that. I worked for a small law firm and had to write things on their reports like gym memberships- come on!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I'm with you, Jenzene. Lots of people I know have to travel for work and stay a few days in other cities — and they don't get an allowance. In fact, I'm not sure why politicians get reimbursed for anything personal at all.
kiwichibi kiwichibi 7 years
I read this and I was like what? Personal items should never be paid for using other people's money. Plane tickets, ok, but like..even clothes i think is just silly. You take the job, you know what it entails.
writerjenna writerjenna 7 years
It makes me SO ANGRY to read about stuff like this. I think the statistic is something like 90% of working people make less than US$50k a year, and these are people with families to provide for. If the rest of us can shell out $4 for eyeliner, YOU CAN TOO!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
She makes 6 figures! BUY YOUR OWN LINER!
mintz mintz 7 years
ridonkulous.
mintz mintz 7 years
ridonkulous.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't think any personal items should be paid for with tax dollars. I wouldn't have a problem with certain personal items being paid for with campaign donations.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i can understand CERTAIN personal items like clothing for big events or getting your hair and makeup done for certain events but to claim EYELINER and a TOOTHBRUSH is cheap and ridiculous - like symphonee said, you need those things anyway...this isn't a symptom of your job to need daily-wear makeup
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