October 14, 2010 10:09AM

Great Job if You Can Get It

The British Telegraph reports that 250 Members of the European Parliament, along with 80 assistants and 70 bureaucrats who work for the center‐​right European People’s Party in the European Parliament, took a “three‐​day study break” at the holiday resort on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The taxpayer will pay $500,000 for the trip that included a stay in five‐​star hotels. The formal program included “a debate on controversial plans by the MEPs to increase the EU budget for 2011.”