Congressmen have not demanded $7,500 espresso machines on their Air Force jets, so far as I know. Although Air Nancy uses everything it can lay its hands on to service the people’s leader, from 737s to Gulfstreams so who knows how those planes are equipped?
The story here is not so much the abuse of privilege by politicians but the sense of entitlement these people acquire once in power. Dodd thinks he deserves sweetheart mortgage deals because, damn it, he’s in charge of banks! Nancy Pelosi demands a Gulfstream to divert from San Francisco – Washington to New Jersey so that she and her aides can attend a conference at Princeton, Barney Frank uses taxpayer dollars to attend homosexual rights conventions in Spain. Joe Biden reserves a senate seat for his son, European bureaucrats order up espresso machines (and limos and jets and etc.) and every single one of these people think he deserves it. It’s his right!
You can’t stop this – it’s part of human nature. What we can do is deny so much power to government officials to begin with.