We can count statists like cdcox, KChiefer to justify this extravagance because Biden has a posse to bring along.
The question that should be asked here is regardless of party, why does the U.S. VP, have to travel anywhere in the first place?
He doesn't. He has no official functions that authorize such a trip. It's a do-less post and breaking ties in the Senate doesn't require it.
So it is PURE WASTE!
It doesn't stop the statists though.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison