Let Them Eat Cake!

Or was it “Let them fly coach!

San Fran Nan Rides (or, perhaps, flies) again!!

“Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.

But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.

But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials.”

But, then, seeing as they let Congressmen buy airports, I guess jets are small potatoes.

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  1. Dimsdale on August 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    So the leaders of the troubled auto industry are criticized for using private jets, but the leaders (and I use the term loosely) of the troubled government are letting us write the check for their brand new private jets?


    One question: will one of the jets be loaded into the back of Pelosi's 747 as a spare?

  2. donh on August 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    In the days leading up to the French Revolution Marie Antoinette earned the sarcastic title "Madam Deficit" for her extravagant personal spending . Nancy Pilosi and her 2 trillion dollar budget deficit has earned her the title "Madam Deficit." Let me be clear, the only thing Marie Antoinette's grotesque indulgance stimulated was ANGER.

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