Nancy Pelosi prior to the 2006 mid term elections stated that when Democrats took power in Washington, DC that the status quo would change. The American people would see a difference in how things are done. Yea … right. Madame Speaker Pelosi, when it comes to air planes issued … I guess size does matter. So much for maintaining the status quo and yet worse, increasing expenses for the American tax payer.
The Department of Defence yesterday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that puts limits on the size of the plane she may use to travel across the country and restricts the guests she can bring, The Washington Times has learned. The letter from the Pentagon yesterday cites specific U.S. Code that government policy does not include the routine use of military aircraft for the speaker of the House. “Nonstop service is not guaranteed, meaning she’s getting Hastert’s plane and nothing bigger,” the congressional source said, referring to the commuter jet Mr. Hastert began using for security reasons after the September 11 terrorist attacks. But the administration official said Mrs. Pelosi “wanted to be able to fly between Washington and the West Coast nonstop.” (Washington Times)
In an even more hypocritical venture from Pajama Media, “environmentally-conscious Speaker of the House is taking a chauffeur-driven, gas-guzzling behemoth Chevrolet Tahoe to tomorrow’s Congressional Global Warming Hearing!” The hits just keep on coming.
The Tahoe emits 11 tons of greenhouse gases per year, according to U.S. Department of Energy. The agency ranks it as “one of the worst” vehicles on the road, according to www.fueleconomy.gov, a non-partisan government web site.
The 2005 Chevy Tahoe 1500 4WD gets 15 miles per gallon in city driving.
Please, spare us the BS. Nancy, you probably can’t remember the last time you ever did anything without privilege. You are a politician who is supposed to represent the “People”, which is code for … you do not mingle with the masses.
“I said well, that’s fine, I’m going commercial,” she told Fox News. “I’m not asking to go on that plane. If you need to take me there for security purposes, you’re going to have to get a plane that goes across the country, because I’m going home to my family.”
Update III: Murtha makes threat toward Pentagon
Murtha said he is convinced the Pentagon has been leaking information about the possibility that Pelosi would use large military planes to make her look bad. But he said, “They’re making a mistake when they leak it because she decides on allocations for them,” referring to the Pentagon budget. (SF Chronicle)