The Do as We Say Not as We Do Democratic Controlled Congress … Remember When They Chastised Auto Exec’s for Air Travel?
Democratic Controlled Congress = Hypocrisy
Private jets are evil, but some how ones for the government are ok and a necessity. Private business perks evil, government perks good. Welcome to Air Pelosi …
Once again our government shows that they not only waste tax payer dollars, but they are hypocrites. While every one else cuts back during these hard times, our government spends away while “We the People” feel the effects of the recession. So is Democrat House Speaker Pelosi going to claim that this is being fiscally responsible?
Congress looks to spend $550 million to buy eight new jets so that they and their staffs can fly in luxury. The planes ordered are 737s, known as C-40s by the military, are designed to be an “office in the sky” for government leaders. Interesting, Congressmen and women can see fit to fly more and more, yet some how they cannot face their constituents in town hall meeting to discuss Obamacare.
The purchases will help accommodate growing travel demand by congressional officials. The planes augment a fleet of about two dozen passenger jets maintained by the Air Force for lawmakers, administration officials and military chiefs to fly on government trips in the U.S. and abroad.
The congressional shopping list goes beyond what the Air Force had initially requested as part of its annual appropriations. The Pentagon sought to buy one Gulfstream V and one business-class equivalent of a Boeing 737 to replace aging planes. The Defense Department also asked to buy two additional 737s that were being leased.
$550 million of tax payer dollars so that Congress can fly like lifestyles of the rich and famous. What’s another $550 million when these individuals are racking up trillion dollar debt? Was it not these same people who screamed at the auto execs of Ford, GM and Chrysler when they appeared in front of Congress having flown in private company jets to beg for bailout money?
Chief executives from General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co, and Chrysler LLC pleaded on Wednesday for $25 billion in federal assistance to help pay their suppliers, workers and other expenses at a time when car sales have plunged along with a souring economy.
But skeptical lawmakers blasted them for flying private jets to Washington and failing to make personal sacrifices in exchange for federal assistance.
“It’s almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in a high hat and tuxedo,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman, a Democrat from New York.
Congress dare lecture anyone about wasteful expending?
“I don’t know how I go back to my constituents and say the auto industry has changed if they own private jets which are not only expensive to own, expensive to operate and expensive to fly here, rather than to have flown commercial,” said Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat.