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Pelosi Still Spending

by John M. White |

It gets harder and harder for me. Every time I cruise down I94 and exit into the North end of Detroit Metro airport I see it there on the left, like a dying giant. Empty, alone and desolate, it reminds me of the stupidity of those who think they know better. The GM hangar just sits there, forlorn and empty, like a forgotten relic of better times. The empty ramp, the dark windows, the empty parking lot all reminiscent of still another successful attack on our profession. Business aircraft are tools, not toys. Properly used they multiply the time value of executives who are building America, building their businesses. When will these fools ever learn?
The worst part? Those who sought to destroy this business tool corruptly use the same tool for their own gain. Take Speaker Pelosi, for example. Actually, please take her and put her out to pasture - please!Speaker Pelosi's Air Force Jet Judicial Watch, a public interest group, has been investigating our government, and just recently got documentation for the Air Force detailing the Speaker's military travel costs over the past 2 years. Some $2,100,744.59 and another $101,429.14 for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. She uses Air Force aircraft to travel back to her district on a regular basis at an average cost of $28,210.51 per flight, and the average cost for her 103 - that's right, 103! - overseas trips cost an average of $228,563.33 each! On at least 31 of those trips some of the Speaker's family members were aboard. Among the items purchased for Pelosi were Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J Brandy, Bailey's Irish Creme, Courvoisier cognac, Maker's Mark whiskey, Bacardi light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater's gin, Dewars scotch, and more. Some of the trips exceeded the authorized funding costs as well. Also documented were Speaker Pelosi's numerous requests for military escorts and aircraft as well as the Speaker's last minute cancellations and changes. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that "Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel. And these documents suggest the Speaker's congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else." And still, that grand old hangar that housed business aircraft and crews sits empty, the casualty of Congressional demands for GM to save money while Speaker Pelosi spends away! Will this foolishness ever end? Send me your thoughts, please! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 There are no practical alternatives to air transportation. — Daniel S. Goldin, NASA Administrator, 20 March 1997

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