August 5, 2009

CONCERNS ABOUT GREED AND CARBON FOOTPRINTS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: House Orders Three Jets.

“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,” Roll Call reports.

“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 jet as part of an upgrade program, but the House Appropriations Committee added two more at its own discretion.

Seems like someone could make this a campaign issue if they cared to . . . .

UPDATE: Reader Ed Stephens writes: “Tea Partiers should ask reps for a commitment to only fly commercial.” It would make good video.

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