What do Al Gore and the Big Auto CEOs have in common?
They both like to fly in private jets - Al barnstorming to warn us of the dangers of global warming, the CEOs heading to DC to explain why we should bail out their atrociously run companies for billions. We don't live in America the Beautiful anymore. We live in America the Black Comic.
Pity Chrysler spokeswoman Lori McTavish (see link above) who was forced to issue this pathetic excuse on behalf of her spendthrift chief executive: "while always being mindful of company costs, all business travel requires the highest standard of safety for all employees." No matter that private planes are often less safe than commercial jets, I suppose the poor woman had to say something. It's not a pretty picture. A report from the WSJ's The Wealth Report tells us private jets get exceptionally bad marks for pollution, have recently been favored (2008) with exceptional tax breaks, even with the current energy crisis, and don't pay their fair share of air safety costs (air traffic control, etc.).
I have a proposal for some legislation: It is against federal law for anyone advocating an environmental cause or seeking a government bailout to be permitted to fly in a private jet in transit to espouse their position. Call it the Simon-Feingold Anti-Hypocrisy Act. Maybe I can't get Russ Feingold to co-sign my bill, but, hey, you've got to start somewhere. I was going to try Harry Reid, but he's from Nevada and we all know Vegas is lousy with private jets. No hope there.