Sunday, January 30, 2011
As the government rolls up its sleeves to try to cut runaway spending, perhaps a good place to start would be with runway spending. Specifically, that of Nancy "Friendly Skies" Pelosi.
In the past two years, as Speaker of the House, Ms. Pelosi has demanded private use of Air Force aircraft on 90 separate occasions, sticking the Air Force (and therefore the taxpayers) with a bill of over $2,000,000.
This figure, as high as it is, doesn't include the little "goodies" that Madame Pelosi enjoyed while jetting above "flyover country," during which time she and her entourage racked up an additional $100,000 bill for snacks and alcohol.
According to a "Freedom of Information" request, for a single 5 day congressional jaunt the Speaker's bar was stocked (and we assume depleted of) Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Baileys Irish Cream, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine. After which, no doubt, the high-flying Dems made nothing but positive impressions on foreign leaders, and wise well-considered decisions, when they weren't taking turns holding each other's hair back from the toilets.
In ancient times, political rulers were carried on litters by slaves. Today, political rulers make slaves of taxpayers by demanding they pay insane airfare charges. Which got us wondering: just how many taxpaying families does it take to carry Nancy's elegant litter?
If we very-optimistically assume that an average family household earns a total of $50,000...then it means that every member of 40 American families would have to give every cent they earned (not just taxes) to keep Nancy Pelosi in Air Force jets and Courvoisier cognac. If we limit their contributions only to actual tax money, then her travel habits use up all of the taxes paid by hundreds of working class Americans who are stuck on the ground.
Put another way, Nancy Pelosi isn't even bothering to treat taxpayers like litter-bearers. Just trash.