"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
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"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Sorry but it seems a critical element of this story has been largely overlooked...
When the Congress adds money to a request by the military it's pork or perk. Always.The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.
But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials.
They would be far better advised to spend their time in libraries gaining useful insight than flitting about the world for photo opps.
If they are compelled to travel, commercial airlines and charter services, are available.
(I consider it a violation of separation of powers for Congress to utilize military transport unless as guests of the President.)
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Look folks allotof you are making comments about a subject that you really don't have nay clue about. The aircraft of the 87th are task for one major job to provide Excutive Style Flight for Congress and the President.
One of the reason that they do use these aircraft (members of Congress) is it is easier and safer for them.
As for the extra two being added on who care I'm guessing that the USAF actually ask to have more then the original 2 anyways so getting three to replace four is not a bad idea.
I think some of you need to get a grip on the fact that the 87th is task for these jobs and that these aircraft are used for these jobs. I rather them use these then pull a front Line Transport out of Duty and use it.
Well, you dodged my main point, of course. Representatives and Senators generally don't need to take field trips. They need to study. And if they get restless and need to roam, they should do so on their dime.
Quod scripsi, scripsi