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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    That's part of what us taxpayers paid for... alcohol and food.

    I have no problem with Pelosi and a few of her immediate staff, say 4, traveling on air force jets. She is no different than the president of a corporation and I believe they have every right and the responsibility to travel as they do.

    I DO have a problem with paying for food and alcohol for all of them. I also have a problem paying to fly Pelosi's or any other politician's family around the world and feed them. If they want to fly with Pelosi, they need to pay. It's not like she can't afford it.

    I also find in funny and hypocritical that Pelosi and the other congress critters that she runs lambasting the CEOs of GM, Ford, and Chrysler for flying to Washington, D.C. for their meeting, then happily hopping on a plane Friday afternoon to go home at taxpayer's expense.
    The CEO's shouldn't fly around on the corporations jets because the corporations are broke. However Congress Critters should be able to fly around because..... wait a minute…… never mind.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

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    Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi's Use of Air Force Aircraft | Judicial Watch

    The queen must have her perks...

    Seriously, is there a congress critter more arrogant then this bitch?
    Compare those numbers to Hastert and get back to me. Oh, wait:

    In fact, it appears that Pelosi uses military aircraft less often than her predecessor, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

    The documents cover the period from January 2007 to November 2008 and show that Pelosi made the equivalent of 20 round-trips between Washington (Andrews Air Force Base) and San Francisco. That's an average of less than one round-trip per month. In contrast, former Speaker Hastert traveled home to his Illinois district virtually every weekend and, his former aides tell ABC News, he would almost always travel on military aircraft.
    snopes.com: Nancy Pelosi's Jet

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    It needs to stop. There is no legitimate reason she cannot fly commercial. And not in first class either. That goes for any government official other than the president, and he's only an exception because his job actually requires that he travel far and often--and he's a target.

    If she wants to fly 1st class, she needs to pay out of her own dubiously earned salary like everyone else. Ditto if she wants a private jet.
    You think that the Speaker of the House, someone who is 3rd in line for the presidency, should be flying coach on commercial airlines?

    I don't mind a bit of populism now and then, but this is going way too far.

    What do you think important political officials do on flights? Watch movies? Read skymall? No, they handle ****. They discuss policy, make phone calls, etc. - all things that could not be done if they were flying commercial.

    While it's certainly hypocritical for them to call out CEOs while they're doing the same thing, the solution is not to force them both to fly coach - it's to let them both do what they need to do.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Compare those numbers to Hastert and get back to me. Oh, wait:



    snopes.com: Nancy Pelosi's Jet



    You think that the Speaker of the House, someone who is 3rd in line for the presidency, should be flying coach on commercial airlines?

    I don't mind a bit of populism now and then, but this is going way too far.

    What do you think important political officials do on flights? Watch movies? Read skymall? No, they handle ****. They discuss policy, make phone calls, etc. - all things that could not be done if they were flying commercial.

    While it's certainly hypocritical for them to call out CEOs while they're doing the same thing, the solution is not to force them both to fly coach - it's to let them both do what they need to do.
    Sounds to me like the **** they handle is Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine..... and that is some good ****!!!!
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    Sounds to me like the **** they handle is Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine..... and that is some good ****!!!!
    Use your head - do you think that there might be a reason to have **** like that on a plane that will be used for the Speaker of the House to travel and meet with various domestic and foreign dignitaries? What should she offer the British Commerce Secretary - a Keystone Light and a handle of Georgi?

    This type of petty nitpicking is pointless.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    I guess to keep it in perspective we would need to know the travel expenses of previous Speakers of the House. Is it more or less.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    I guess to keep it in perspective we would need to know the travel expenses of previous Speakers of the House. Is it more or less.
    True. Also She lives in Cali, Hastert lived in Ill. I would expect a bit more for her to fly.

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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    what's the issue here? that taxpayers pay? haven't we always, regardless of who the speaker was?
    No the issue is . Seriously. There are more legitimate things to complain about.

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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    You think that the Speaker of the House, someone who is 3rd in line for the presidency, should be flying coach on commercial airlines?

    I don't mind a bit of populism now and then, but this is going way too far.

    What do you think important political officials do on flights? Watch movies? Read skymall? No, they handle ****. They discuss policy, make phone calls, etc. - all things that could not be done if they were flying commercial.

    While it's certainly hypocritical for them to call out CEOs while they're doing the same thing, the solution is not to force them both to fly coach - it's to let them both do what they need to do.
    what about the chairman of the armed services committee? Or the numerous sensitive officials within the executive? Should they get their own private jets too?

    Being party to sensitive information also involves taking on the responsibility to keep it safe, not just any random special privilege. They deserve no special travel privilege because they are the speaker--if there is an absolute need that they work then they should do so in a secure area and travel later. Travel is not an integral part of the speaker's job.

    Either way, the CEOs and the politicians can both spend there own money to travel however they see fit, I'd let 'em write-off the travel expenses on there taxes, but that's it.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    I don't really have a problem with the House Speaker travelling at taxpayer expense (even on private planes)...but how the hell did she spend $2 million? Did she take a trip to Neptune?

    I'm skeptical until I see how they calculated this.
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    Re: House Speaker’s Military Travel Cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 ov

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I don't really have a problem with the House Speaker travelling at taxpayer expense (even on private planes)...but how the hell did she spend $2 million? Did she take a trip to Neptune?

    I'm skeptical until I see how they calculated this.
    Real easy... what do you think it costs to fly this, with crew... and booze.... and I'll bet she isn't eating the standard airline fare either.

    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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