This comes via RedState.com. I found it compelling enough to share it with all of you.
Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served in the House from Georgia from 1978 and as House Minority Whip in 1989. He was Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999.
During that time he never made use of military aircraft.
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, is current Speaker of the House. The Pentagon provides the House speaker with an Air Force plane large enough to accommodate her staff, family, supporters, and members of the California delegation when she travels around the country. But, Pelosi wanted routine access to a larger plane. It includes 42 business class seats, a fully-enclosed state room, an entertainment center, a private bed, state-of-the-art communications system, and a crew of 16. Pelosi wanted “carte blanche for an aircraft any time,” including weekend trips home to San Francisco. Pretty nice but very expensive perk!
Her Air Force C-32 costs approximately $15,000 an hour or approximately $300,000 per trip home.
And she has the guts to confront the Big Three CEOs for flying their corporate jets to Washington!
We haven’t heard any comment on Queen Pelosi’s snit about having to ride home in the small private, economy jet that comes with the Speaker’s job. Remember how Madame Pelosi was so aggravated that this little jet had to refuel while transporting her to California every week? Remember that she insisted on a luxurious 200 seat jet to fly her to California nonstop, instead?
Washington legislators who observed the Madame’s Big Fat jet grinned with glee as everyone was informed that Nancy ’s luxury Jet will require American tax payers to buy thousands of gallons of expensive jet fuel every week. She only works 3 days a week but her gas guzzler luxury jet flights home, to California, cost taxpayers $60,000 one way! As Joe noted, ‘Unfortunately we have to pay to bring her back on Monday night,’ so there goes another $60,000.
That is $480,000 per month or an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000. And she complains about the cost of the war? She could take the smaller jet which she says would cramp her style — but since her flying in style takes precedence over war costs — what the heck, eh?
Military families in this country do without while this woman, who heads up the most “pass-the-earmarks” Congress in the history of our country, spends lavishly to fly herself and associates to and from California every week.
Madame Pelosi expects you and me to conserve our carbon footprint by driving smaller cars and buying a bicycle pump to over-inflate our tires for better economy while she and her cohorts waste tax payer dollars.
Keep this circulating maybe someone will have enough gumption to do something about it.