Ain't she just so speshul!
"The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pressing the Bush administration for routine access to military aircraft for domestic flights, such as trips back to her San Francisco district, according to sources familiar with the discussions." -- Washington Times
Actually, I don't have a problem with that so long as the trips are to conduct government business. She is, after all, next in line after the Vice President if something happens to Dubya and with the way things are, I think the added security makes sense.
Buuuuut let's remember, this is Nancy Pelosi we're talking about.
Speaker Pelosi! The champion of minimum-wage workers everywhere . . . except in Samoa where StarKist -- in which whose parent company, Del Monte, she and her husband have stocks valued at $7 million -- is the primary and pretty much sole employer.
Speaker Pelosi! The champion of working stiffs and their right to organize . . . except in the restaurants and vineyards she and her husband own, who are precluded from union membership as a condition of employment.
Speaker Pelosi! . . .
Okay, I'll stop. You get my drift.
Madam Speaker doesn't want "on demand" military flights just for her own travel, you see.
The sources, who include those in Congress and in the administration, said the Democrat is seeking regular military flights not only for herself and her staff, but also for relatives . . .I realize none of them would ever want to lower themselves and fly commercial and risk the possibility of <Eeeeew!> sitting next to any of the lower classes -- like you or me -- but these folk are millionaires many times over. If they don't already have their own private jet(s) (How much you wanna bet they do.) let 'em lease one. Or rent one when they need to zip around to who knows where, when, or for whut.ever reason. Let the Pelosi "family" pay for its own travel.
. . . and for other members of the California delegation.Well, hell! Why stop with just the California delegation? Let's have free (to them since the lower classes -- you and I -- are paying the bill), military flights for all Blue-state Congresscritters! And their staffs. And families, too!
And what about the environment? Kyoto? Our "carbon footprint"? All this zooming around by everybody . . . Oh, that's right. I keep forgetting. When the elites talk endlessly about everyone needing to make sacrifices for the common good, they never mean themselves. They're not "everyone."
A knowledgeable source called the request "carte blanche for an aircraft any time."
What ticks me off more than anything about this, though, is the way Madam Speaker obviously sees our military in this.
The planes she wants made available at every whim not only to herself but her entourage, her family and chronies, too, aren't military aircraft. They're nothing more than taxi cabs to her.
The personnel on them she wants at their constant beck and call aren't highly-trained specialists. They're servants who have nothing better to do, than serve Madam Speaker, her entourage, her family, and her cronies.
LATER: Nancy Pelosi is Drunk with Power, Part II