GOOD FOR THE GOOSE
One can but only shake one's head in disbelief.
At a time when senior members of Congress from both parties are going out of the way to berate executives public companies taking government aid for flying in corporate aircraft and holding business events at "resort" hotels, we have this sort of thing going on, as the NY Post reports:
Pelosi, who clashed with the military to get nonstop service when she flies home to California with police protection on government planes, revealed a particular fondness for Gulfstream's sleek G-5 - a plane glamorized in Hollywood films and rap videos.
"It is my understanding there are no G-5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable . . . The speaker will want to know where the planes are," a Pelosi aide wrote in an angry e-mail to the military."
All this is occurring at a time when are military is stretched to the limits, engaged in two open-ended conflicts half way around the world.
Just to put this in context and as a reminder, here's a clip featuring Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman (also from California), at the House hearings for the auto executives, orchestrated for maximum political replay involved on the six o'clock news:
The politicians weren't happy until they made the same executives DRIVE from Michigan to Washington on subsequent trips.
Not to mention the populist outrage many in Congress, and the White House expressed at other companies like Citi confirming private jet orders. And the constant vilification of corporate America by politicians for holding business hotels at various hotels, goaded on by the media.
At some point these double standards do get too hard to ignore, especially when sacrifices are called for by all in these dire economic times.