It’s about time taxpayers won a battle for once with an overzealous politician spending our money like a drunken sailor.
As verified by Snopes, the real reason that Nancy Pelosi is considering retiring is that they took her jet away. Really!
As a result of a Judicial Watch filing under the Freedom of Information Act, the USAF released documents detailing House Speaker Pelosi's use of United States Air Force aircraft between March 2009 and June 2010. The data are published in the Judicial Watch Verdict of December 2010, Volume 16, Issue 12.
Here are the main highlights revealed by the USAF. Keep in mind that all the data below relate to United States Air Force aircraft used by one woman over a 16-month period.
Several of these flights included Ms. Pelosi's guests, such as grown children, grandchildren, various in-laws, friends and hangers-on. Over 95% of the trips were between the West Coast and Washington DC , for what you might call a commute between home and the office.
Total trips: 85 over a 68 week period, or 1.25 average trips per week.
Total mileage: 206,264 miles, or 2,427 average miles per trip.
Total flying time: 428.6 hours, or an average of 5 hours per trip.
Cost to the taxpayers: $2,100,744, or $27,715 per trip, or $1,285,162 per
Here’s the best part taxpayer:
Cost of in-flight food and alcohol: $101,429; $1,193 per trip; $62,051 per year.
On one junket to Baghdad , according to the Air Force report, she had the
aircraft bar stocked with Johnny Walker Red Scotch, Grey Goose Vodka, E&J
Brandy, Bailey's Irish Cream, Maker's Mark Whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac,
Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Dewar's Scotch, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Corona Beer and several varieties of wine.
This was obviously to make a toast to that long gone dictator with similar tastes, Saddam Hussein.
Evidence generally speaks for itself, and in Ms. Pelosi's case it speaks the language of abuse and (evidently) a serious drinking problem. In a single year, she and her spawn drank an amount in excess of the net income of the average employed American. When she said, "... If the stimulus doesn't pass, five hundred million people might lose their jobs...", we all thought she was unintentionally revealing her ignorance.
Now it just appears she was under the influence.
From now on, the former Speaker can fly commercial like the rest of us and pay $7 a bottle for her hooch. Hopefully she can save the taxpayer further dollars by flying Southwest. They carry her bags free.
Any wonder why Americans hold Congress in such low regard?
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