The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that only several months after blasting CEOs from bailout banks for using corporate jets, House lawmakers approved $500 million for eight new government V.I.P. jets. The article continues:
“Ellis Bachman, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee, said the changes were part of “Congress’ normal oversight responsibility” to make sure “the troops have everything they need.”
Ellis, please remove your tongue from your cheek. Out-of-touch lawmakers and congress’ unlimited travel fund are the REAL reasons for the spending spree. Congressional travel costs have increased ten-fold since 1995.
By the way, the Congressional Budget Office reported earlier today that the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $1.3 trillion. Let’s thank Congress for their normal oversight responsibility.
P.S. If you think NC is immune from “plane issues” read Francis De Luca’s post on NC state government planes.