Speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is throwing a temper tantrum until she gets her way and receives preferential military transport for her (and any one else she wants) commute to DC. And she is having her big strong man fight for her right to free flights.
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Abuse of power Democrat style.
A congressional source said that Rep. John P. Murtha, chairman of House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, which controls the Pentagon’s spending, has telephoned administration officials to urge them to give the speaker what she wants.
No wonder Murtha wants to retreat from Iraq, he wants to have a full fleet of air craft for Ms. Pelosi to choose from.
Meanwhile, Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam of Florida said Mrs. Pelosi’s request represents “an arrogance of office that just defies common sense” and called it “a major deviation from the previous speaker.”
Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri called it a “flying Lincoln Bedroom,” and Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican, labeled the speaker’s plane “Pelosi One.”
“This is a bullet point to a larger value — Pelosi’s abuse of power continues,” Mr. McHenry said yesterday. “It began when the speaker denied minority rights to Republicans, continued with her ‘TunaGate’ scandal, and now she’s exploiting America’s armed forces and taxpayers for her own personal convenience.“
Mrs. Pelosi wants a larger aircraft that can fly to her home district of San Francisco nonstop. She also wants to be able to ferry other members of the congressional delegation, family members and her staff.
Meanwhile, every other member of Congress’s staff will have to fly coach, with us unwashed peasants.
“She’s effectively taking a bird out of the fleet,” said a defense source. “It will most directly impact the House, because they’re the heavy users of the large aircraft. Congress looks at that Andrews fleet as their Hertz rent-a-car.”
Wasn’t Pelosi going to clean up Washington? You know, end the abuse of power, the corruption, return the government to the people? Maybe she just isn’t will to be one of us.
The source said Mr. Hastert on one occasion used an Air Force plane for such an event. The Air Force later determined it was a mistake, and such flights were not repeated.
The source said the Pentagon will likely give in to Mrs. Pelosi’s requests for a large plane and travel entourage, given her and Mr. Murtha’s power over defense spending.
Hastert was given use of an Air Force commuter plane (puddle jumper if you will) after 9-11, but not a full blown passenger jet for any and all of his family, friends, and political allies.
And there you go. Culture of corruption. Abuse of power. And all by Democrats.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Pelosi is acting like a queen? Born of privilege, a life of privilege, and now abusing power to her sole benefit. I have visions of a MADTV spoof of the MTV show Sweet Sixteen with Murtha playing the parent and Pelosi playing the part of spoiled little brat.