Congresscritters Help Themselves to More Gulfstreams

Despite the hundreds of thousands being thrown out of work by Obamanomics, at least there are a few still living high on the hog:

Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.

But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

Looks like more Obama era “transparency” on display…

Because the Appropriations Committee viewed the additional aircraft as an expansion of an existing Defense Department program, it did not treat the money for two more planes as an earmark, and the legislation does not disclose which Member had requested the additional money.

Socialist bureauweenies will continue to travel in style:

The Gulfstream G550 is a luxury business jet, which the company advertises as featuring long-range flight capacity that “easily links Washington, D.C., with Dubai, London with Singapore and Tokyo with Paris.” The company’s promotional materials say, “The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, a choice of 12 floor plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers.”

Meanwhile, they are cutting funding for F-22s fighter jets, which have low priority since they are intended to defend the country our rulers are busily looting and destroying.

The only way to fly — if you’re a bureaucrat.

On tips from nancz and Gregory of Yardale. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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