Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Who still believes in Democratic "fiscal responsibility"?

Nancy Pelosi is complaining that her C-20, the 12-seater jet for the Speaker of the House's use (which suited Dennis Hastert just fine), isn't good enough. So how does the mainstream media report it?

Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft

But the very first paragraph of the article explains, "A source close to the controversy over the request made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for use of a military plane that can fly to and from her home district in San Francisco, Calif., without having to stop to refuel, tells ABC News that the Pentagon has rebuffed Pelosi's request." What, then, are the "security concerns" stemming from having to stop to fill up? Or is Pelosi just making up an excuse because she's now the Big Bad Speaker, Third-in-line-to-the-throne, Blah Blah Blah, and damn it, she'll be treated like the queen she envisions herself to be?

Of course, who would pay for her new able-to-cross-the-continent-in-a-single-leg jet? That's right, we taxpayers. And since the Democrats are proud of their "fiscal responsibility," we should be happy that they'll eliminate deficits, right? Sure, but we'll have to forget the higher taxes the Democrats need to carry out their plan, and that they want spending increases just as bad as (if not worse than) the Republicans.

According to Wikipedia, "The Pelosi family has a net worth of over US$25 million, primarily from Paul Pelosi's investments." So you know what I say? Give the bitch a bicycle, and if it isn't good enough, she can fly coach like most people, or pay for her own first-class ticket.

For our country's first decades, it was assumed that a public official's salary was sufficient to cover the expenses of travel, just like for most of us in the real world. According to Isaac Asimov, George Washington had to borrow money from a friend so he could travel to New York for his inauguration, because he had spent virtually all his fortune on the War of Independence. Congress fixed his salary at $25,000 per year, which Washington refused. Instead, he withdrew from the Treasury only reimbursement for his war expenses, but in the end, it turned out to be very close to his official salary.

I would suggest to "Madam Speaker" that she also look to the example of Thomas Jefferson: after walking to his first inauguration, Jefferson walked back to the boarding house where had been staying. Imagine that, a common boarding house, rather than some opulent lodging, let alone a grand procession to and from! Now, Jefferson returned to find all seats at the dinner table were taken. He was the new President, but nobody offered to give up a seat, save one of the women after a while. However, like any Southern gentleman, Jefferson refused.

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