Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served in the House from Georgia from 1978 and
as House Minority Whip in 1989. He was Speaker of the House from 1995 to
During that time he never made use of military aircraft.
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California , is current Speaker of the House.
The Pentagon provides the House speaker with an Air Force plane large enough
to accommodate her staff, family, supporters, and members of the California
delegation when she travels around the country. But, Pelosi wanted routine
access to a larger plane. It includes 42 business class seats, a fully
enclosed stateroom, an entertainment center, a private bed, state-of-the-art
communications system, and a crew of 16. Pelosi wanted "carte blanche for an
aircraft any time", including weekend trips home to San Francisco. Pretty
nice but very expensive perk!
Her Air Force C-32 costs approximately $15,000 an hour or approximately
$300,000 per trip home.
And she has the guts to confront the Big Three CEOs for flying their
corporate jets to Washington!
We haven't heard any comment on Queen Pelosi's snit about having to ride
home in the small private, economy jet that comes with the Speaker's job.
Remember how Madame Pelosi was so aggravated that this little jet had to
refuel while transporting her to California every week? Remember that she
insisted on a luxurious 200-seat jet to fly her to California nonstop,
Washington legislators who observed the Madame's Big Fat jet grinned with
glee as everyone was informed that Nancy 's luxury Jet will require American
tax payers to buy thousands of gallons of expensive jet fuel every week. She
only works 3 days a week but her gas-guzzler luxury jet flights home, to
California, cost taxpayers $60,000 one way! As Joe noted, 'Unfortunately we
have to pay to bring her back on Monday night,' so there goes another
That is $480,000 per month or an annual cost to taxpayers of $5,760,000. And
she complains about the cost of the war? She could take the smaller jet
which she says would cramp her style -- but since her flying in style takes
precedence over war costs -- what the heck, eh?
Military families in this country do without while this woman, who heads up
the most do-nothing Congress in the history of our country, spends lavishly
to fly herself and associates to and from California every week.
Madame Pelosi expects you and me to conserve our carbon footprint by driving
smaller cars and buying a bicycle pump to over-inflate our tires for better
economy while she and her cohorts waste tax payer dollars.