Last week as General Motors and Chrysler were submitting their latest recovery proposals to the U.S. Treasurer Department, Congressional leaders who excoriated Detroit-based executives for their management abilities and business practices continued using your tax dollars to pay for non-commercial jets. It is a striking, but by no means only, example of Washington “ethics” at work. Congress in the midst of the global financial collapse continues to do what it wants and not what it says you or companies should do.
Consider Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, who issued the following statement following a meeting at the Vatican with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI: “It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today. In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family’s Papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.”
So Pelosi was in Rome as Detroit and the economy were burning. And how did Pelosi get to Rome? Why aboard an Air Force jet.