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Is this how the US Government should be spending taxpayer money during a recession?

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.
The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.
But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials.

Fiscally Responsible?

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:10 AM on Aug. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • O well, they are above us all. They should have anything they want because we are peons and can't do anything about it. (sigh) Freaking IDIOTS

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:41 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • I think this is the finest example of irony I have ever seen.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:08 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • I hate these people.

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:27 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • Shouldn't that money have been used to:

    1: pay down the deficit
    2: fund health care
    3: fund the expanded Medicaid program
    4: fund the expanded unemployment program

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:39 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • Now now ladies!! The Obamabots need those planes so they can get around. It's not cool to fly business class when you are a hotshot politician with trillions of dollars at your disposal.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:03 PM on Aug. 6, 2009

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