Friday, May 6, 2011
"Nancy Pelosi's Frequent Flyer Program"
For two years Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi opined that "the oil men in the Whitehouse" was the reason gas prices were so high. This did not prevent her from making 85 trips at taxpayer expense during her last year as Speaker of the House. The U.S. Air Force expensed the cost out on separate expense line items and reported the cost to taxpayers to ferry Pelosi and her friends and family on weekend jaunts to San Francisco. The expenses totalled $ 1,285,362.00 dollars. An additional $86,000 was spent for food and alcohol. ( Judicial Watch December 2010, Volume 16, Issue 12.)
Other taxpayer expensed items prove that our former Speaker had expensive tastes:
"On one junket to Baghdad, according to the Air Force report, she had the aircraft bar stocked with Johnny Walker Red Scotch, Grey Goose Vodka, E&J Brandy, Bailey's Irish Creme, Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Dewars Scotch, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Corona Beer and several varieties of wine."
Note: None of the above listed "refreshments" was offered to our military troops in Iraq since they are not allowed to partake in alcohol while serving in a Muslim country. This luxury is reserved for our honorable public servants.
Also, regarding Pelosi's assertion that oil prices were high because of the "oil men in the Whitehouse", Pelosi failed to disclose that she and her banker husband own more than a million dollars in stock in a California Natural Gas company (Clean Energy Corporation) which has received favorable treatment by Pelosi during her congressional service.
Somehow last November the American people decided that Ms. Pelosi needed to be "grounded". Now that she is no longer Speaker, her air travel is limited to a choice between Southwest Airlines or "broom".