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Senators Flying on Private Jets To DC = OK; Auto Executives Doing the Same = Bad
Political Castaway ^ | February 16, 2009 | Hythloday

Posted on 02/16/2009 7:53:58 PM PST by Hythloday

Senator Sherrod Brown took a private, taxpayer-funded plane from Cleveland to Washington and back so he could vote on the stimulus bill and get back to his mother's funeral the next day. Will he have to appear before Congress and be excoriated for flying on a private jet?

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KEYWORDS: 111th; bigthree; governmentjet; planes; senatorbrown; sherrodbrown; taxpayerfunded

1 posted on 02/16/2009 7:53:59 PM PST by Hythloday
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To: Hythloday

They rule us. We are stupid peasants. I can haz cheezberger?


2 posted on 02/16/2009 7:56:11 PM PST by allmost
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To: Hythloday

I’m going to guess “What is No?” for $1000 Alex?


3 posted on 02/16/2009 7:56:34 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

I really do not care that he flew on a private jet given the circumstances. You’d think someone would pick up on this and realize how bad it looks. More amateur hour at the White House, I guess.


4 posted on 02/16/2009 7:58:24 PM PST by Hythloday
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To: Hythloday
We belong to the peasant class whilst the Senators and Congressmen/women and the Fraud in Chief and the First Frump are elite so therefore only the very best for them. Won't be long before they send out the thugs to collect our guns, and ladies your jewelry and anything else of value to beef up our depleted gold stores. We are a socialist country now and we have to donate these things for the good of the state..sack cloth and ashes for us, ( sarc)
5 posted on 02/16/2009 7:59:19 PM PST by celtic gal (I think the democRATs should change their logo from a jackass to a RAT with a long tail.)
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To: Hythloday
Greta said she feels had that Pelosi and Co. rushed the vote of a bill nobody read so they could fly off to Italy in our military planes.
6 posted on 02/16/2009 8:00:36 PM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: celtic gal

Not yet ;)


7 posted on 02/16/2009 8:00:44 PM PST by allmost
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To: Hythloday

"Our constituents are fools who need to be enslaved."

8 posted on 02/16/2009 8:02:48 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Hythloday

Many of these people are only interested in using the power of their office for their own selfish ends. Congress has become a corrupt joke.


9 posted on 02/16/2009 8:04:44 PM PST by popdonnelly (I went to an Obama Townhall and threw away my crutches!)
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To: Hythloday
We need to limit the income of the bankers who will rescue the econmoy to $500,000, but we paid millions to those who had oversight of the failure of Fannie Mae, that was fantastic! It is funny how Barry and the Dems reward performance.

http://tinyurl.com/3lq64d

From 1998 to 2004, the years covered by the OFHEO investigation, it was headed by former Clinton budget director Franklin Raines, whose top management team included former Clinton Justice Department official Jamie Gorelick, sometimes mentioned as a future attorney general in a Democratic administration. During that period, the report says, Raines and his team grossly overstated Fannie Mae’s earnings — to the tune of $10.6 billion — for the purpose of paying themselves big bonuses. “By deliberately and intentionally manipulating accounting to hit earnings targets,” the report says, “senior management maximized the bonuses and other executive compensation they received, at the expense of shareholders.”

Investigators found that of the $90.12 million Raines was paid in that six-year period, more than $52 million came from EPS bonuses.” Director Franklin Raines made $90 million in bonuses.

Gorelick’s situation was similar. OFHEO found that she took home $26.46 million in the period from 1998 to 2002 (she left in that year, so she wasn’t there for the entire period under investigation). Of that figure, nearly $15 million came from EPS bonuses.

Of course, it wasn’t legit.

This is not going anywhere, but the audacity of hubris is deafening.

10 posted on 02/16/2009 8:04:53 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Hythloday
You have to understand, even under Stalin the Inner Circle had special privileges.

Pray for America

11 posted on 02/16/2009 8:16:42 PM PST by bray (The District of Corruption fits Obama like a Glove)
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To: allmost

12 posted on 02/16/2009 8:24:07 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: bray
You have to understand, even under Stalin the Inner Circle had special privileges...Pray for America

"the more things change, the more they stay the same"...Rousseau....
Stupid Americans, you voted for this g*d d@mn Marxist moron....here's your change.
There are two sets of rules. One set for the rulers and another for the rest of us. —Richard Yancey, former IRS tax collector

13 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:12 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: Hythloday

While we’re at it (limiting CEO pay), let’s put a cap on speaking fees Clinton and Powell can take when giving speeches. Or on profits people can make on cattle futures. Or on salaries movie stars can command for making a movie. How about the head of Google? Let’s limit his pay. Let’s limit the gazillions a Ben & Jerry could make from selling their company. Heck, let’s nationalize Ben & Jerry’s.


14 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:36 PM PST by Inkie (Attn Dems: Loose Lips Sink Ships -- but hey, I guess that's your goal))
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To: Hythloday

In the Communist super state, all comrades are equal. Some comrades are a little more equal.

In Mao’s China, and in the Soviet Union, not to mention North Korea and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, prominent commissars always exercised special privileges. The direction in which America is presently headed could not be more clear. The constitution is dead, and the prevailing collectivist mindset insures that we will soon rival third world nations in our levels of government corruption, venality, and arrogance.


15 posted on 02/16/2009 8:41:46 PM PST by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: celtic gal
We belong to the peasant class whilst the Senators and Congressmen/women and the Fraud in Chief and the First Frump are elite so therefore only the very best for them.

*snicker* LOL!
There are two sets of rules. One set for the rulers and another for the rest of us. —Richard Yancey, former IRS tax collector

16 posted on 02/16/2009 8:42:28 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: Hythloday

All the article refer to a ‘private jet’ ... if it was a military jet, it wasn’t ‘private’ and throws in a whole set of new questions. I am not familiar with ‘private jets’ going in and out of Andrews Air Force Base.


17 posted on 02/16/2009 8:45:17 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Hythloday

Hi all,
I wrote and sent the following to the White House and to both of my U.S. Senators:

During last year’s campaigns {then} Senator Obama promised the American People that the final version of any major new legislation would be available ON-Line for 5 days before the final vote. He implied that he would veto “instant legislation”. Pelosi & Reid. etc promised us 2 days to read the final version of any new legislation.

Yet , tonight some branch of our Government USED tax dollars to fly a sitting Senator back from his Father’s Wake! This was done to get than 60th Vote on a Bill that was only Hours Old.

That Flight was a bigger Abomination than when the Big 3 Auto Industry chiefs arrived in DC on separate private Jets. Whether the plane was a charter, military or other Government Craft, is unimportant. It was Waste, intentional and showy WASTE.
If you know any Senators that still want to punish industry for doing what Your Senate or White House just DID on the taxpayers dime; recognize their insanity. Try to get them to Re-Think “privilege” abuse.

JKW


18 posted on 02/16/2009 8:52:17 PM PST by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: Hythloday

They wouldn’t even understand the hypocrocy- because it is ok to spend other people’s money for a cause you pretend to believe in.


19 posted on 02/16/2009 8:53:24 PM PST by genghis
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To: EDINVA
So the tax money from my capitalist job is taken to pay for a government plane so a commissar can vote to turn the country into a socialist paradise?

I hope I wake up from this nightmare before long.

20 posted on 02/16/2009 8:55:41 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: Hythloday

If Congress was consistent in punishing executives needing bailouts, all our politicians’ jets would be taken away, and their salaries cut in half, if not more, for the extra several trillion THEY have put ALL OF US on the hook for.

Everyone who voted needs to literally be tarred and feathered and run out on a rail.


21 posted on 02/16/2009 9:54:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Diogenesis

Does the movie “Idiocracy” ring a bell?!


22 posted on 02/16/2009 9:55:48 PM PST by bushwon
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To: allmost

True...of course the Wall Street bankers also flew in on private jets..except one forgot who.


23 posted on 02/17/2009 2:01:46 AM PST by nyconse
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To: EDINVA

Pretty sure that everyone is using the term ‘private’ to distinguish from a commercial plane. The reports I have seen have identified it as a government plane (not AF1), so it very likely was a military plane.

The President himself has acknowledged that the expense of the flight is being borne by taxpayers and that it was considerable.


24 posted on 02/17/2009 5:01:02 AM PST by Selkirk
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To: Hythloday

In the future, please content from your blog into our bloggers forum.

Thanks,


25 posted on 02/18/2009 9:00:33 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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