(see below for time frame reference as to when this was written - Ed)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "party of the people", the San Francisco liberal is complaining about the size of the House speaker's jet and requesting one much larger than Republican Dennis Hastert was provided.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, "the Pentagon agreed to provide the House Speaker, who is second in the line of presidential succession, with a military plane for added security during trips back home."
House Speaker Republican Dennis Hastert used a Military provided 12 Passenger commuter-style jet to get him back to his home in Illinois. The jet at his disposal was a C-20 twin-engine aircraft.
According to a story in the Washington Times, that Pelosi's staff "was pressing the Department of Defense for an Air Force aircraft large enough to fly nonstop to San Francisco. (The great circle distance between Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA is 2,449 miles or 3,941 km or 2,128 nautical miles - just a bit less then 1/2 the non-stop range of the C-20.)
She also has pressed to be able to include other members of the California congressional delegation, her family members and her staff on the plane."
The Pentagon said that Pelosi would not be provided with the C-32 which is estimated to cost in excess of $22,000 per hour to operate. Or about $200,000 for one round trip for Pelosi's 3 day work week.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As usual, in investigating the e-mailed bit of information, I find that this story relates to a Washington Times article from 2007:
...which I got from this Washington Post article - also from Feb of 2007:
These types of investigation are a form of enjoyment for me because I never know what I will find whenever I go 'down the rabbit-hole'.
Here is the article I was originally going to post:
But after an hour of research, I believe the posted article has the most up-to-date information. Here is Larry Johnson's follow-up article of March 11th - with video:
The e-mail I received initially had the following two comments (the person who sent it to me, and the person who sent it to her) - which I agree with wholeheartedly, and is the reason I post this information on Freedom's Phoenix - WE HAVE NO FEAR IN WHAT WE REPORT!:
I think of the military families in this country doing without and this woman, who heads up the most do-nothing Congress in the history of this country, keeps fueling that jet while doing nothing.
Madame Pelosi wants you and me to conserve our carbon footprint. She wants us to buy smaller cars and Obama wants us to get a bicycle pump and air up our tires.
These people are nuts.
If you think this is outrageous, forward it to all those on your email list!
Keep in mind the figures above do NOT include cost of plane or crew, just fuel!
One wonders what her total package cost us? And she wants to tax OUR Ira's & 401K's.....
YOU WILL NEVER SEE THIS IN ANY NEWSPAPERS IN THE COUNTRY! THEY HAVE NO GUTS - THEY WOULD RATHER SEE PEOPLE STARVING THAN REPORT ON THE MONSTER THAT IS NANCY PELOSI
I say we send it to all the News people we can and see if one or more has NO FEAR to air it and talk about the real news, about all of us being robed.
And tell you're Congress persons that we are not putting up with this. We can impeach if we all stick together and start firing them that are not doing what is ask by the people. Spending money that is costing us. We pay to get to work if we have a job at this time and they should also, right out of their own pocket .Then we would not be is this big of a mess if they had to pay out for what they want, just like all of us do.
What would you do if some one that work for you was stilling your money? I think you would fire them and have the police take them away. Even stores are standing up and doing so.
So what in the world is wrong with us not taking it back?
We must stop talking about it and do it the right way !!! Put them out . !!!!! And have stricter rules for them in office on the way they are spending.
Are we as America people going to just keep letting them take every thing from us???
I'm ready to take the next step are you?