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Marie Antoinette Pelosi. Let them Eat Cake! by The Elephant's Child

We thought it was out-of-line when Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded military jets assigned to her for her personal transportation.  We thought it was out-of-line when the Democrats took a very expensive junket on three 747s to the Copenhagen Climate Conference.

Now it appears that Pelosi’s children and grandchildren are using military jets as a cross-country shuttle service from San Francisco so they don’t have to mix with ordinary folk.

Military flights cost between $5.000 and $20,000 an hour to operate.  The Speaker and her passengers routinely reimburse the Air Force $120 to $400 for each flight.

She appears to have requisitioned flights for the use of her children, grandchildren and  in-laws for their routine travel needs.  Doug Ross sums up the evidence as is known so far, with manifests and travel requests.

I don’t believe in an imperial Congress.  Nancy Pelosi is simply the Speaker of the House of Representatives, not some kind of royalty.  The Founders would be horrified at the goodies the members of Congress have claimed for themselves.  If regular air travel is crowded and inconvenient — that’s what the rest of us have to put up with too.

They have arranged automatic pay increases.  The barber shop, the medical clinic and all sorts of services are arranged so that they do not have to mix with the public.  Yet the most frequent complaint about Congress is that they are out-of-touch with their constituents.

The American people have made it clear that they do not want the government-run health care program that the Democratic Congress is pushing.  The Los Angeles Times reports:

But in the coming weeks, Pelosi and Reid hope to rally House Democrats behind the healthcare bill passed by the Senate while simultaneously trying persuade Senate Democrats to approve a series of changes to the legislation using budget procedures that bar filibusters.

Almost all of the proponents of a healthcare overhaul are desperate to avoid a repeat of the contentious public debate and deal-making that consumed Capitol Hill last year.

“In a 24-hour news cycle, with the Internet and bloggers and cable news, sometimes a lot more can be accomplished, especially with healthcare, when it happens behind closed doors,” said Drew Altman, a healthcare policy expert who heads the nonprofit Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

A lot more can be accomplished in secret behind closed doors.  Don’t want any “contentious” public debate.  Can’t have the rubes interfering by offering their opinions.

This is America.  We are supposed to have contentious public debate! The actions of the representatives of the people are supposed to take place in public.  Congressional Democrats and their Speaker are not only out-of-touch, but have forgotten their place.  We will have to remind them.


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Privilege almost always leads to abuses of privilege. Our ennobled representatives exercise obnoxious privileges. This can be stopped very quickly actually.

The citizens gave them what authority they rightfully have, permitted them privileges to exercise that authority effectively, and it is time, seeing that these frauds have abused privileges to appropriate more authority, for the citizens to go to the ballot box and remove many hundreds of obnoxious politicians.

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Comment by zeusiswatching

Oh, of course a lot of it is simply human nature. Working in the beautiful capitol building, waited on constantly — first thing you know, they feel important. Voting them out is, of course, the solution, but a little gerrymandering here and a Secretary of State Project there, and it gets hard to get rid of them.

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