|Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 26):|
You're quite correct. What I was really getting at was that no head of state needs an aircraft of that size for personal transport. As far as Speaker Pelosi or any other state rep is concerned, I'm pretty much of the opinion that their non-commercial transport should be financed by their respective state and not the federal government. Perhaps Madam Speaker's place in line for the presidency should anything happen to Dubya or Darth Cheney makes her an exception to that idea, but otherwise, I think it should stand.
|Quoting Aloges (Reply 9):|
Agreed. Then again, you could as well argue if a flying command post needs to be the size of a 747-200.
*And other quotes on this topic.
Usually more than just the President flies on Air Force One though. Quite a bit of his staffers and advisors, as well as the press are on board as well. And business is conducted while aboard the aircraft.
If one could show me Mrs. Pelosi needed the space on the 757 to also transport advisors and staffers and conduct business on board the aircraft while enroute to California, I wouldn't gripe at all. But using it just as a status symbol and for the sake of personal transport to go home when there are more efficient options is a waste of taxpayer money.
|Quoting JAL777 (Reply 7):|
I guess actively working to reduce global warming is for OTHER people.
Isn't that the [sad] truth.