As perhaps a sign of the times, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that he will not make use of one perk of his new office: chartered military plane flights to and from his home district each week. Nancy Pelosi’s use of a military transport plane to fly to her home district in California, from Washington D.C. each week, caused a lot of controversy when it was reported that she wanted an even bigger plane so that she could make the trip non-stop.
False reports circulating on the internet claimed that Pelosi spent around $100,000 for alcoholic beverages and food on plane flights for herself, family and friends. In fact, Pelosi doesn’t drink and food and drink consumed by friends and family is reimbursed. Nonetheless, Boehner’s move could save millions of dollars in the long term as military flights to and from Pelosi’s San Francisco district costed taxpayers about $1 million a year.
But can anybody sit next to the speaker one of these flights and give him an earful about the state of the country, or his plans to dismantle health care reform? The answer to these question are probably “no.”