Friday, October 27, 2006

Chairman Waxman gets warmed up on Leavitt

Soon-to-be-Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman found this nugget: "Cabinet secretaries — especially former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt — use too many private planes to travel on government business, which has cost taxpayers $1.5 million since January 2001."
Why is Leavitt taking "19 trips aboard a private jet leased by CDC at a cost of $726,048 in order to promote administration policies"? Can't Leavitt fly coach to pimp privatizing social security and Medicare Part D? Waxman makes an outrageous request:
"If Cabinet secretaries are going to continue to travel across the country in the coming weeks, their travel should be economical and comply fully with federal travel regulations"
Waxman and Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., wrote to all the federal agencies in June asking for information on their use of private aircraft.

Waxman also noticed that these trip were four times higher in 2004 to battleground states than in 2001, 2003, and 2005. Former Governor Leavitt, stop using the federal government as tool for the Republican Party. You are a millioniare, use your own damn jet if you want to fly private.

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