A Reformed Smoker

If you still smoke please stop. If you haven’t started and aren’t already about to die from something else you should probably avoid starting. 

I’ve noticed some things of interest during my recent travels other than the sunset.

The “Big Three Auto-Execs” (an auto-exec batch?)  were begging Congress for billions of dollars today and were critisized for jetting into town in private airplanes.

This was probably bad form, but these guys are so far out in orbit who could expect them to know what little people like us would think anyway.

Before I go off on an aviation rantgent,  does anybody other than me remember that Chrysler sold out to Mercedes or somebody a few years ago? Shouldn’t it be the Big Two?  Would anybody other than my daughter buy a Chrysler product anyway?  

The danged airport they flew in to, formerly called Washington was changed to “Reagan (by Bush) so it would be named after a president. It should have been closed years ago but is kept open  because our lawmakers find it convenient.  Bush forgot that Washington was already named after a President, go figure. Our representatives are self serving, dang.

If it is reasonable for us to be offended that a pack of billionaire beggars shows up to beg for money, each in his own company plane costing 20,000,000 (at least) without even riding together, from as far away as Detroit ….. then American public opinon could be headed down a treacherous path of common sense.

If we find it offensive that these particuliar jackasses are too self-important to not have private jets then what about the rest of them out there?

The rest of them?  Wha? ……….. Oh Yea, just as the common sense cat got out of the sack some other jackass like me has to go and rat out an entire industry.

Most people haven’t the slightest notion of the size and scope of Corporate Aviation as an industry. You could do your own in depth internet research but there are a Buncho-BUNCH of little mulit-million dollar jets whizzing around the country on any given day. Taking people that are way too important to ride an airliner to places where they NEED to be from places they ain’t.

If you doubt my observation simply check out the airport in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby.  Or try to reserve a parking spot for your personal jet there (if you don’t have one you could fib). These people are way too  important to be seen in public or to be considered part of it.

Chicago during the weeks after the election was littered with these same corporate barges coming and going. Each one bringing people way too important to be seen, too dang special to stand in lines, and much too important to be ruffled by security checks. And certainly too important to be concerned with the costs of corporate travel.  A fun research paper would track the MDW (Chicago Midway) traffic in the weeks before and after the election and attach the registration numbers (used on the radio) of the airplanes to the FAA.gov records just to see who thinks it is important enough to send the jet(s) to Chicago. 

Walmart has the worlds largest fleet of corporate jets, but not the cleanest.

The cost of a corporate flight department is justified in two ways. First, airplane payments have great tax benefits. Second, the cost when divided by the daily wages of insanely important people seem to be a negative number. The idea here is that so many executive work days are saved by private planes that the expense is worth it. In case you aren’t an arithmetic whiz this is only possible if the wages are astronomically large.

I’m not a communiss, or a socialist, but I am concerned about our progression toward openly elitist capitalism. Things like elitism should be kept under wraps or advertised only for royalty, else the masses get grumpy. We don’t do well with grumpy masses. Never have.

At the very end of the Al Gore movie, after he was through being all presidential and scarry we were left with the unfortunate vision of his departure in a private G-2 smoking off into the wild blue yonder leaving a trail of jet exhaust at least a mile long.  What was the big hurry?

Happy Landings

American Sunset


One Response to “A Reformed Smoker”

  1. I forgot to mention that the above picture is HUGE. You can use it for a screen saver or such but since I am highly praise motivated I must be credited. And I must reserve expressed or implied rights to all forms of publication excepting those with my permission, or those that somehow make me wealthy beyond my wildest dreams.

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