Monday, January 26, 2009

Animal Farm Re-dux

I think I almost need to start a special reoccurring post called Animal Farm Moments.

Just read here that 600 private jets were expected for Obama's inauguration. The previous record was 300 for George W. Bush's 2004 inauguration:

Of course, flying private to a celebration of a populist, pro-environment President is a bit like the Detroit execs jetting to Washington for bailout money. How do you call for social responsibility after touching down in a $40 million, gas-guzzling Gulfstream? (Maybe travelers will buy carbon credits).[...]

The presence of so many wealthy and their jets also underscores a stark reality of Mr. Obama’s election and presidency. As much as some people wish that Mr. Obama–the face that launched millions of grass-roots Internet donors–will eliminate the influence and impact of the wealthy on politics, the wealthy will always have a center table in Washington. And, of course, a prime spot to park their Gulfstreams.


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