Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling to his California home quite often. This seems to bother some people. If I worked in DC and lived someplace else I’d sure like to go home every weekend. I mean we all want to see our families and our homes. Jobs in DC tend to be temporary. So how can we really fault the guy.
Panetta has made the cross-continental flight from D.C. to Monterey five weekends since being sworn in at the Pentagon on July 1.
Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, has a home in the Pacific Northwest, which he rarely visited during his five-year tenure spanning three wars. Unlike most defense secretaries, Gates lived on a military installation in Washington, D.C., where he paid rent.
Some in Washington are questioning whether Panetta is taking a less "hands-on" approach to his new job. Panetta’s flights to California were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Come on, a guy doesn’t have to be on the job itself to be working. Not with modern technology as it is.
Just the same as with any member of Congress, Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare for every personal flight he takes. But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour
See he’s paying his way. Whoooh, wait a minute let me read that again.
…Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare…
But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour
Holy flying F*^*& batman. Is this how you set the example? Just one more worthless abuser on the Government payroll.
Screw this lets pay his full fare. That is his full couch fare and he can fly like I do. We’d still save a fortune.