Last year the EPA explored leasing a private jet for its adiministrator Scott Pruitt, but the plan was never carried out because apparently some of his advisors thought the monthly $100,000 cost was excessive.
That was a foolish, penny-pinching decision, worthy of Scrooge. The EPA’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year was $8,058,488,000. Why on earth should anyone care about a pittance like $1,200,000 a year’s worth of Pruitt’s flights?
It’s also unpatriotic and unhealthy. After all, he’s in charge of environmental protection and shouldn’t that start with his own personal environment? If we want Pruitt to be working at his best as he works for us average Americans, he should not have to put up with the crap that the rest of us face when we fly.
A private jet would spare Pruitt from the mediocre food, cramped seats with minimal leg room, unpredictable flight delays, kids kicking seat backs, malodorous and messy restrooms, people yapping on their phones, crying babies, unwashed passengers creating their own aroma zones, drunk or garrulous seatmates, and overworked and cranky flight attendants.
If we want the best and the brightest serving the nation, they should be treated that way. At the end of the day, $100,000 a month is a very small price to pay for protecting our environment. And like many other government officials, he’s probably writing a memoir about his time in office, so he should be able to do that in comfort.