New Yorkers were rightly outraged by yesterday's Air Force One photo shoot over Manhattan. What I haven't seen discussed, however, is the timing of what was likely a very expensive "classified mission" to update the photo of Air Force One on the White House website.
Back in November every politicianwas outraged when the Big Three auto industry CEOs flew private planes to DC to ask for taxpayer money. This was a stupid move by the automakers and was a clear symbol of waste in an industry that has been operated poorly for decades.
So why aren't politicians just as outraged over the taxpayer money wasted on yesterday's photo shoot. I don't know the exact cost of an Air Force escorted photo shoot in downtown Manhattan, but I'm willing to bet it cost taxpayers a whole lot more than the auto industry CEO private flights back in November.
To me yesterday's photo shoot flight (and lack of political outrage over the cost) is just as significant of a symbol as the private flights in November. Our government finds more ways to waste taxpayer money on a daily basis than any corporation in this country - including the auto companies.
Our government leaders need to start practicing what they preach.