Too many members of Congress including outgoing Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, frequently fly first class or are transported by military charter around the nation and abroad for so-called fact finding missions, which frequently are just junkets. These flights are paid for by tax dollars. The yearly costs total several hundred million dollars.
How refreshing to learn that incoming Republican Speaker John Boehner will be riding commercial instead of military transport. In these difficult fiscal times that's something all Congress members should emulate. I would urge him to also take the next step by joining constituents in undergoing basic security screenings at airports. Real leadership sets an example for others.