Recently Southwest airlines and the FAA have had some pretty unfriendly skies. Thousands of canceled flights and software glitches have caused countless travelers to delay or cancel business and leisure travel, some over the busy holiday season. Despite all of this, Transportation Secretary and rear admiral Pete Buttigieg has declared that the FAA is doing a good job, but Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina isn’t having any of it. She has filed a bill in an attempt to ground Mayor Pete until the issue is solved, or at least force him to fly Spirit Airlines with the rest of the rabble. Check this out.
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina filed legislation that would force Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his staff to fly commercial airlines until the Federal Aviation Association and the Southwest Airlines fiasco is solved.
“In the past six months Sec. Buttigieg has flown private approximately 20 times. So, until the issues with Southwest and the FAA are investigated and resolved, he and his staff should be required to fly commercial just like every other American,” read a press release from Mace’s office.
GOP Rep. Nancy Mace files bill that would force Pete Buttigieg to fly commercial until FAA and Southwest fiasco is solved https://t.co/hLFely2uKs
— Rob Mattox (@RobMattox2) January 12, 2023
Certainly, as a brave warrior against climate change, Mayor Pete would be amenable to flying with the toenail-picking, mid-air brawling, own-snack-bringing goobers populating Allegiant Air? A man that vacations as much as Mayor Pete should be stacking frequent flyer miles on janky old planes, not jet-setting on the taxpayer’s dime on private jets. I understand most of these carriers don’t offer in-air Wi-Fi, so he wouldn’t be able to look like he is actually doing his job, but at least he could watch movies while he flies!
“If according to Sec. Buttigieg, on MSNBC earlier today, the FAA systems are constantly being updated, and if they’re so good, then why is he flying private all the time?” said Mace in the press release.
“Until we see the Southwest Airlines debacle investigated; until the FAA software glitches are fixed; and until we complete the FAA reauthorization later this year, the Secretary of Transportation should be required to fly commercial just like everyone else,” she added.
What better way to drive home the issue than to force the boss man to actually have to experience the absolute thrill of low-budget commercial air travel? Let Mayor Pete be waiting to board zone “d” just as they announce the flight is being canceled because of weather or some other excuse. Then let him rush to the rental car counter and wait in line for two-plus hours to rent a car for a fifteen-hour drive. Oh, wait. That was my experience with “break your Spirit Airlines last summer.” At any rate, Mace has put Pete on blast and holding his pedicured feet to the fire until this gets solved. Some on the left are attempting to give the Secretary a pass on this one, but Mace isn’t buying it.
While many criticized Buttigieg as the head of the Transportation Dept., some on the left, like Fox News contributor Richard Fowler, blamed capitalism in an attempt to exonerate the Biden cabinet official.
“To blame Pete Buttigieg for the fact that Southwest can’t manage their planes is ridiculous,” said Fowler. “Once again, this is about capitalism and an airline that cannot manage it.”
Capitalism for the win! Once again, the left wants to blame anyone except the person charged with heading TRANSPORTATION! However, if the Secretary was a cis-white male, you can bet the left would be losing their mind right now, at least what’s left of it. If you are in charge of something, and it is failing, you are responsible. Nancy Mace wants to make sure Mayor Pete feels every inch of that too-narrow seat and is doing everything she can to make sure he does.
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