Most people would agree that the federal budget is bloated and expenses can be cut.
One of the supposed champions of this idea is Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Except it turns out Price has been jetting around the Northeast on private chartered jets at government expense.
Price isn’t the only cabinet secretary to be afflicted by the disease of grandiosity. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and his wife have likewise flirted with ridiculous airplane demands. And the Trumps ... well, you know the story of their travel expenses.
There is more than just the cost. The biggest problem with treating yourself as different from the masses is that you start to believe you are special or entitled. It’s hard to empathize with the people you are supposed to be serving when this insidious idea creeps into your head.
Taking a commercial flight—in the tourist class section—will quickly bring most people back to reality. Even that flight is a privilege.