Re: [USA] tips for the aristocracy: how to brag

Subject: Re: [USA] tips for the aristocracy: how to brag
From: (RS Wood)
Newsgroups: dictator.america,
Date: Aug 24 2017 19:43:11
On 2017-08-23, Marko Rauhamaa <> wrote:
RS Wood <>:

Several Instagram commenters pointed out that, in a country where an
estimated 43 million people live below the poverty line and 6.4
million children live with food insecurity, flaunting ostentatious
wealth at least partially supported by taxpayer money goes beyond
tackiness and approaches sadism.

Oh, please. I'm all for the government providing for the needy. In fact,
the tax code should be used for the explicit purpose of redistributing
wealth. However, let the rich have their fun.

Ha ha!  You let *your* rich have *their* fun.  These rich are apparently
having their fun on the American taxpayer's account.  Surely you can agree
that's not right?  (Ms.  Mnuchin's egregiously snobbish behavior is
appalling, but that's another issue, apparently).

From the BBC:

   photo of Louise Linton and Steve Mnuchin disembarking a US Air
   Force plane Image copyright Instagram Louise Linton Image caption
   The now private post by Louise Linton has caused quite a storm on
   social media

   A watchdog group suspects an official trip by the US treasury
   secretary may have been planned around the solar eclipse.

   The US-funded flight to Kentucky drew scrutiny after Steven
   Mnuchin's wife posted a photo online of the couple exiting a US
   military plane.

   Louise Linton's now-private post added hashtags for fashion
   designers, and a rant at a woman who criticised her.

   The watchdog is demanding records to determine the nature of the
     * Louise Linton: The photo, the hashtags and the sarcasm

   The US Department of Treasury did not immediately respond to a
   request for comment.

   The Citizens for Responsibly and Ethics in Washington (Crew)
   filed a freedom of information request after the Scottish-born
   actress's Instagram post made headlines in the US.

   "The trip set off a public firestorm," Crew writes in the court

   It said that Ms Linton "snapped back" at a commenter in the post,
   "and defended her lavish lifestyle and the government-paid trip".
     * Solar eclipse 2017: The pictures you have to see
     * Chasing the moon's shadow at 40,000ft

   The request for records "would shed light on the justification
   for Secretary Mnuchin's use of a government plane, rather than a
   commercial flight, for a trip that seems to have been planned
   around the solar eclipse and to enable the Secretary to secure a
   viewpoint in the path of the eclipse's totality".
   Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 'Great American
   Eclipse' was the first to pass both US coastlines in nearly a

   During Mr Mnuchin's visit, he gave remarks alongside Senate
   Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a local event and visited US
   gold reserves at Fort Knox.

   In what critics have suggested could be a government ethics
   violation, Ms Linton's post tagged various fashion designers on
   the image of her and her spouse exiting the blue plane with
   United States of America emblazoned on the fuselage.

   "Glad we could pay for your little getaway," commented
   @jennimiller29, who is reportedly a mother-of-three from
   Portland, Oregon.

   "Did you think this was a personal trip?!" Linton wrote back,
   adding: "Have you given more to the economy than me and my

   The little-known actress later apologised through a publicist,
   saying "it was inappropriate and highly insensitive".

   A spokesman for the Department of Treasury told US media the
   Mnuchin family reimburses the government for Ms Linton's travel
   on official trips.

   It added that "she does not receive compensation for products she

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