On 2017-08-23, Marko Rauhamaa <email@example.com> wrote:
RS Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
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
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
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
"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