Trump administration gave personal jet firms over half a billion in pandemic bailout funds

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Accountable.US experiences that personal jet firms, as a gaggle, made out fairly nicely when it got here to handing out emergency pandemic funds. Non-public jet firms received over $643 million in federal aid, spread across three emergency programs. The bulk, over half a billion {dollars}, got here in grants from the Payroll Help Program.

“[A]t least 49 personal jet firms have been given entry to all three applications, taking as much as $87.38 million in federal COVID stimulus funds between them,” notes the report.

What are you able to say? They’ve got lobbyists, and you don’t.

So then: How mad ought to we be about this? It is arduous to instantly say. It’s true that we don’t want employees out of labor, not even employees who cater primarily to an higher class that doesn’t notably care whether or not the remainder of us stay or die. It is usually true that these industries are among the many most expendable within the nation. Like cruise traces, there’s a sturdy case to be made that pushing the whole trade right into a crevasse and protecting it over would do considerably extra worldwide good than hurt.

What wasn’t being carried out, whereas we stored the personal jet trade afloat lest our minor celebrities and executives of mid-tier spendthrift firms be pressured to share cabin area with riffraff, is developing with a plan to stave off a depression-level homelessness disaster after eviction moratoriums expire. Or a plan to distribute the vaccines that have been urgently demanded, till the administration misplaced curiosity. Or any federal meals distribution plan that didn’t rely primarily across the precept of Sucks To Be You.

How a lot would it not have value to offer each family in America a rotating provide of droplet-filtering masks? Not a complete lot, proper?

We may have even chartered all of the personal jets within the nation to assist ship them. It wouldn’t have been essentially the most environment friendly plan, however we may have met midway on this one.