Why is that a big deal? As the ABC report notes, GM's Rick Wagoner, who is seeking $10 to $12 billion to prop up his company, burned up $20,000 of GM money as the cost of a round trip with his tin cup. On the other hand, he could have flown forth and back to Detroit, first class, for $837. Better yet, coach fair on Northwest Airlines, which you and I suffer, would have been $288.
Ford's Alan Mulally, paid $28 million, and his wife have corporate jet perks. They live in Seattle and Mulally flies home each week end aboard his Ford jet, to spend, I presume, more time with his family. It's amazing how indifferent they are to spending other people's money, particularly when it is earmarked for their personal comfort and convenience.