None of my recent pharma-related posts have received nearly as much feedback as I got from my off-the-reservation blog Thursday about Jetgate.
The poll drew more than 2,000 votes yesterday, running 4-to-1 in favor of the CEOs of General Motors , Ford and Chrysler flying commercial instead of on private aircraft to and from Washington this week. But the emails are more evenly split and actually skew more to the minority position, although most of those who wrote in to defend the use of corporate jets didn't provide their names.
Steve Kauten wrote, "That pretty much sums it up. They have not got a clue."
Roger Brasher, a union boilermaker in Alabama said, "Funny how these guys seem to be so insulated from what is going on around them. Their companies are losing money left and right and they NEED (his emphasis) to fly on private jets. Security reasons, maybe? If these guys' annual salary was comparable to those salaries of the people that work for them there would be no need for special security."
Ray Boleman emailed, "You are right on target. Sell the planes or no money from the taxpayers. Enough is enough. Why can't the CEOs do their part if they expect the taxpayers to pay for poor management, high union labor cost and poor product construction?"