The Secretary she was making reference to was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Devos and her family are “multi-billionaires.” /the family has contributed over $200 MILLION DOLLARS to the Republican Party. Betsy’s father, the founder of Amway, plead guilty to a criminal tax fraud claim in Canada and paid fines of twenty-five million dollars. Betsy’s brother Erik founded Blackwater, the private military company that the government infamously contracted to work in Afghanistan and Iraq. You remember, that was the company that killed more than a dozen civilians in 2007. Betsy has been bold and brash about the influence she’s bought in the Republican Party. She said:
“My family is the biggest contributor of soft money to the Republican National Committee,”
Betsy has her own private jet which she takes when traveling for work. Sarah Palin applauded her frugality because Betsy doesn’t ask for reimbursement from the government for the cost of the plane. However there are other costs to taxpayers that either Sarah Palin doesn’t know about or understand. DeVos is the only Cabinet member to get protection from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which has cost the U.S. tax payers nearly $8 million over eight months. That’s a cost of roughly $34,000 per day!!! The estimated cost of a private jet per year is between $700,000.00 and 4 MILLION DOLLARS. Obviously Ms DeVos has her jet before she was appointed Secretary of Education. Now that she uses the jet for work, she probably deducts the cost of the jet as a business expense. A 4 MILLION DOLLAR DEDUCTION probably saves her taxes of over a million dollars. Thus, she probably comes out ahead by taking the deduction rather than asking for reimbursement of the cost of each individual flight.
The DeVos family owns several private jets, including a Boeing BBJ 737, another BBJ 737 , a Gulfstream G550, and another G550, and a Bombardier Challenger 300. That’s five private jets. At that rate Betsy could devote one plane to official business and deduct the total cost of the plane.
3. When Donald Trump announced during the campaign that he would have a “major announcement and a very special guest in attendance” during a rally in Iowa. It was Sarah Palin who appeared at the rally. She flew on a private plane from Anchorage.
4. When Palin was campaigning for John McCain Palin flew private, chartered planes.
5. Palin also charged her PAC for private jets.
Sarah Palin and Betsy DeVos have never been financial conservatives. There are three differences between Palin and DeVos. DeVos is wealthy. Palin is not. DeVos was appointed by Trump to his cabinet. Palin was not.
Palin wears tableshirts.
Betsy does not.