Behold, how the government works!

Nikki Haley has managed to parlay her two-year stint as the ambassador to the United Nations into a lucrative career. She has been invited to join the board of directors of Boeing. Most of us may think of Boeing as your friendly aircraft manufacturer but it is a huge defense contractor and Haley’s relentless warmongering while at the UN must have endeared her to the hearts of the company and they are repaying the favor. Critics have noted the shamelessness of her move and Glenn Greenwald tweeted out that this is a reminder of the mutually beneficial cronyism between government officials and the private sector, where government officials while in office grease the skids to jobs after they leave.

You may be wondering how lucrative a gig being a director of Boeing is. It turns out it is far more than even I had imagined.

Haley has already shown herself to have a massive sense of luxury entitlement which has led to questions about her ethics while UN ambassador. She now demands to groups that invite her to give talks that she be flown by a private jet in addition to charging $200,000 per speech.

Meanwhile Pennsylvania Republican congressman Tom Marino resigned his position on January 23 just two weeks after he was sworn in last month. He then immediately took a job in the pharmaceutical industry. While in Congress, he was responsible for passing a law that restricted the ability of the Drug Enforcement Agency to monitor the abuse of prescription drugs and that helped in creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Donald Trump then naturally nominated him to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly referred to as the ‘drug czar’, but he had too much conflict of interest baggage even by the low standards we now have and his nomination was withdrawn.

You know who your government works for, folks.


  1. lanir says

    Sorry to nitpick but I think your opioid “addition” is supposed to be “addiction”.

    Thanks for pointing out all this stuff, by the way. I try to keep up with the news somewhat but it’s hard to track all the things I’m interested in. I’m afraid I read your cricket posts as passing curiosities but all the other news posts are about topics I’ve either read already or would prefer not to miss, and it’s interesting to see what other people think.

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