An adicle (my portmanteau for an article that is actually a paid advertisement) in a recent issue of FORTUNE, paid for by a company that operates fleets of private planes and sells fractional shares in them, bemoaned the drop in private jet usage after Congress and the press lambasted the Big Three chiefs who jetted to Washington to beg for money. The article complained that legislators misunderstood the convenience, importance, and, yes, economy of private airplane travel to business. It asserted that many users were "middle management" and salespeople. And it worried that the legislators' attacks endangered the jobs of over a million people who worked in the small plane air travel business.
All of which missed the point: It looks really bad when you travel in luxury to plead poverty.