While the rest of the country is under a misery index going over the top of the scales, the King and family go on lavish vacations that cost the tax payers during a time when there are so much hardship for other people. I guess now we understand why he must raise taxes. How else can he keep affording these royal vacations?
A record-breaking 47.8 million Americans are on food stamps, an increase of about 1.3 million from a year earlier. The official unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, a number that obscures the reality that millions of Americans who have given up looking for work aren’t counted, and that the labor force participation rate of 63.6 percent measured in December 2012, is the lowest in 32 years. The national debt is $16.7 trillion and growing. White House tours have been cancelled due to sequestration. And amidst it all, Barack Obama and his family have taken four lavish vacations in three months.
Every president deserves time off. Yet the unabashed luxuriousness of the Obamas’ lifestyle reflects a genuine tone-deafness with regard to the pressing concerns of millions of Americans, as well as the president’s priorities. Even as he blamed sequestration for the decision to cancel White House tours that would have cost a total of $2 million for the rest of the year, it was revealed that the known cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation in Hawaii last year was at least $4 million. That vacation was also the fourth one taken in Hawaii in four years, three of which involved separate flights First Lady Michelle Obama took to get there ahead of her husband. This year’s separate flight, necessitated by the president’s trip back to Washington to complete the fiscal cliff deal before returning to Honolulu, cost taxpayers an additional $3.24, and ran the total tab for the 2012-13 trip to more than $7 million.
The total for the four trips combined? More than $20 million.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) put that trip in perspective, noting that it cost American taxpayers “over a million dollars,” which was “enough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough.” The rest of the family was on vacation in Colorado at the time, meaning taxpayers are billed for yet another separate use of Air Force One, which costs approximately $180,000 an hour to use. This marks the fourth Colorado ski vacation in four years for the First Lady and and her daughters, Malia and Sasha. Judicial Watch confirmed that the cost of 2012 trip, including U.S. Secret Service costs, as well as accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, totaled $48,950.38.
Again, no one is denying that vacations are a necessary component of the First Family’s life. Yet it is a bit more than ironic that the same media who roundly criticized former president George W. Bush for what amounted to a series of working vacations at his own ranch in Crawford, Texas, is conspicuously uninterested in the lavish nature of the current president’s sojourns. That silence becomes even more curious when, unlike his predecessor, Obama has constantly railed about the need for “shared sacrifice,” the “deeply destructive” nature of the sequester, and in one of the more recent of many his many class warfare rants, bashed Republicans for favoring ”jet owners over teacher jobs”–even as he and his family have often doubled down on the use of Air Force One to arrive in the same place at different times.
As many Americans continue to cope with the weakest recovery on record, it would be nice to think the president might demonstrate some sensitivity to their ongoing plight or at least make a minimal effort at limiting the stunning bill they have left the taxpayer with. With regard to that reality, there are plenty of places Obama and his family could enjoy both down-time and privacy that would cost far less taxpayer money at a time when the economy remains exceedingly fragile — and president is allegedly concerned about every dollar in reduced spending that has been engendered by the sequester. Instead, Americans are witnessing the kind of self-indulgence that puts an exclamation point on the “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy that afflicts so many progressives who express their “solidarity” with “ordinary Americans” even as that solidarity amounts to little more than lip service.
When the Obamas enjoy yet another lavish vacation at Martha’s Vineyard this coming August — accompanied by a taxpayer-funded entourage that includes dozens of Secret Service agents, communications officials, aides, chauffeurs, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, a presidential helicopter, a jet, and armored SUVs to transport the First Family around the island — perhaps the president will take a moment or two to reflect on the reality that millions of Americans, due in large part to the Obama administration’s woeful economic policies, won’t be taking any vacations at all.
Wouldn’t we all like to take this many vacations in so short of a time period, but so many of Americans will not be enjoying vacations. With the cost of gas and prices rising on everything, the average family is barely making ends meet. But, it is the tax payer who suffers paying for these lavish and constant vacations the King and his family so enjoys.
The Alinsky press is minimizing these trips of course, saying the King has to have vacation time just as any other president and are complaining that Bush took vacations on his ranch clearing up brush.
Oh now that’s a great comparison! The morons who defend this kind of tax payer robbery have to criticize Bush for clearing brush at his ranch? Come on Alinskyites, come up with some better talking points than that!
A hat tip to Bull for the the word cockroaches. (Bull, I hope you don’t mind me using your images but you can always use the bed bugs.) You will have to read his article, Seeing Is Believing to get the joke about that one. http://rightring.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/seeing-is-believing-lessons-in-nature/