"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Niles Gardner: Time for the White House to rein in Michelle Obama's out-of-control spending

A perfect example is Michelle Obama and her girls traveling to Martha's Vineyard four hours ahead of Obama on a separate plane and now Obama is headed back to DC this afternoon but the 'queen' is staying until tomorrow morning before she flies back to DC.  Is she going to cause problems for those people evacuating the Cape with her large entourage?   This Administration is truly tone deaf to the American people and what we are going through.

Obviously there is no shared sacrifice out of the Obama's as they feel entitled to all the perks they can find as President and First Lady.  Why does the American Taxpayer have to foot the bill for all the First Lady's vacations.  Who elected her?  Wonder if she like the Country now since they are living off the taxpayers as many are struggling to meet their bills.  This is beyond disgust that this pair have such little regard to Americans as they attempt to live like a King and Queen.

Time to send Obama and his Queen to the unemployment line in 2012.  Maybe they will decide to go live overseas since their time in the spotlight will be over and no longer will she be able to snap her fingers and a plane will be at her disposal.  She can go back to hating the United States.
Time for the White House to rein in Michelle Obama's out-of-control spending
By Nile Gardiner Last updated: August 26th, 2011 
With the United States facing a national debt of more than $14 trillion, the largest since World War Two, wouldn’t it make sense for the White House itself to start trimming its own spending? A good place to begin cutting would be Michelle Obama’s rather generous vacation programme. Keith Coffler, who edits the influential White House Dossier, notes that Michelle Obama spent no less than 42 days on vacation over the past year – that’s one in every nine days: 
Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore. 
The total does not include a nine day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard that the Obamas will enjoy this month. Nor does it include a trip she made to Ireland and Great Britain in May, which I’m counting as official travel.
As Coffler points out, there is a significant cost to the public purse: 
Taxpayers pick up most of the cost of transporting the first lady and her extensive entourage – including Secret Service and her staff – to her various destinations. While she may in some cases pay some of the tab for her personal expenses and travel, the amount is dwarfed by the overall cost to the public. 
It is unclear what the total cost to the taxpayer actually amounts to. According to one estimate provided by the Daily Mail, the First Lady stands accused by sources inside the White House of spending “$10 million of US taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.” Judging by the amount of vacation time Michelle Obama has taken and the level of security and staffing that she has, this sounds like a plausible figure. It would be in the public interest to have the exact numbers provided by the White House so that Americans know precisely how much of their money is being spent on vacations.
There does appear to be an unhealthy sense of entitlement on the part of the First Lady, which seems in poor taste at a time when 14 million Americans are out of work, the housing market is collapsing, and the United States is facing the strong possibility of a double-dip recession. 
Perhaps Mrs Obama could take a few tips on austerity as well as humility from her British counterpart Samantha Cameron, who has just one assistant, in contrast to at least 17 personal staff for the First Lady, and doesn’t feel the need to travel en masse with an entourage at taxpayers’ expense. The vast majority of Americans are making significant sacrifices at this time of economic turmoil, and tens of millions are struggling even to make ends meet. It’s time for both the President and the First Lady to exercise a bit of fiscal responsibility, not least when they are spending other people’s hard-earned money. 
Source: Visit the London Telegraph to see pictures of Michelle on vacation in Spain

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