Allen B. West

Obama vacations have cost you $18 million — so far

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Lately, President Obama has been talking about “austerity” and cutting spending. What a crock.

According to a report by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner,
when you total all the reported expenses of the first family’s 22 vacations so far to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, Spain, Colorado, Florida, Africa, etc are combined, the estimate of Obama vacations reaches over $18 million when hotel and resort rent, security hotel and car rentals and airfare are included. Austerity?

As you may be aware, Mr. and Mrs. had separate Valentine’s Day vacations — y’all can do your own analysis on that.

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But how does the Commander-in-Chief look into the eyes of the young men and women in our military on food stamps as he and the FLOTUS jet off all around the globe?

According to the Washington Examiner, Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has been “bird dogging” this issue. Concerned about the trip expenses and the administration’s lack of transparency on the trips, Judicial Watch has sought spending documents. They’ve had success on just eight trips and only received Air Force and Secret Service expense forms which total $2,417,595.47. Included is the $1 million tab for Michelle Obama’s 2011 trip to Africa, her $476,585 2010 vacay in Spain, the first couple’s 2009 New York City date night that cost $11,648 and the first lady’s 2013 trip to Aspen for Presidents’ Day costing $81,523.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “The Obama administration has simply stopped voluntarily producing information about the costs of the travel. It is radio silence. They are in cover-up mode.”

And a final bit of history regarding Obama’s budget proposal released this week. He and his acolytes say he’s driven deficits down to their greatest levels since World War II.

Ha. Let’s do a quick analysis. Obama promised in his first term to cut the deficit in half. The deficit that Obama “inherited” from George Bush’s final year was $458 billion, but every deficit in Obama’s first term was at or above $1 trillion. And for the liberal progressives out there who rely on Common Core math standards, a deficit is the difference between incoming revenues (which were at a high) and outlays (spending). The deficits have fallen over the last two years not because of Obama, but because House GOP held firm on the sequester cuts which Obama claimed would cause the sky to fall.

Income inequality, shared prosperity, economic equality, austerity, fair share, what a bunch of bovine excrement emanating from the mouth of the worst president America may ever know (at least I hope it doesn’t get any worse). As I have stated before, the low information voters will turn us from citizens into subjects.

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