WASHINGTON, February 15, 2014 — The Olympics are in full swing, and it is a pity there is not a gold medal for hypocrisy. President and Michelle Obama would win the Gold hands down. They would have no serious competition.
Barack Obama is celebrating the increase in America’s debt ceiling by spending more money on himself and his family. Fresh from a lecture to America on income equality, the Obamas are off on vacations that would make billionaires jealous.
The mainstream media have been almost silent on yet another opulent Obama vacation. Actually two Obama vacations: Barack Obama headed off to California for a three day golf vacation, while Michelle headed to Aspen, the winter playground of the rich and famous. Michelle, who sometimes thinks she is a queen, not a first lady, flew with her children — at taxpayer expense — to Aspen, Colorado.
The rich and famous were seriously inconvenienced for an hour while Aspen’s airport was shut down so that she could arrive without impediment on her government jet.
It must be tough being the Obamas. Just a month ago, they were off on a two week golf vacation to Hawaii. There have been myriad other vacations. They go to Martha’s Vineyard. She goes to Spain with her girl friends. She takes the children on an African adventure. He golfs and golfs and golfs.
The hypocrisy could not be more stunning.
America’s workforce has not been this small since Jimmy Carter was president. Labor force participation is at a record low. Millions of Americans have simply given up on getting work. More Americans than ever now see the American dream of middle class prosperity as one they can no longer share.
The response of the Obamas is simple: Let’s take another vacation — on separate planes, if possible.
Ten years ago, when the economy was booming, the media regularly pilloried George W. Bush for spending a lot of time on his own ranch in Texas. Bush was not out partying with the rich and glamorous; Waco isn’t a place where the glamorous choose to gather. He just went home to clear mesquite and conduct the nation’s business outside of the Washington fish bowl. Yet there is almost complete silence from the media on yet another Obama vacation.
If Congress had any courage, they would defund the Obamas’ vacations. Americans are suffering, unemployed, and in poverty. Americans are living through the Great Obama Depression, and all the Obamas want to do is take another government paid vacation.
If the Obamas want to take vacations, they should do it the way other people do it: They should pay for it themselves. They’re rich — six times as rich as they were when Obama took the White House, and probably a tiny fraction as rich as they’ll be when they leave it. Their net worth has risen from about $2 million in 2008 to about $12 million today. If they want to take the vacations of the rich and famous, let them pay for it.
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