Okay, first off, I am not begrudging the President his time off. He works very hard, long hours and I am sure his family time is diminished. And as President there is an inherent cost associated with anything he does, recreation or not. I would never argue that we should not provide 24 hour security and all that entails.
All President’s take weeks or a month off in Summer — it’s how it’s done. In August DC is as barren as the Gobi Desert in relative terms. Little happens in August, and that is precisely because so many gov’t peeps take their time away then. Congress has usually adjourned; the Supreme Court Session does not begin until the first Monday in October, and as of late July the Redskins become the talk of the town – as a DC native & ‘Skin’s fan, that is as it should be.
But “date night” is a new breed of cat folks. Not that they do not deserve such – that is their business and theirs alone, up and until I am asked to foot the bill – then it becomes my business. That is one of “Snidely Whiplash’s rules to live by.” Your dime makes your actions no ones business, but my dime makes it my business. Fair is fair.
So to fly a Gulfstream 500 ain’t cheap. But that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. (according to Reuters they flew a “Gulfstream 500.” Other sources report other nomenclature for the aircraft involved.)
Do ya know that when the President travels by air his Marine One choppers are pre-flown to be at his disposal when he arrives at his destination. So are his motorcade of limos. Usually these things are placed on C5’s, C17’s or C141’s and pre-positioned for his use upon arrival. And yep, no grammar errors – they usually fly TWO of everything for a reliable backup.
So, did the President fly on the Gulfstream 500 and save fuel, etc., but still have the cargo jets fly his whole entourage to the Big Apple? I am not attacking him for it, just asking. If this was the manner in which “date night” was handled, then if I paid, I get to pass judgment on it.
If the only thing had been he and the Mrs. flew on the Gulfstream, I could imagine he could easily stroke a check for the $10 grand or so the trip cost in use time and fuel. But did they ship multiple Marine Ones and limos too? If so they used multiple cargo jets to do it, and that costs big money – big, big money!
So now we’re back to who paid for what and what is considered reasonable. Is it reasonable for you personally to spend that kind of money, even in relative terms to your personal income? So if you make $100K, do you drop $2500 for one night out? Not too damned likely. He makes $400K, so did he drop $10K to foot the fuel bill for the Gulfstream? Or did he stroke a check for $200K, the likely total cost of transport for multiple cargo jets, Marine Ones and limo motorcade?
If not, there is a seeming hypocrisy at play. The behavior of the Democrats in Congress toward the car execs was an atrocious display of hatred toward people who are largely considered “Republicans.” I mean big business is the exclusive bailiwick of Republicans according to many Lefties, which is really hard to reconcile when we look at Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Imelt at GE, Soros, and Bill Gates – Libs everyone.
The attacks leveled at the car execs were entirely politically motivated for one of two or maybe both purposes – to show those doing the attacking were “with the people on this” or just plain because those being attacked are rich men, thus Republicans in the eye of the public, truth notwithstanding.
So if Democrats in Congress and the blogosphere can attack, ad hominem, the car execs for being rich and powerful, at what point does my addressing the Obama “date night” have any reasonability in the minds of the partisan Lefty? Hello? Anyone?
When Imelt comes to DC to do his Obama thing, does he fly commercial? Yeah, when them monkeys fly outta my ass! So if he flies private jet, that’s cool? The Left will likely argue, “sure it’s fine. GE is not in financial trouble, so the taxpayer does not bear the expense.” Of course the implication is that since the auto makers needed bailouts, they can’t eat a Hostess cupcake on my dime without my passing judgment, right Lefties?
But I thought PART of the argument was the waste of resources that will likely run out by late tonight – tomorrow at noon Eastern at the latest! If the Left uses the “waste of precious resources” argument they will have negated their own argument, so do not expect that argument THIS TIME!
Again, Obama works damned hard and I would never argue he does not deserve to recreate however he and the Mrs. choose, but to ask us, ESPECIALLY when Obama in his own words says the “country is out of money now,” to foot the bill, how does this comport with the rhetoric and points the Left forward about we hateful Conservatives? About our “uncaring or concerned use of fossil fuels that pollute?”
So when a Conservative “wastes” resources, we are hateful Bastards – when Obama does it, how dare any ask any questions? No hypocrisy there!
Ya know folks, the farther we go down this road of insane fiscal acts and defaming Conservatives for breathing out too much carbon dioxide, yet accepting EVERYTHING Democrats DO, ESPECIALLY OBAMA, the empirical evidence mounts higher and higher that these usurpers are nothing what they swore to the nation they were.
So Bush and Republicans are lairs for relying on the info the Left thought was sufficient to go to war with? Only Conservatives waste precious resources? Only Conservatives are well off? Only Libs adhere to the Constitution? And of course, only Bush was a profligate spendthrift?
Let me close with this. Obama ain’t the bad guy here. He’s foolish and hypocritical, but he’s a Dem – no news there. But when his backers will actually defend this at the same time they excoriate a Conservative for breathing too much, well folks, that’s beyond the pale.
Last thought on this – the “majorities” some think they enjoy are figments of their way over-active imaginations. Yep, you won, but not by anything to write home about. And with each passing day Obama shows he was all talk and little real “hope & change.” The citizens will live with it for one because no one wants to admit they were played a fool, but a sufficient weight of such will see their imagined majorities wither into wherever they keep the truths hidden in Lib World.
When the porkulus, bailouts, the Obama 2 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT for this year alone and all the other hypocrisies (closing GITMO, Bush on trial, blah, blah, blah) come home to roost, I’ll bet y’all will wake up one morning screaming “Them GD Republicans stole the election!”
Mark my words folks. Ya cannot take a dump in the faces of the whole nation and expect that all Obama voters will tolerate such. The dedicated ideologue Lefty will be pleased regardless, but the “coalition of the willing idiot” will perish before your eyes. No one will tolerate being played a fool forever – no one.
And making me foot the bill for “date night” when the bill trips way up into the SIX FIGURES category, well you reap what you sow. I’ll gladly foot the bill for the customary travel and the month long vacation – even the weekends to his home to unwind are all par for the course, but let’s not act as if the man dropping HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS on a Broadway show, dinner and transport for one night is even remotely reasonable.
So, anyone from the opposition wanna play fair and tell me where I am wrong here, besides of course my tweaking y’all’s nipples a little with some peppery language? I’ll hold my breath – maybe someone will surprise me.