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Obama's shocking travel costs reek of reckless spending
BIZPACReview.com ^ | John R. Smith

Posted on 04/24/2012 7:05:53 AM PDT by SmileRight

Let’s look into abuse, namely the wholesale abuse of taxpayer money. I don’t mean raising taxes. I mean the indiscriminate spending of tax money by government officials.

It’s bad enough that the General Services Administration blew $823,000 in tax dollars on a posh, five-day spending spree in Las Vegas at a "training conference."

No, I’m talking about the recklessness of the president of the United States, as he spends your money on travel for himself and his wife. Here’s a man who is supposed to set a reasonable example, when, in fact, the best word for his behavior is extravagant. Some of his trips are justified state visits and some are boondoggles, but all are turned into photo opportunities on our dime.

Obama’s failed visit to Colombia last week presents the opportunity to investigate presidential trips, and...

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: debt; obamacampaign; obamatravel; taxpayerexpense; wrecklessspending
The MSM compares "days" of vacations between Obama and Bush. What they fail to mention is that most of Bush's vacations were at his ranch in Texas, and I'm sure cost far less than trips to Spain, renting mansions in Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, etc.
1 posted on 04/24/2012 7:05:59 AM PDT by SmileRight
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To: SmileRight

Just think how much more Romney would spend? A Republican Congress, no real check on him. It would be a mess.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 7:07:35 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: SmileRight

L’Etat c’est moi, sucka.


3 posted on 04/24/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SmileRight

supposed to set a reasonable example,
What leftist/marxist is ever reasonable in anything.

And, I hope the liberal msm gets their butts bitten badly over the way they have treated obama versus Bush. I know that won’t happen but I can dream.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 7:10:50 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: SmileRight
No, I’m talking about the recklessness of the president of the United States.

The danger remains Communism.

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It was the Communist plan in 1934. It is 0bama’s Communist plan today.

If I wanted America to fail

5 posted on 04/24/2012 7:13:52 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SmileRight
The trips abroad and the vacations get all the press but BO is in constant motion campaigning in the US as well.

Anybody w/ the opportunity should talk w/ people involved in these caravans.

He flies his motorcade ahead of him everywhere w/ a couple of C130s-including 2 of the "monster" or "beast" whatever they call the bullet-proof SUV that's built like a Bradley. There are also limos and other vehicles for the staff.

I've also heard that the super bus thing he had custom made in Canadia follows him everywhere as well.

Each of these stops racks up 100's of thousands of $$. He'll do several a week.

6 posted on 04/24/2012 7:16:30 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: brownsfan
A Republican Congress, no real check on him

To be fair, a Republican Congress has been the ONLY Congress to attempt to rein in spending over the past few decades.
7 posted on 04/24/2012 7:16:41 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: brownsfan

I seriously doubt Romney would spend a tenth of the amount Obama and his family has spent on extravagant travel.

Say whatever you will about Romney, but to use a football analogy, “act like you been there before”. He and his family have traveled and have experienced the “good life”. Also, being Mormon (say what you will about them) they are a bit more modest than the poor ghetto trash LOTTO winners.

I don’t know a lot about that religion, but I do like that areas dominated by them tend to be modest and well run. I also love that they are the biggest “preppers” in the world. I think they are taught to have 7 years of food storage or something like that and they believe in being well armed.

If Mittens takes some of that prepping and arming views to the Whitehouse, maybe we can improve our national outlook.


8 posted on 04/24/2012 7:17:10 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: brownsfan

What?


9 posted on 04/24/2012 7:17:54 AM PDT by DWC (historian)
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To: SmileRight

I may cost more, but I'm worth it ... you stupid right-wing nuts!

10 posted on 04/24/2012 7:18:17 AM PDT by Zakeet (I love collie-flower but it makes me fart – Obama)
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To: SmileRight

Well, of course. When everything is handed to you all of your life you have no way of dealing with anything budgetary never mind responsibility. Mooch is even worse then he is. She had everything handed to her too.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 7:19:39 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Zakeet

What does that banner say behind him, “Education, my FU”


12 posted on 04/24/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SmileRight

and if I remember correctly - Bush was also working many of these days at the ranch.
Didn’t many people travel with him and conduct normal business in Texas?

Not only isn’t Obama working while traveling...he isn’t even working when he’s in DC.
That’s ok with me....the less he “works” the better it is for all of us.


13 posted on 04/24/2012 7:23:54 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: SmileRight

How do I delete my post or thread?


14 posted on 04/24/2012 7:24:12 AM PDT by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: SmileRight

OMG!!! A total reimbursement of $5,500 for all of his 2011 travel. That’s a total travesty. Once a year I fly first class from Knoxville, TN to Sacramento, CA, stay for about 11 days, rent a compact car, rent a motel room at LaQuinta, and board two large dogs and a cat for a total cost of about $2,500. That’s the total cost of just a little more than two of my rather modest, excepting the first class air travel, trips to CA. The Obamas are liars, thieves, pigs and America haters who love to disrespect Americans and America by deliberaely rubbing our faces in it with their obscene, ostentatious travel, nearly all of it paid for with borrowed money.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 7:29:06 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: dfwgator

Education, my fuehrer!


16 posted on 04/24/2012 7:30:40 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: brownsfan

Romney has traveled on business before, and his spending could probably be investigated, since his colleagues and his company are still around and there would have been corporate guidelines that he followed. He’ll probably be much the same guy when he travels as President. Probably not cheap, but certainly not like someone who is on a once-in-a-lifetime extravagant vacation.


17 posted on 04/24/2012 7:30:40 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: SmileRight

Just like the days of the Soviet comissars, they lived high on the hog while the ordinary people lived like serfs.


18 posted on 04/24/2012 7:30:48 AM PDT by Marathoner (2 goals this year: (1) S##tcan Obamacare; (2) S##tcan Obama)
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To: SmileRight
Obama family spending --the parties, every musical artist he ever liked invited to personally entertain him in our house, at our expense, almost 100 rounds of golf, campaigning nonstop on our expense.

Seems a tactic to put in your face a reminder he is the leader and you (the average person) can not stop him. He is the figurehead of this movement, machine to transform America.

Community Organizers agitate.

The new video, If you wanted America to fail touched on this. Our government leader living like a king, as the rest of the country suffers due to intentional policies.

19 posted on 04/24/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: SmileRight

Ya think??


20 posted on 04/24/2012 7:36:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SmileRight

Cracker Rich.


22 posted on 04/24/2012 7:51:46 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: libstripper
Deliberately rubbing our faces in it is the objective when you are race baiting 1960’s style.

The objective is for people to start using the term that was commonly used for someone that got money in their pocket and blew it on “flash” to impress people with how much money they had.

It was called being “N” rich.

Good ol race baiting 1960’s style, but what do you expect from a community organizer.

23 posted on 04/24/2012 7:54:58 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: SmileRight

Anyone tally this all up? I’m thinking that there’s some campaign fodder here.


24 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:59 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: opentalk

obama’s personal spending resembles an African dictator who sees the country’s treasury as his own.

Wonder where he picked up that attitude?


25 posted on 04/24/2012 8:07:03 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Zakeet

It’s not his peoples money ,so it’s OK


26 posted on 04/24/2012 8:12:46 AM PDT by molson209
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To: SmileRight

I had a letter in yesterday’s NY Post on just this issue.

The GSA conference in Las Vegas is chicken feed compared to the lavish spending of the White House.

The Obamas’ billionaire lifestyle of nonstop partying, worldwide vacations, fund-raising and abuse of government jets sent the GSA the message that extravagant spending was acceptable

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/letters/they_re_having_party_on_america_69mtck7WFa0fBdmT2gmLWP#ixzz1syH8LCtD


27 posted on 04/24/2012 8:14:55 AM PDT by y6162
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To: y6162
They want to raise taxes , including letting Bush tax cuts expire. (Large tax increase)

The DNC talking point =if the Bush tax cuts are renewed it will add to our debt.

Greta covered this last night. They are kicking around a plan to tax current IRA, 401k retirement accounts because they need more money from us. Very disgusting... to go after people who saved and were responsible , and give it to partying government.

28 posted on 04/24/2012 8:35:50 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

If congress controls the federal budget..couldn’t they rein in the WH travel budget. Is it truly unlimited and off the books?


29 posted on 04/24/2012 8:50:18 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: opentalk

If congress controls the federal budget..couldn’t they rein in the WH travel budget. Is it truly unlimited and off the books?


30 posted on 04/24/2012 8:50:18 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: SmileRight
Ummm, he and his wife take separate planes to vacation (on our dime), right? That's a tip off....
31 posted on 04/24/2012 9:05:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: Zakeet
LOL

Reminds me of the Curtis Mathes TV ads from the 70's (maybe earlier, IDK)... "...cost a little more, but darn well worth it..."

And by that time, they were over-priced JUNK!

http://curtismathes.webs.com/

With BHO, it was JUNK from the get-go...

32 posted on 04/24/2012 9:08:59 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: SmileRight

Let me see, he is not a president, he is someone endlessly campaigning and doing photoOps, always angry at people criticizing him.


33 posted on 04/24/2012 9:23:24 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Oldexpat
There seems no boundaries or checks and balances. Maybe that's where he gets part of his arrogance. They set a precedent with over the top inauguration and multiple parties.

Other wasteful spending seems prestrategized in bills with large slush funds. (DOE, stimulus)

Same with the state department and USaid, Hillary seems to always be giving money away to other people. It is also in your face..including Muslim outreach.

34 posted on 04/24/2012 9:26:54 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: IMR 4350

You really shouldn’t use the term “community organzer” in referring to what the Illegal did. The proper term is “communist street agitator.”


35 posted on 04/24/2012 10:28:37 AM PDT by libstripper
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