reply to post by neo96
I was responding to all the people complaining about Obama taking a vacation, and then I responded to yours saying I was politically trolling.
I readily agree that all the pomp and circumstance, and luxury provided the President is disgusting and a waste of tax dollars -- not too mention
creating an aura of royal figure. Multiple aircraft necessary to take the president, his family and their luggage, and their dog on vacation: total
But I'll again say this: this kind of crap has been going on for a long time, and I still question why it is all of a sudden an issue with Obama.
However, thinking about the couple of Osprey involved, I then began thinking about all the US military aircraft flying about everyday, and all the
perks given to generals and admirals, and the fact that the US has more flag officers than ever before (and what a bang-up job they've been doing for
some years now), and realized that these extraneous expenses for the first family's vacation is just a drop in the bucket, and part and parcel of all
the other money wasted by the US government on its various VIPs. There's that underground train in Washington for congress, and they have their own
dining hall, etc.
I'm all for cutting such governmental waste for the president on down. But address the issue as a whole, rather than make it about the supposedly
unusual excesses of this president, because that argument just doesn't hold water, and detracts from the overarching issue.
Yes, so much money and effort being squandered schlepping the first family around for their vacation is atrocious. Even more atrocious is giving
billions to various so-called allies as well as to bribe militants in Iraq and Afghanistan. One could go on with a litany of wasted government
dollars. Address the issue as a whole, rather than pointing out the money wasted on the president's vacation. Otherwise the argument does come off
as political trolling, which does nothing for creating a political consensus that the US government is out of control -- spending-wise and
Also, why don't you admonish all the posters from your Obama-hating choir to stick to the issue of the dog being flown-in in a separate aircraft,
rather than digressing on the matter of the president taking a vacation. Why single out my criticism of this lame criticism on their parts?
This will be my last post in this thread. Want a parting shot? Go ahead, be my guest.
edit on 12-8-2013 by MrInquisitive because: (no reason given)