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Evil 1 2012/01/11 14:12:08

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  • darcie lamar 2012/01/11 15:10:46 (edited)
    darcie lamar
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    This is exactly why we need more oversight and a smaller government. Obama is our employee and Americans have lost sight of this fact. They work for us, democrats and republicans. The waste and spending is a huge problem we must control. take back america

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  • evilmother 2012/01/16 10:23:51
    evilmother
    why the fuc do we have to pay for his wife and kids there not the prez they dont do a job for the US people get the ida
  • mustangluver 2012/01/11 17:26:52
  • Bella 2012/01/11 16:16:20
    Bella
    It's very partisan to ignore the fact that president bush has taken more vacation days and spent more on those vacations than all the presidents combined.
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/11 16:18:28
    Evil 1
    +1
    I would like to see proof that he spent more. And would that comparison be for his eight years in office as to Obama's 3.5? I would greatly appreciate an apples to apples comparsion showing exactly what Bush spent on his vacations, where they were and where they stayed.
  • Bella Evil 1 2012/01/11 16:32:19
    Bella
    Google it, I did. Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation, that's over 2 1/2 years. He also spent $20 million just on flights for vacations at his ranch.
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/11 17:19:48
    Evil 1
    +1
    I will look it up. But $20 million over 8 years on flights averages to $2,500,000.00 per year. Obama spent $3,529,622.00 for just the flights for this trip alone. I have a feeling if you add in the costs of his other 60 or so vactions (as of 8/17/2011) the cost will far exceed that which Bush spent annually. I have no problem with the President taking a vacation. I have a problem with him being so extravagant with the taxpayers money. Why should his relatives, friends and the staff be put up in the most expensive and luxurious resort on the island? Couldn't they have been comfortable with lesser accomadations? Obama ran on the premise of 'Hope and Change' and promised to change business as usual in Washington. In reality he is Bush ramped up numerous notches. Extravagance by any President with the taxpayers money is unacceptable but to say Obama should be given a pass just because it was done before is ridiculous. Obama is the one that promised change in Washington and he has yet to deliver.
  • mustang... Evil 1 2012/01/11 17:35:49
    mustangluver
    +1
    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.

    Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?

    The last time we checked more than 146 millio...

    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.

    Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?

    The last time we checked more than 146 million Americans were classified as poor and low-income thanks to Obama’s policies (and the increasingly Keystone Kop antics of Congressional Republicans who are supposed to be “opposing” those policies).

    Of course Obama’s only thinking of them insofar as keeping them under the illusion that he is acting in their interests.
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  • mustang... Bella 2012/01/11 17:35:24
    mustangluver
    +1
    Does that make BO right?
  • Bella mustang... 2012/01/11 21:30:10
    Bella
    Right for spending much much less
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/11 22:25:36
    Evil 1
    Again, I think you are mistaken. Obama in his short term in office has spent more than Bush did during his first 3.5 years.
  • mustang... Evil 1 2012/01/11 17:34:14
    mustangluver
    +1
    BINGO!
  • mustang... Bella 2012/01/11 17:33:45
    mustangluver
    +1
    Not true..most of his vacations were in his own backyard and he didn't take vacations when the nation was in a recession..and let's say it is true, does that make BO doing the same thing right?
    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450...





    Not true..most of his vacations were in his own backyard and he didn't take vacations when the nation was in a recession..and let's say it is true, does that make BO doing the same thing right?
    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.

    Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?

    The last time we checked more than 146 million Americans were classified as poor and low-income thanks to Obama’s policies (and the increasingly Keystone Kop antics of Congressional Republicans who are supposed to be “opposing” those policies).

    Of course Obama’s only thinking of them insofar as keeping them under the illusion that he is acting in their interests.
    (more)
  • Bella mustang... 2012/01/11 21:32:02
    Bella
    Bush's costs for vacationing at his ranch were covered by taxpayers. Imagine that, taxpayers paid for clearing brush.
  • mustang... Bella 2012/01/12 05:59:30
    mustangluver
    Not 4 million worth..and the unemployment rate was what then? The cost of gas was what then? How many foreclosures were there? How many big businesses closed their doors then?
  • Bella mustang... 2012/01/12 18:45:06
    Bella
    Gas was under $3 a gallon and when bush left it was well over that amount. By the time bush left office unemployment has increased 86% with 60,000 business closing their doors, zero net job growth during Bush's 8 years.
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/12 18:53:36 (edited)
    Evil 1
    Again, I think you are mistaken. In fact I know you are.

    Unemployment rate when Bush left office was 7.3%.
    http://data.bls.gov/timeserie...

    The average price of gas when Bush left office was $1.61 per gallon.
    http://news.consumerreports.o...
  • Bella Evil 1 2012/01/12 19:00:25
    Bella
    Unemployment increased a whopping 85% by the times Bush left office but we were still losing over 700,000 jobs a month reaching 8.2% on the day Obama signed the stimulus. Under bush gas was as high as $4.12 in May of 2008 leaving us hope that it may decline again.
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/12 19:06:53 (edited)
    Evil 1
    And where were they at when he left office. You stated in your previous post that gas was above $3 a gallon and you were wrong. And your statement regarding unemployment was also wrong. Try providing some viable sources to back up your claims as I did otherwise they are nothing but unsubstantiated opinon and rhetoric that hold no factual basis. You can say anything you want but without proof to back it up it means nothing to anyone (at least those of us dealing with reality) than you.

    Furthermore Obama increased unemployment by 39.5% in the first 22 months of being in office. And gas has increased an average of $1.75 per gallon during Obama's short tenure. So in comparison he has done a much worse job in his short time than Bush did in two terms.
  • Bella Evil 1 2012/01/12 19:32:03
    Bella
    Under bush gas was over $4 a gallon, unemployment increased from 4.2% to over 7.8% and 60,000 business closed. 7.8% unemployment when Obama took over and now 8.5% pales in comparison. The first 5 months of Obama's term saw job losses of over 700,000 a month with steady job gains since. We are currently recovering from a bush presidency, not an Obama one. If blaming the guy who took over is it, then there's no debate. I stand with The majority of American who will not give bush a pass.
    Obama has made some things slightly worse but we are not hemorrhaging over 700,000 jobs a month.
  • Evil 1 Bella 2012/01/12 19:46:51
    Evil 1
    And where was it when he left office? Nice try but you are avoiding addressing your previous statements. And it's about time to start taking responsibility for Obama's actions and quit blaming Bush as he has been out of office for over three years. The problems Bush created, and there were problems, were made worse by Obama. And we are far from in a recovery. Just wait for the unemployment numbers at the end of this month and the middle of next month when the part-time holiday hirees (approximately 82,000) go back onto the ranks of unemployment. Then sometime in February all those losing their jobs with Hostess will begin filing. I would venture to say by the end of April unemployment will be hovering back around 10%.
  • darcie lamar 2012/01/11 15:10:46 (edited)
    darcie lamar
    +4
    This is exactly why we need more oversight and a smaller government. Obama is our employee and Americans have lost sight of this fact. They work for us, democrats and republicans. The waste and spending is a huge problem we must control. take back america
  • Grabitz 2012/01/11 14:56:12
    Grabitz
    +1
    Obama sucks in these hard times spending what we don't have but you tell me what one doesn't suck . http://www.politicususa.com/e...
  • Evil 1 Grabitz 2012/01/11 15:06:13
    Evil 1
    +3
    I never said that. He ran on the premise of 'Hope and Change'. He promised to change Washington and he has done nothing but change it for the worse. I have no problem him going on vacation. I have a problem with his taking a large contingent of his relatives and friends and putting them in the lap of luxury at the taxpayers expense.
  • Grabitz Evil 1 2012/01/11 15:27:57
    Grabitz
    My point to you is that this has been going on for the longest and is a huge problem in my eyes same as it was with Bush no difference . I think people need to face it that there is them and there is us , we pay the bills as our government officials on both sides run them up and now the right is saying take more from the little guy as they all vacation in the tropics . Screw all these ass holes left and right , fire every damn one of them .
  • Evil 1 Grabitz 2012/01/11 15:33:34
    Evil 1
    +3
    I agree it's a problem and has been. But I truly think Obama has taken it to new levels and done so at one of the worst economic times this country has ever seen. It is not a primarily a 'left' or 'right' issue, but this vacation and the entourage he took with him showcases the problem as well as Obama's blatant arrogance. And it would be great to vote them all out but realistically I don't see that happening. We need to restructure the entire government, eliminate career politcians, revamp their pay, benefits and retirement. They need to be brought back to the realization that they are elected by the people to serve not dictate and benefit soley themselves.
  • Grabitz Evil 1 2012/01/11 15:58:45
    Grabitz
    I don't see it realistically happening either but I do see the next guy getting in and the same old crap keeps going on I can see the people finally having enough and a possible revolution with in a years time . I know right now we are all separated big time but thats not going to last forever
  • Evil 1 Grabitz 2012/01/11 16:20:27
    Evil 1
    +1
    I think you are right. Unless things change there very well may be a revolution or a military coup. The division within the country is getting worse and I don't see it continuing. Something has to give.
  • Grabitz Evil 1 2012/01/11 16:42:32
    Grabitz
    Tea party started this great division among us calling themselves " We The People " when they are just a small portion of We The People making demands for all of us but all demands was for the rich . What I do find funny is supposedly Ron Paul started the tea party now they want nothing to do with him .
  • mustang... Grabitz 2012/01/11 17:37:33
    mustangluver
    +1
    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.

    Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?

    The last time we checked more than 146 millio...

    Having “won” a fight that will result in a two-month extension of an inconsequential tax cut (as opposed to a one-year extension), U.S. President Barack Obama flew off to Hawaii on Friday for a 17-day vacation that will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million.

    Before departing, though, Obama approved an additional $113 million in foreign aid for poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the U.S. has already spent $870 million this year.

    These numbers are drops in the bucket of our $15.1 trillion debt, obviously, but still … that’s money we don’t have to spend going to pay for social welfare in other countries.

    Obama claims he’s responding to “heartbreaking accounts” from the region … but he’s clearly not heartbroken enough over the situation to forgo his costly two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii (which could have defrayed some of his government-funded benevolence).

    And while Obama is paying for his own vacation rental home this time (quite the sacrifice seeing as taxpayers are paying him $400,000 a year on top of literally all his expenses), it’s worth noting that his staff is staying in $450 a night hotel rooms at the luxurious Moana Surfrider Hotel.

    Sheesh … and we think Kim Jong-Il and Muammar al-Qaddafi are friggin’ eccentric despots?

    The last time we checked more than 146 million Americans were classified as poor and low-income thanks to Obama’s policies (and the increasingly Keystone Kop antics of Congressional Republicans who are supposed to be “opposing” those policies).

    Of course Obama’s only thinking of them insofar as keeping them under the illusion that he is acting in their interests.
    (more)
  • dallasjoe 2012/01/11 14:25:20
    dallasjoe
    OK lets make the President a Prisioner of the White House. Sell off AF one Marine One and Camp David
  • Evil 1 dallasjoe 2012/01/11 14:30:49
    Evil 1
    +2
    No one said he had to be a prisoner. And apparently you didn't watch the video or read the article as he spent as if he were royalty. Seems he needs to curtail some of his extravagances and what he is spending on his non-essential entourage.
  • dallasjoe Evil 1 2012/01/11 14:33:10
  • Evil 1 dallasjoe 2012/01/11 14:38:29
    Evil 1
    +2
    I don't think anyone is going ape s**t. I think they are presenting facts that show just how ridiculous his extravagant spending is. Also I don't think the reporter that put this article together ever stated if he was left or right leaning. He did an investivagtive report on the over the top spending Obama did on his little vacation. I could care less if he and his family go on vacation but dragging along an entourage of his relatives and friends along and putting them up in luxury at the taxpayers expense is totally unacceptable. Anyone who has any concern for the economic welfare of the United States should be concerned with this, whether they be left or right in their political beliefs. Obama is supposed to lead by example and actions such as this are far from prudent leadership and worthwhile examples.
  • dallasjoe Evil 1 2012/01/11 14:54:48
    dallasjoe
    it is not like nobody who was Presidnt traveled If you are so upset about if ban all travel of the president
  • Evil 1 dallasjoe 2012/01/11 14:58:17
    Evil 1
    +2
    I didn't say that. I am pointing out that he has taken the extravagance to ridiculous levels. Can't you address this fact. All Presidents have traveled and I don't have a problem with their travel. I have a problem with Obama wasting the taxpayers money on extravagant non-essential for his relatives and entourage. Why not address the premise of the post instead of trying to divert from it.
  • dallasjoe Evil 1 2012/01/11 15:04:41
    dallasjoe
    What did he do he took the support staff like anyother President but it costs more money for Hotels in Hawaii than it does in Crawford
  • Evil 1 dallasjoe 2012/01/11 15:09:27
    Evil 1
    +2
    Do a little research into who he took. His support staff is fine it's the contingent of relatives and friends he took. Furthermore you don't have to put up your support staff and your entourage in the finest ocean front resort available. Doing so is a flagrant waste of the taxpayers money and a slap in the face to every citizen that is struggling economically.
  • dallasjoe Evil 1 2012/01/11 15:15:22
    dallasjoe
    so he took his relatives liek no other Presidnet did the same Face it you do not feel he is our President on many levels He was Elected not Appointed
  • Evil 1 dallasjoe 2012/01/11 15:22:58
    Evil 1
    +2
    He took a large contingent of his relatives and put them up in luxury at taxpayer expense. I would like you to provide information showing where any previous Presidents did this with such a large contingent and then put them up in the lap of luxury. Face it you can't argue that what he did is a waste of taxpayer money. And Obama is our President that is a fact. I just don't like his policies, his agenda, his lies, his hypocrisy and his sense of entitlement. And you are correct that he was elected and not appointed. Based on that fact he should start acting like an elected official instead of royalty.
  • dallasjoe Evil 1 2012/01/11 17:06:19
    dallasjoe
    Bush use to invite everybody up to Camp David guess what they were put up at Government expence also

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