While Americans brace for fiscal cliff, Obama plans $4 million taxpayer-funded vacation
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While Americans brace for fiscal cliff, Obama plans $4 million taxpayer-funded vacation

Washington : DC : USA | Dec 03, 2012 at 9:02 AM PST
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US Speaker of the House John Boehner

"Going over the fiscal cliff will hurt our economy and will hurt job creation in our county. It is not fair to the American people...This agreement should come sooner rather than later, because just the threat of the fiscal cliff is already hurting our economy." - House Speaker John Boehner, (R-Ohio)

If any agreement should be struck between Republicans and the White House on how to best resolve the impending fiscal cliff, my guess is that it will be struck sometime before Dec. 17, because this is the date that President Obama and his family be will flying off to his Hawaii retreat for a rich 21-day vacation that will cost taxpayers roughly $4 million.

I know that many Obama supporters and defenders will say that he deserves to go away after all the hard work he put in on the campaign trail over the past 18 months, but as he's said many times before, "People like me and Gov. Romney are well off and could afford to pay a little more." Then why are taxpayers kicking in so much for such an expensive vacation when this money could be put to better use given the dire situation for which the government is asking Americans to prepare?

Better yet, that $4 million dollars could be used to feed about 700 of the families devastated by Hurricane Sandy for a full year. Perhaps if he is really concerned about the middle class, he can kick in some of that $4 million to help defray the cost of health insurance premiums for those families that have seen the cost of their policies go up as much as 25 percent.

And since the White Hosue theme for this holiday season is "Joy to All," perhaps the White House could use all or part of that $4 million to give back to many of those supporters who would like what to know what it's like to:

  • Play golf at Luana Hills Country Club, Kaneohe Klipper, Ko'olau Golf Club, and Mid-Pacific Country Club
  • Visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
  • Visit Aloha Tropical Farms - macadamia nut farm outlet store
  • Go on a picnic at Magic Island - Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Visit Punchbowl Cemetery
  • Enjoy the view at the Pali Lookout
  • Tour the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
  • Went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
  • Body-surf at Sandy Beach
  • Watch a dolphin show at Sea Life Park
  • Visit the Honolulu Zoo
  • Work out at the Semper Fit Center at Marine Corps Base Hawaii
  • Go swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach
  • Play tennis at Kailua Racquet Club or
  • Play some basketball at Punahou

I know it may be asking a lot for the Obamas to forego their luxury-laden jaunt to the Pacific, but there may be four million reasons why they don't see the need to bring joy to American families getting ready to go over the fiscal cliff. For those avid supporters who will be missing the president while he is away, fear not - the president will be sharing his most exciting moments of his 2012 Hawaii trip with you via his Twitter account.

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