The federal government just completed the third consecutive fiscal year with a budget deficit over $1 trillion. The budget deficit had never been over $1 trillion before President Obama took office. Congress hasn’t passed a budget in nearly 1,000 days, but still the Obama family will be taking a $4 million, 17-day vacation to Hawaii this holiday season complete with separate flights for the President and the First Lady.
KAILUA, OAHU – The U.S. Secret Service has arrived, street barricades are in place, and the U.S. Coast Guard has stationed itself in the waters surrounding Kailua, Oahu. That is a sure sign President Barack Obama’s security team is preparing for the first family to arrive in the small beachside community as early as Friday night for what is expected to be a 17-day vacation.
The President and his family are traveling separately to Hawaii because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington – and his wife does not want to wait.
But the advanced trip and the cost that comes with it – as much as $100,000 (flight and security) – adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers.
Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.
The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million.
Keep in mind that the same President Obama who once lectured Americans about not being able to set their thermostats however they like is authorizing a second private flight for his wife across a broad section of the globe simply because she doesn’t want to wait an extra couple of days before beginning her vacation.
Not that the Obamas have ever been shy about abusing taxpayer dollars, and wasting vast amounts of fuel and energy, for their own comfort. Whether it’s pizza flown in to Washington DC from Chicago, choppering the First Lady into New York City for a date night or taking his-and-her private jets to a retreat in Martha’s Vineyard, they like to live it up on the taxpayer’s nickle.
Meanwhile, incandescent light bulbs and Ford Rangers have been banned through regulation in the name of the liberal left’s war on energy consumption (thought he light bulbs got a reprieve of sorts this week).