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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fable: 'The Three Girlfriends', The First Family and You

We start today's posting with a story; A fable of sorts..

Once upon a time you had three best girlfriends who always did everything together, so they decided one summer, they would go on three weekenders, each to a different locale, and each getaway one of the friends would pay for all expenses...

The first getaway was around Memorial Day and it was a trip to Florida.  The seats on the plane, accommodations, and restaurants were nice but nothing special or exceptional.

Because the first friend was on a budget, it was the best she could do and everyone was ultimately happy because the goal was doing things together and sharing the holiday.
The second girlfriend decided for the 4th of July, they'd all visit New Orleans and even though her finances weren't the greatest, she had a 'You only live once' attitude and decided to splurge a bit..  The plane seats were first class,  hotel was 5-star and the restaurants were superb..

Everyone was impressed but wondered to themselves how she could afford this.    Luckily, she possessed a credit card with a large credit limit and she'd worry later..  For now, she was with her bestest friends and this was going to be a special weekender..
The third girlfriend chose for Labor Day for everyone to visit Las Vegas and this was going to be the vacation to beat all vacations..  A private jet was chartered, a penthouse suite reserved with a magnificent view and the restaurants.. Oh to die for!

That weekender they did everything one can imagine and dream in Sin City and then some..

But the thing is the third girlfriend wasn't wealthy by any stretch and her friends were so curious how this trip was being afforded, it turned to concern and she was questioned outright...
"Oh don't worry... I'm using another's credit card.. Not my tab" and laughed

And the others looked at each other, and seeing what a delightful time they were all having ultimately shrugged and nothing more was said.

Money is a funny thing..  It can hold great value or absolutely none at all..  A lot of it has to do with whether you earned or deserved what you possess and if you're a responsible, conscientious person..

Read this article a couple weeks ago in the Washington Examiner which posted findings from Judicial Watch about the First Family and VP's travel expenses...
"Judicial Watch announced today (April 30th), it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that President Obama’s February 2014 Palm Springs, California, and March 2014 Key Largo, Florida, golf outings cost the taxpayers $2,952,278 for flight expenses alone.

According to the Department of Air Force documents, the flights to and from, Palm Springs for the February 17 – 20, 2014 trip totaled 9.8 hours at $210,877 an hour, which comes to a total of $2,066,594.60 in flight expenses. The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of request filed on February 18, 2014.

Also according to the Department of Air Force documents, the total cost for flights to and from Key Largo, Florida for the March 7 - 9 trip totaled 4.2 hours at $210,877, which comes to a total of $885,683.40 for flight in expenses. The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act request filed on March 10, 2014.
Though the administration billed the President’s Day weekend trip to California as an effort to highlight the state’s severe water drought, the White House official schedule showed the president spent just four hours at three drought-related events on the afternoon of Friday, February 14. 

He then spent much of the next three days playing golf at some of Coachella Valley, California’s, most exclusive golf courses, which, according to Fox News, “consume roughly 17 percent of all water there, and one quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer.” Each course uses nearly 1 million gallons of water a day.

During March 7 – 9, the First Family spent Spring Break at Key Largo, Florida’s, exclusive Ocean Reef Club, where members must have a minimum net worth of $35 million to join. According to its website, “the Club boasts two championship 18-hole courses, a rarity in the Florida Keys … a salon and spa, more than a dozen restaurants, a 175-slip marina, a private airport, and so much more.” 
The costly Spring Break vacation took place on the heels of Obama’s State of the Union Address in which he focused on income inequality.

According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, through FOIA requests and subsequent lawsuits, the Obamas and Bidens have spent more than $40 million taxpayer dollars on trips since 2009, beginning with the Obamas' much-publicized New York City "date night" in 2009 up through the president's most recent Palm Springs and Key Largo golf outings. 

The most lavish expenditure so far on record was for the Obamas’ 2013 Africa trip and Honolulu vacation, which cost taxpayers $15,885,585.30 in flight expenses alone. 
The single largest expense for accommodations was for Michelle Obama's side-trip to Dublin, Ireland, during the 2013 G-8 conference in Belfast, when she and her entourage booked 30 rooms at the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, with the first lady staying in the 1500 square-foot Princess Grace suite at a cost of $3,500 a night. 

The total cost to taxpayers for the Obamas' Ireland trip was $7,921,638.66."

Then there's other expenses too.. lodging and food for them and their entourage, a massive security detail, etc..   All to protect one person.
Dem or Rep.. we sincerely do not care..  No one and we mean NO ONE is worth that much cost in treasury to be protected.   That expense is for Kings and Queens and all that royal bluster--  something supposedly we fought 230 years ago to do away with..

Wonder which of the three girlfriends does the First Family and VP represent-- the First, Second or Third??

Also read another article via AP last week..
"The IRS collected $5.7 billion in 2011 from penalties, meaning that Americans took out about $57 billion from retirement funds before they were supposed to...

Adjusted for inflation, the government collects 37% more money from early-withdrawal penalties than it did in 2003. Meanwhile, the amount of home-equity loans outstanding was $704 billion in 2013, down 38% from the 2007 peak, according to Federal Reserve data.

“They didn’t have access to the home equity that they had in the past”, Reid Cramer, director of the Asset Building Program at the NAF, which tries to improve savings for lower-income families, said. “And families looked around for what was left and they actually drained the value from the 401(k).”"

So when the spigots of credit cards, renegotiated mortgages, second mortgages and personal saving dry up and people are not cutting back their spending habits even though wages are stagnant at best, there's one spigot left for those fortunate enough to even have that option..
~ "Thank you for your Dad's resume sweetie.. Does he have any janitorial experience?"

Which of the three girlfriends do you think most Americans represent-- the First, Second or Third?

Do you know anyone who represents the first girlfriend?

We do..  Still some of them left..

When they run out, the taxation base runs out..