This is another the media ignores. Have you heard about sequester?
Did you know:
1. The traditional fly over of military jets for the commencement of this year’s graduating class at the Air Force Academy was cancelled by the Obama administration. Reason—no money because of sequester.
2. The little town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin holds the annual Experimental Aircraft Association air show each year. During that time, the airport at Oshkosh is the busiest in the world. FAA staffs up each year to safely handle all the air traffic. EAA got a bill from the FAA (courtesy of the Obama administration) for $447,000 for the extra staff (never done before) if they wanted to proceed with the air show/convention. Excuse? Sequester. But this is Wisconsin!! The EAA has lined up private donors and is going to pay the bill–the SHOW WILL GO ON!! So, since that didn’t work, the Obama administration, trying to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of thousands of people from all over the US (and the world) who attend this event, announced that there will be no participation by US military planes in this year’s show (usually the biggest draw and one that shows the US air superiority to the whole world). Reason again? Sequester.
3. And while we are in Oshkosh, I should mention that 900 UNION employees of Oshkosh Corp (they make military vehicles) were laid off since the DOD has no money (sequester) to pay for trucks and vehicles it had already ordered. 900 hard working families on unemployment while our troops in Afganistan wait for those armored vehicles that could potentially save their lives.
Now, we all understand that money is tight in the federal budget under the sequester.
Soooo, explain to me why the Obama family vacation is worth $60-100 million to the US taxpayers?
Read on and grab your barf bag!!!
You may not be able to tour the White House because of the spending increase slowdown from sequestration, but the Obama family can tour Africa for the small sum of $60 or $100 million. The Obama’s have created a whole new definition for the word entitlements.
President Barack Obama will hold bilateral meetings with leaders in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania between June 26 and July 3, and the wife and girls are going along for the ride.
The Obama family vacation will include air transportation for 56 vehicles, among them 14 parade limousines, trucks carrying bulletproof glass to install at hotels, and two ambulances: one for dealing with biological and chemical contaminants, one with x-ray equipment.
Adding to the costs are 100 Secret Service Agents for the first three cities on the itinerary, 65 agents at the fourth, and 80 to 100 more to guard the Obama family 24/7. Further, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier functioning as a hospital comes with the package, and fighter jets will patrol the area 24/7.
The White House had planned a safari with 35 more security agents. Why so many? The Washington Post, which saw those plans nixed once it asked questions about the cost of the Africa trip, said the 35 agents were “the president’s special counter-assault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document.”
Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes explained the trip’s cost are so high because it is the first substantial presidential delegation to sub-Saharan Africa. He added, “The infrastructure that accompanies the president’s travels is beyond our control. The security requirements are not White House-driven, they are Secret Service-driven… Part of this is the nature of making sure we travel to emerging areas in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. They are not as designed to facilitate the footprint of the United States president.”
Now, I don’t care HOW stupid Ben Rhodes thinks we are–How can he tell a lie THAT BIG and expect the US taxpayers to swallow it???