OBAMA'S New Culture Of Irresponsibility
Leadership: What do the GSA spending scandal, the Secret Service SX scandal and Leon Panetta's expensive weekend trips home have in common? They stem from a culture of irresponsibility set by the man in the White House.
When President Obama came to Washington, he promised to usher in a "new era of responsibility," one where everyone would recognize "duties to ourselves, our nation and the world." But Obama has delivered the opposite.
He's used the presidency to lavish himself and his family with hugely expensive perks. He's used the Treasury as a piggy bank to reward donors and friends. He's blurred the line between campaign trips and presidential business. And let's not forget the fact that he's driving the country towards a financial cliff.
Since taking office, for example, the Obamas have jetted off on 16 vacations, with one — their 2011 Christmas vacation in Hawaii — costing taxpayers more than $1.5 million. His daughter's spring break in Mexico required a massive protection detail.
Just for kicks, Obama flew himself and British Prime Minister David Cameron to Ohio for an NCAA basketball game, at a cost of $365,000.
When a local TV reporter grilled Obama about his vacationing ways, he airily dismissed the complaint. "I'm raising a family here," he said, and besides, "most folks understand how hard I work."
When not treating himself, Obama was showering taxpayer gifts on his friends. The Hoover Institution's Peter Schweizer has revealed that 80% of the "green" companies getting Energy Dept. grants and loans were run or substantially owned by Obama financial backers. And the Washington Post discovered that Obama gave more than half of his 47 biggest fundraisers plum administration jobs.
Nor is Obama shy about abusing his office to help his re-election campaign. As ABC News reported recently, Obama crammed 18 fundraisers into four "official" trips in the first two months of the year.
All this excess comes when the country is facing financial ruin, with $5 trillion more in debt to pay off, thanks to Obama's reckless fiscal policies.
Is it any wonder that officials at General Services Administration — the agency dedicated to managing government procurement — thought nothing of throwing themselves an $823,000 Vegas "conference," complete with clown and mind reader?
Or that Secret Service agents thought it perfectly reasonable to arrange a **noallow** party with at least 20 prostitutes while preparing for Obama's arrival in Cartagena?
Is it surprising that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta would travel home to California almost every weekend, even though the trips cost taxpayers $860,000 so far? Panetta's excuse: "I've gone home because my wife and family are there." Apparently it never occurred to him that a modicum of personal sacrifice is in order while slashing the Pentagon's budget.
We're hearing a lot lately about "culture" problems at these agencies and how they contributed to the recent scandals. That's a good point. But guess who is responsible for establishing the cultural environment in Washington in which such recklessness could blossom?
La factura de las vacaciones de Michelle Obama asciende a 200.000 euros
Los medios estadounidenses cuestionan que la primera dama se tome unas lujosas vacaciones en plena recesión.
antena3.com | Madrid | Actualizado el 06/08/2010 a las 21:39 horas
Las compras en Marbella, la visita a la Alhambra y el alojamiento en un hotel exclusivo. El viaje de Michelle Obama también se sigue con detalle en la prensa norteamericana, aunque por motivos bien distintos.
Los medios la llaman la 'María Antonieta' de los tiempos modernos y cuestionan por qué la primera dama se toma unas minivacaciones de lujo en plena recesión.
Según sus cálculos, sólo el avión y la seguridad les va a costar a los contribuyentes estadounidenses cerca de 200.000 euros.
04-19-2012 07:43 PM - editado 04-19-2012 08:07 PM
En medio de una crisis financiera y política y de desastres naturales que afectan a Estados Unidos la pareja Obama se permitió una escapada a la isla de Martha's Vineyard, cerca de la costa este de Estados Unidos. No todos aprueban esta decisión del presidente, pero su esposa se ha encargado de irritar todavía más a los ciudadanos indignados por estos hechos.
Algunas fuentes aseguran que durante el pasado año la primera dama gastó 10 millones en sus vacaciones, dinero que fue pagado por los contribuyentes estadounidenses. Suele alojarse en hoteles de cinco estrellas, hacerse masajes y consumir alcohol caro, mientras los trabajadores norteamericanos no tienen la posibilidad de tomarse un descanso en el trabajo. En caso de que tengan trabajo: más del 9% están en paro actualmente.
La esposa del presidente disfrutó de vacaciones durante 42 días en total en el presente año. Se gastó 375.000 dólares en España, también se permitió un viaje de cuatro días al pueblo de Vail, estado de Colorado, donde el hotel le costó 2.000 dólares por noche. Esta vez el alquiler de una propiedad para toda la familia en Martha's Vineyard le salió a la pareja presidencial por unos 50.000 dólares por semana.
Publicado: 04-19-2012 08:18 PM
Lujo y seguridad para las vacaciones de Michelle Obama en Marbella
La primera dama de EE. UU. se aloja en un hotel de lujo desde hoy y hasta el próximo domingo junto a su hija menor y unos amigos. La visita generará 800 millones de euros.
La Costa del Sol acoge ya a Michelle Obama, mujer del presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, y su hija menor, Sasha, en la que es la primera visita a España en solitario de una esposa de un máximo dirigente estadounidense.
La mujer del presidente de Estados Unidos y su hija de nueve años, acompañadas por unos amigos, ya están instaladas en el hotel de cinco estrellas Villa Padierna, situado en el término municipal de Benahavís, muy cerca de Marbella y Estepona, donde estarán de vacaciones hasta el domingo día 8 y donde previsiblemente almorzarán. La primera dama acude a este establecimiento por recomendación de unos amigos.
Ha sido a las 11.43 horas cuando han llegado en coche al hotel, con gran expectación y con importantes medidas de seguridad. Previamente, poco antes de las 10.30 horas, un avión Boeing de las fuerzas aéreas de EEUU, con una gran franja azul y en el que podía leerse ''United States of America'', ha aterrizado en el aeropuerto de Málaga. De él ha bajado la mujer de Barack Obama, que iba muy elegante vestida de negro y con el pelo recogido, al igual que su hija, que iba de gris.
La primera dama y su hija se desplazarán mañana a Granada para visitar algunos de los lugares más turísticos de la ciudad, como la Catedral, el tradicional barrio del Albaicín y la Alhambra.
Los municipios de Marbella, Benahavís y Estepona han trabajado estos días para adecentar viales e instalar alumbrado, todo ello para causar la mejor impresión a la primera dama de EE. UU., que se alojará en este lujoso establecimiento hotelero propiedad del empresario Ricardo Arranz y que actualmente gestiona la cadena internacional Ritz-Carlton, donde tiene reservadas 60 habitaciones en una finca que está al lado del edificio principal.
La seguridad en las inmediaciones del complejo hotelero se ha reforzado mucho y desde hace días es habitual la presencia de efectivos policiales y de la Guardia Civil. Igualmente, el interés despertado ha propiciado una notoria presencia de televisiones y otros medios de comunicación en el entorno del establecimiento.
La familia Obama no ha solicitado nada en especial durante su visita, según el propio Arranz. Es más, una empresa de comunicación ha cifrado en 50.000 los impactos en prensa extranjera que tendrá este viaje, con un valor aproximado de 800 millones de euros.
Regalos de bienvenida y agradecimiento
Para la primera dama se han preparado diversos regalos, como el que le hará el Ayuntamiento de Marbella: una obra de la artista francesa Muriel Moreau, que consiguió el Premio Nacional del Grabado de 2009, así como con el libro que recoge la historia de la ciudad.
Entre el resto de los regalos encontramos un abanico pintado a mano, una mantilla española, un ramo de flores, la posibilidad de recibir una clase magistral de flamenco o acudir a una actuación, visitas guiadas privadas a los museos de la localidad, un catálogo que reúne la colección de libros ilustrados de la Fundación Picasso (compuesta por 43 de los 156 títulos), productos agroalimentarios andaluces, un centro de flores y una invitación a visitar la Casa Natal de Picasso.
Mientras tanto, el presidente de EE. UU., Barack Obama, celebrará mañana su 49 cumpleaños en Chicago. El mandatario, cuyo cumpleaños coincide con el de su homólogo español, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, que cumplirá un año más que Obama, tendrá que festejar sus 49 años sin su familia.
Publicado: 04-19-2012 08:22 PM
Former Rep. Kennedy, Who Alleged W.H. 'Quid Pro Quo,' Is an Obama Bundler
In a Sunday story in the New York Times, former congressman Patrick Kennedy alleged "quid pro quo" access to the White House. After telling the Times it's "how this business works,” Kennedy said, "If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine."
As the Times reported then, Kennedy has given $35,800 toward Obama's reelection effort. And he has been "seeking administration support for a nonprofit venture," which explains his investment of such a large amount of money.
But that's not all Kennedy's done for Obama and his team.
The Obama 2012 campaign just released a list of their fundraising bundlers in the last quarter. On that list is former congressman Kennedy, the son of the late senator Ted Kennedy.
The Obama campaign says that Kennedy has bundled between $50,000 to $100,000.
It's no doubt another smart investment on his part, if, as Kennedy alleges, it's the price of admission to White House meetings.
Publicado: 04-22-2012 08:53 AM
Five Devastating Numbers That Show Obama's Incompetence
By John Hawkins 4/24/2012
Whether you've had some form of head trauma that has caused you to like Barack Obama or like all good hearted people, you can't stand him, his performance has objectively been terrible. Of course, we can debate WHY his performance has been so bad. His supporters would probably blame Bush, Republicans in Congress, ATM machines, fairy dust shortages and people forgetting to click their heels together three times before saying, "There's no place like home." On the other hand, people who haven't been drinking Barney Frankosaurus brand Kool-Aid might note that if Obama is going to blame Republicans for everything that happens while he's President, we might as well just replace him with a Republican. Whatever the case may be, here are five devastating numbers that show how poorly America has fared under Barack Obama's watch.
1) 3 years and 2 months: "The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office."
Keep in mind that in 2008, when Obama was in full "hope, change, and bullflop" mode, he actually called Bush "unpatriotic" for adding so much to the debt which is kind of like being called a traitor by Benedict Arnold.
2) $9.5 trillion: At a certain point, it does get a little tedious to keep hammering home how much debt we're piling up, but it's such an urgent problem that produces so little reaction, that it's nearly impossible to do otherwise. It's almost like being chained to people in a house that's burning down, but they're too busy camping out on the couch eating chips and watching American Idol to bother to save themselves.
This country has already lost its AAA rating, we're 15 trillion dollars in debt, we have 100 trillion dollars in unfunded Social Security and Medicare liabilities, and barring a major course correction, we're going to default on our debts and start into a downward spiral that this nation will not recover from in the lifetime of anyone reading this column. So what is the Obama Administration doing to tackle an issue so serious that it makes every other problem we have pale in significance?
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The Congressional Budget Office on Friday released its analysis of President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and found it does less to rein in deficits and the debt than the administration had estimated. CBO estimates Obama's plan would produce 10 years of deficits totaling $9.5 trillion. By 2021, it would increase the debt held by the public to 87 percent of gross domestic product.
This is a "sit in the burning house until the roof falls in and we all die" budget. If we add another $9.5 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, it will mean that generations of Americans will have to grow up in dire poverty, wear sack cloth, and have to eat their dogs to make it through the winter. On the upside, if American children do have to eat Fido, it may mean they'll grow up to be President one day.
3) 1091 days: We're now up to 1,091 days without a budget despite the fact that it's the most basic function of Congress and it's required by law. There's a simple reason for this: Democrats don't want to offend the general public by increasing spending or their base by cutting spending; so they've decided to do nothing. This is kind of like a police department full of officers who've decided that arresting people is too much of a hassle; so they're going to sit in the station, eat doughnuts, drink coffee, and play Angry Birds all day. Worse yet, when Republicans like Paul Ryan have presented responsible budgets that don't go far enough, but are at least valiant attempts to take the country in the right direction, they've been criticized by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. In other words, not only are the Democrats not going to do their jobs, they don't want Paul Ryan trying to do their jobs and to top it all off -- they then complain that the Republicans are blocking THEM. What a perverse political world it is that we live in when the Democrats have decided that their best chance of keeping their jobs is to refuse to do their jobs and then blame the other side for their adamant refusal to remove their own thumbs from their behinds.
4) $2,170: One of the great ironies of this election is the still rabid support that black Americans have for Barack Obama. This is kind of like Columbine High School throwing a "We Sure Do Miss You" Memorial Rally for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
When Mr. Obama was inaugurated black unemployment was 12.6%. 36 months later, it is at a depression era level 15.8%.
* Black teenage unemployment is a jaw dropping 42.3 percent.
* In October 2010, blacks accounted for 22.6 percent of the then 40.5 million Americans who received food stamp benefits each month. That figure was projected to rise in 2011. Mark Rank of Washington University suggests a whopping 90 percent of black children may eventually live in households that need food stamps.
* In 2007, before Obama took office, white households had a median net worth of $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By the end of 2009, the median net worth for white households plummeted 24% to $97,860. But for black households, it dropped 83% to $2,170. The Chicago Sun-Times called it, “The Disappearing Black Middle Class.”
If a Republican President did the sort of damage to black Americans that Barack Obama has, it would be called a hate crime.
5) 5 Million: The average unemployment rate during George Bush's time in office was roughly 5.3% as compared to 8.2% today, which is part of the longest streak of over 8% unemployment since the Great Depression. However, because of the way the unemployment rate is calculated, even those horrific numbers don't give you the full sense of the Mt. Krakatoa-like havoc that Barack Obama has wreaked on the job market.
When the recession supposedly officially ended in June, 2009, the labor force participation rate was still 65.7%.
In the latest, much celebrated unemployment report, the labor force participation rate had plummeted to 63.7%, the most rapid decline in U.S. history. That means that under President Obama nearly 5 million Americans have fled the workforce in hopeless despair.
The trick is that when those 5 million are not counted as in the work force, they are not counted as unemployed either. They may desperately need and want jobs. They may be in poverty, as many undoubtedly are, with America suffering today more people in poverty than in the entire half century the Census Bureau has been counting poverty.
In other words, there are 5 million Americans who not only lost their jobs, but who became so discouraged trying to find a job that they just gave up. That's definitely a "change," but the only "hope" at this point is that Obama will be voted out of office so that those people will be able to get back into the labor market.
Publicado: 04-24-2012 12:00 PM