There’s one massive point the the major media outlets miss when they do stories on Barrack Hussein Obama’s (aka Barry) trips. The massive cost of support staff and protection cost millions of dollars. The media never seems to add to the tally the millions spent transporting staff, armored limousines for the King and friends, protection, housing, food and more that is always payed for by the TAXPAYER. The U.S. Air Force flys around the clock air patrols which requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of expensive jet fuel. So that is supplied by tankers who also circle around 24/7 burning fuel and air frame hours. There are also E-3 AWACS and E4B NEACP 707’s command post shadowing the president 24/7, a spare Air Force One is usually staged nearby. Multiple giant C-17 and C-5’s are used to transport a dozen or more Secret Service protection vehicles. All of these staff and protection folks have to be fed, housed and entertained. Since 911 the Secret Service has gone overboard with there protection details, they have used 911 as an excuse to grab power. You have to remember in Washington power is defined by the size of your agencies budget. The president is one man, with one vote, under our constitution the president serves the people lately you have to wonder who serves who.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
By Fred Lucas
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s upcoming bus tour through the Midwest states typically viewed as swing states during presidential election years will be paid for by the taxpayers, the White House says.
Obama will start the tour on Aug. 15 and will talk about strengthening jobs and the economy, the White House announced on Tuesday.
“He is very happily getting out into the country again after a very sustained period here in Washington and he looks forward to talking to folks about growing the economy, creating jobs,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “We will have more details, as I said, about the specifics of the trip.”
Carney indicated he did not know now precisely where the president would go or what he might be announcing.
CNSNews.com asked Carney, “Is that a campaign event or a presidential event?
Carney answered, “Negative. That is an official event.”
CNSNews.com followed, “So it is being funded by taxpayers in battleground states?”
Carney responded, “He’s the president of the United States.”
Another reporter followed up about whether there was a political nature to the trip.
“The air of cynicism is quite thick,” Carney shot back. “The idea that the president of the United States should not venture forth into the country is ridiculous.”
The reporter said, “I didn’t say that.”
Carney said, “No, but you implied it in your question. It is absolutely important for the president – whoever that person is, in the past or in the future – to get out and hear from people in different communities.”
The national unemployment rate was 9.2 percent for the month of June, according to the Department of Labor.
A USA Today story published on July 17 asserted that half of the travels Obama made to 40 states (over the last 2.5 years) were to swing states, also called battleground states, or because they are not predictably red (Republican heavy) or blue (Democrat heavy), or purple states. Those swing states likely will determine the winner of the 2012 presidential race.
Ohio, with 20 electoral votes, topped the list for Obama visits, according the newspaper’s analysis. Republican George W. Bush carried this state in 2000 and 2004, but Obama carried the state in 2008.
One of Obama’s narrowest victories in 2008 came in the Midwestern state of Indiana, with 11 electoral votes. Indiana has typically gone to Republican presidential candidates.
In other cases, the state of Michigan, with 17 electoral votes, has gone Democrat in the last five presidential elections. But Michigan is facing a 10.5 percent unemployment rate, which could present problems for an incumbent president. Meanwhile, Iowa has been volatile in recent cycles, as its seven electoral votes went for Democrat Al Gore in 2000, swung to Republican Bush in 2004 then swung back to Democrat Obama in 2008.
The generally accepted policies in place since the Reagan administration for incumbent presidents running for re-election are based on legal opinions from the Department of Justice and Federal Elections Commission (FEC), which say that taxpayers should cover the cost of official presidential travel while travel relating to the campaign will be reimbursed to the government through campaign funds.
According to the FEC, when a presidential or vice presidential candidate travels on the taxpayer’s dime for political purposes, they “pay the pro rata share of the fair market value of non-commercial flights.” Reimbursement guidelines include payment of the “lowest unrestricted and non-discounted first-class airfare in the case of travel between cities served by regularly scheduled first-class commercial airline service.”
The folks at MSNBC must have a daily contest to see who can go the longest without there medication. In there zeal to shill for the Obama administration Martin Bashir has really lost it. The Obama, Pelosi and Reid crowd is in full court press trying to blame the Tea Party for there failure to pass a budget in over 2 years and dong nothing to address the obscene federal deficit, despite having 100% control of the House, Senate and White House. And being loyal Obama boot lickers MSNBC is in full court press to please there progressive overlords. The Tea Party is a movement of Americans who believe America is at its greatest when the citizen is free to prosper and live free from Federal government interference in our family’s live. The radical left fears this challenge to there euro-trash socialist agenda, this is why you see such comical howling from the jackals. The Republicans have held one half of one third of the government since only 2010. The Tea Party caucus is smaller then that, the movement must be doing something right by how hysterical the Democrats and there media mouthpiece’s are. The fact that many freshman Tea-Party house members are actually doing what they promised to do just freaks out the Washington Elite.
Bashir Brings on Addiction Expert to Analyze Tea Party: ‘Delusion and Psychosis’ – ‘Could Become Violent’
By: Noel Sheppard | August 03, 2011 | 20:59
The media attacks on the Tea Party are becoming truly deplorable.
On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir actually brought on an addiction specialist to analyze the nation’s most powerful conservative movement, and his opinions were nothing less than vile (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1U5Q1zATk
’60s Generation’ Liberal Howard Fineman Compares Tea Party … to 60s Protesters(!)
By: Jack Coleman | August 03, 2011 | 19:19
Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman veered into left-wing heresy on the Rachel Maddow show the other night. Fortunately, another leftist was on hand to point out Fineman’s apostasy, which he duly renounced.
You see, over in MSNBC land, nothing is worse than the tea party — or “teabaggers” as more unhinged guests such as ambulance chaser Mike Papantonio still like calling them. To MSNBCers, the tea party represents all that’s bad in America — racism, greed, xenophobia, bad fashion, poor spelling, the works.
So it was a bit of a shock to hear Fineman on Friday comparing tea partiers to previously venerated — at least on the left — protesters who occupied campus administration buildings way back in the swinging ’60s, man. (video after page break)
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1U5a9IW4a
Ignoring Senate’s Failure to Act, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Blames House GOP for Leaving Furloughed FAA Workers ‘In the Lurch’
By: Alex Fitzsimmons | August 03, 2011 | 17:58
If all you knew about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization controversy was what MSNBC’s Martin Bashir told you on August 3, you’d only know that it exists and that House Republicans are at fault.
Bashir claimed the thousands of furloughed FAA workers should blame Republican intransigence, but the truth is that the Democratic-controlled Senate let funding for the agency expire over proposed changes to airline unionization rules and cuts in subsidies to rural airports, including one in Sen. Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada.
Chris Matthews: Southern ‘Secessionists’ Want to ‘Kill’ Obama…’Politically’
By: Scott Whitlock | August 03, 2011 | 17:45
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took his hateful attacks on conservatives to a new level, Wednesday, smearing the Tea Party as “southern” “secessionists” who want to “kill” Obama. The Hardball host quickly amended, “politically.”
After guest Howard Fineman suggested Republicans have opposed the President from the start, the Hardball anchor retorted, “What? ‘We hate you, want to kill you–’ politically.”
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1U5aTrQLf