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    Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Obama takes his family on a very expensive vacation as he shuts down white house tours and tries to make sequester hurt.

    "President Obama’s trip this month to Africa, with the first family tagging along, is projected to cost taxpayers as much as $100 million, sparking criticism as the federal government scrimps along during sequester-related budget cuts.
    Among the related costs will be fighter jets; hundreds of Secret Service agents; a Navy ship with a full trauma center; and military cargo planes to bring 56 vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. The details were reported by The Washington Post, based on a confidential planning document.


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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Obama takes his family on a very expensive vacation as he shuts down white house tours and tries to make sequester hurt.

    "President Obama’s trip this month to Africa, with the first family tagging along, is projected to cost taxpayers as much as $100 million, sparking criticism as the federal government scrimps along during sequester-related budget cuts.
    Among the related costs will be fighter jets; hundreds of Secret Service agents; a Navy ship with a full trauma center; and military cargo planes to bring 56 vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet*proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. The details were reported by The Washington Post, based on a confidential planning document.


    Read more: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts | Fox News
    Do you and the others on the right understand government budgets and that funds from one budget cannot simply be exchanged into other budgets? I'm just curious if it's ignorance on your part or just purely partisan hackery?

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Bulletproof glass to cover windows....if anyone wants to kill somone inside a stucture they don't use bullets. Maybe "da prez" is thinking about a typical day in Chicago with drive bys are a daily event. With Africa being his place of birth one would think they wold foot the bill for the trip.
    It's nothing more than X's and O's.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by rhinefire View Post
    Bulletproof glass to cover windows....if anyone wants to kill somone inside a stucture they don't use bullets. Maybe "da prez" is thinking about a typical day in Chicago with drive bys are a daily event. With Africa being his place of birth one would think they wold foot the bill for the trip.
    Making sure hotel windows are bulletproof is nothing new with any president.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Do you and the others on the right understand government budgets and that funds from one budget cannot simply be exchanged into other budgets? I'm just curious if it's ignorance on your part or just purely partisan hackery?
    I suspect it is an indictment of how the government manages itself.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    I suspect it is an indictment of how the government manages itself.
    And with that criticism, I have no problem and happen to agree that the government is lousy in that regards. However, for some to act like this has happened with JUST THIS administration is a complete demonstration of ignorance or partisan hackery.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Do you and the others on the right understand government budgets and that funds from one budget cannot simply be exchanged into other budgets? I'm just curious if it's ignorance on your part or just purely partisan hackery?
    Except in this instance. The WH tours come out of the Secret Service budget. A good chunk of this trip comes out of the Secret Service budget (100s of agents with lodging, food and travel). Its the same pool of money.

    Don't care what you're political leanings are, considering the fiscal climate, this trip is pure and utter waste.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    In before the "but Boooooosh" crowd.

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishstyx View Post
    Except in this instance. The WH tours come out of the Secret Service budget. A good chunk of this trip comes out of the Secret Service budget (100s of agents with lodging, food and travel). Its the same pool of money.

    Don't care what you're political leanings are, considering the fiscal climate, this trip is pure and utter waste.
    Yet again, I have no problem with criticizing the government in general on this. However, when the criticism is only applied to Obama and not past and present politicians it looks more like whining.

    In this day and age with conferencing, there is no reason a politician needs to travel back and forth between congress and their hometown. Many meetings can be done with video conferencing. If you want to stop fraud, waste, and abuse it shouldnb't just be with the president but with ALL politicians.

    How about all the perks that politicians in Congress use? Are you railing against all those or are you just passive and go after the president?

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    Re: Costly Obama family trip to Africa under fire amid sequester cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    And with that criticism, I have no problem and happen to agree that the government is lousy in that regards. However, for some to act like this has happened with JUST THIS administration is a complete demonstration of ignorance or partisan hackery.

    The point is the timing and the value of the trip to the American people. Spending $100 million on a trip that will have no ROI at a time when all Americans are cutting back is just gaudy. If Obama really wants to be a leader he needs to show that he is willing to cut back himself when the American people are feeling the pinch.

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