With the United States facing a national debt of more than $14 trillion, the largest since World War Two, wouldn’t it make sense for the White House itself to start trimming its own spending? A good place to begin cutting would be Michelle Obama’s rather generous vacation programme. Keith Coffler, who edits the influential White House Dossier, notes that Michelle Obama spent no less than 42 days on vacation over the past year – that’s one in every nine days:
Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore.
The total does not include a nine day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard that the Obamas will enjoy this month. Nor does it include a trip she made to Ireland and Great Britain in May, which I’m counting as official travel.
As Coffler points out, there is a significant cost to the public purse:
- British Paper: If White House Really Wanted to Cut Spending They’d Rein in Michelle Obama (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Even “Mother Nature” agrees Obama shouldn’t vacation in Martha’s Vineyard (politisite.com)
- See if you can solve Doug Ross Puzzle