Would you allow your 14 and 12 year old daughters to go on a spring break trip? Probably not, I know I never did. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe in the whole spring break trip thing because it usually leads to behaviors that I consider very inappropriate for adults, let alone teenagers and pre-teen.
In the midst of the sequestration cuts when federal budgets are being slashed left and right, workers being furloughed, our border protection weakened, air traffic control towers closing, Malia and Sasha Obama are living it up at a very expensive resort on our tax dollars. Rooms at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas range from the cheap no frill $300 a night range to the luxury suites that go for $25,000 or more a night. You can bet that the First Daughters aren’t staying the $300 a night rooms.
Neither the White House or the Atlantis have confirmed the reports of the Obama girls’ spring break trip, people at the resort have been tweeting like crazy about seeing them. Several people tweeted about seeing them at Club Crush, a nightclub geared for teens and tweens. One tweet went out saying:
“OBAMA’S DAUGHTERS SMILED AND WAVED AT ME. I WAS IN THE SAME ROOM AS OBAMA’S DAUGHTERS.”
Since no one is officially confirming the trip, there is no way at this point in time to know how much the trip is costing US taxpayers. Last year, Malia, then 13 spent her spring break in Mexico at a cost of $115,500 to taxpayers. With the two daughters on this trip and the prices at the Atlantis, I would not be surprised if this year’s spring break extravaganza costs us over $250,000.
As a taxpayer, I find this type of behavior to be extremely offensive and insensitive. Obama is using the sequester to put our borders in danger by furloughing Border Patrol and Customs agents; he’s putting people’s lives in jeopardy by closing a number of air traffic control towers; and hurting the wallets of many federal employees who will be losing up to 20+ days of pay from furloughs. Then he turns around and spends possibly a quarter million dollars of taxpayer money for his daughter’s spring break.
Add to that Vice President Joe Biden’s one night stay in Paris that cost us $585,000.
Budget cuts need to start at the top with Obama. There is no justification for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for a spring break trip at a time of such financial crisis. I also believe that they should ground Air Force One and keep Obama in Washington to do his job. He doesn’t need to travel around the country to just look down on all of us lowly peasants and he doesn’t need to make any more trips overseas. Once the economy recovers sufficiently, then perhaps the Obamas can take a week’s vacation, but not 4-6 vacations a year.
We also need to bill the Obamas for White House freeloaders like Michelle’s mother who has been living high off the hog in the presidential mansion since the first day they moved in. Get rid of the $100,000 per year dog walker and the $227,000 a year calligraphers.
Taxpayers forget that the president and all of Congress work for us. We technically are their bosses, although you’d never know it by the way they operate. They all believe that we work for them, but if you read the Constitution, it’s the other way around and things won’t change unless we force them to change.